Colt: Ejector Ratchet Removal


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MI2600
February 11, 2013, 01:04 AM
I have a Colt New Army, circa 1900.

Can anyone please explain how the ejector ratchet is removed? I'm assuming it's just screwed onto the ejector rod, but before I ruin something I'd like to get some advice/knowledge.

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rcmodel
February 11, 2013, 12:12 PM
Yes, it is screwed in, and then staked or riveted on place.

It would be best not to mess with it.
If you strip the threads, there are no parts, or at least very few parts available that are not in the same condition.

rc

Jim K
February 11, 2013, 04:32 PM
The last time I tried to get an extractor, the only ones available were for the .32-20.

Jim

dfariswheel
February 11, 2013, 08:51 PM
As above the ratchet is screwed onto the ejector rod shaft.

I don't recommend it, but some people use a socket that fits over the actual ratchets as a wrench.
I used a special tool that fit over the ratchets, but this was really nothing more than a flat bar with a octagonal hole that was a snug fit.

Note that the ejector rod and ejector are staked in place. This often distorts the threads right on the end.
When you screw the assembly back together, things may not go on straight because of the distortion.
For that reason, I used a die to chase the ejector rod threads to insure it went on correctly.
Once you get it on wrong, you're in big trouble because the ejector will be at an angle and you can't get it straight unless you have the threading die.

Also note, the head space is set on these guns by precision machining the rear face of the ejector to set the space.
A used ejector will have already been set for a different frame and may be too short to be usable.
Check head space.

If you need to further disassemble the ejector rod and spring, this requires a special tube wrench. You cannot get it apart any other way.
Brownell's sell the wrench.

rcmodel
February 11, 2013, 08:54 PM
Egg-Zactly.
Like I said.

It would be best not to mess with it.

rc

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