I had a stuck wedge in a Pietta J H Dance, tried any number of things and had zero luck, I was over at Home Depot looking for a brass hinge pin when I came across a solid brass sliding lock. I removed the handle on the sliding part so I could get at the part that screws to the wall, I cut one end off close to the screw hole and found it fit the wedge slot perfectly, a few taps with a small brass hammer and wedge moved enough so I could remove it with my fingers.
On the link below you can see the part I used sticking out. I think this works much better then a round punch. Cost about $7.00
Fingers you name it and I tried it nothing worked, until I made a drift from the solid brass surface bolt I bought.
April 30, 2012, 06:58 PM
Good adaptation of common hardware.
I have a solid brass range rod with a wood handle. The brass rod was from a panic bar for doors. Sure it's heavy, but loading is easy and it's for the range and not the field.
April 30, 2012, 07:58 PM
Tom, I read your post on another forum about this. Since the wedge was flush with the side of the barrel, you're right, a hammer won't do much good. I have a solid brass wedge remover from my Mountain Man days that gets used in a situation such as yours. When there is wedge sticking out that can be impacted by a hammer head, the plastic hammer is the go to tool. The Possibles Shop is one source for the wedge pin puller: