First revolver question


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gfpd707
March 30, 2011, 05:41 AM
I have purchased my first revolver a s&w 442. Is there any need to take of the side cover and lube the internals? Second question. I have tried to search but have come up empty. What should I lube on a enclosed hammer revolver.

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LKB3rd
March 30, 2011, 08:48 AM
It is lubed at the factory. I clean and lube exposed moving parts, focusing on the cylinder area for most cleaning, and I drop a drop or two around the hammer. I also give a light coat of oil to all exposed metal, which I wipe down afterward. Especially if it is being stored for any length of time. You could give it a thorough cleaning, removing the side plate after shooting a lot (like a season), but it shouldn't need that too often.

jfh
March 30, 2011, 09:24 AM
No, there is no need to remove the side plate. And, any internal lubrication needed can be done with a simple drop or two of oil applied externally.

And, if curiosity simply gets the better of you, I suggest you search for videos on YouTube that show you the proper way to remove the side plate. I also suggest buying the Jerry Kuhnhausen 'Revolver' Book if you are interested in detail stripping, real or imagined gunsmithing needs, and so on.

Here (http://www.howtocleanthings.com/how-to-clean-a-revolver.htm) is a very simple (but satisfactory) link on cleaning a revolver.

Note that he does NOT include removing the crane / cylinder assembly. Because I shoot reloads, I do that nearly everytime I clean--some of my preferred loads are dirty, and the bores need special attention.

Jim H.

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