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Got my 1860/ wedge and cylinder questions

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by stevenb, Nov 8, 2006.

  1. stevenb

    stevenb New Member

    Oct 30, 2006
    Southern Indiana
    I just got this Pietta 1860 and the wedge wont budge a bit. Also I can move the cylinder to the right and left just a little. Should this be locked up tight or is it nothing to worry about? Thanks in advance.....Steve.
  2. Tommygunn

    Tommygunn Senior Member

    Jun 14, 2006
    Morgan County, Alabama
    Wedges are often very tight on new guns. You may need to get a brass punch and use it to knock the wedge out. You can use a small screwdriver, but whatever you use make sure you don't have it on the barrel when you tap it so as not to mark the barrel.
    How far is the cylinder able to turn? Some of my revolvers have a tiny pit of play. It isn't unusual.If it's more than, say, maybe 1/16th of an inch or so, that may not be good.
  3. Franco2shoot

    Franco2shoot Active Member

    Oct 17, 2006
    The Right side of D.C.-NOVA(Springfield, Va.)
    Pietta 1860 wedge

    If its like mine, you will need to depress and hold down the spring thats in the center of the wedge as seen on the right side of the gun. Mine has a small burr that prevents the wedge from sliding out to the left. I made up a roll of pennies and taped them in black electrical tape(not more than 10 or 15, its about 3/4 of and inch long). To get the wedge out I usually depress the spring in the center of the wedge with a golf tee, and then give it a smack with the penny roll. Usually performed with the revolver lying on the foot of the bed. Once you get it out the first time you'll see the burr I am talking about.

  4. Jim K

    Jim K Elder

    Dec 31, 2002
    You need to depress the spring only to completely remove the wedge, not to remove the barrel. The purpose of the spring, its little lug, and the screw is prevent loss of the wedge when the barrel is removed for cleaning.

    With a tight wedge, use a plastic or wooden hammer. (For those on the coast, a crab cracker works fine.) Brass is softer than steel, but can still batter steel.

  5. mec

    mec Senior Member

    Dec 27, 2002
    "If its like mine, you will need to depress and hold down the spring thats in the center of the wedge as seen on the right side of the gun."

    That seems to be the right approach. A lot of Pietta owners report a very agressive hook on the wedge spring.
    A bit of side play may even promote accuracy. A friend bought two k22s at a gun show, kept the one with the least play and gave me the other one. Mine groups better than his.
  6. Steve499

    Steve499 Active Member

    Dec 7, 2005
    Central Missouri
    I'd like a few friends like that!


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