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Putting the main spring into a Remington

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by batjka, Oct 13, 2008.

  1. batjka

    batjka Well-Known Member

    Came home after the range session with my Pietta 1958 Remington, took it all apart and cleaned thoroughly. The problem I had was with putting the main spring in. After struggling with the spring for a good half hour I took pliers, grabbed the spring against the frame, bent it with my fingers and hammered it in place using a screwdriver handle. There's got to be an easier way to install it! Please enlighten me, I don't want to struggle like this again!
  2. sundance44s

    sundance44s Well-Known Member

    It gets easyer just give it some thought ....here`s how I do it , and its real easy ...I use a pair of vise grips pliers ..adjust the bite of the pliers to clamp on the edge of the base of the spring , covering just half of the base from one side , line the top up under the hammer roller and bend while inserting the base into the frame slot , release the vise grips , and tap that part of the base the rest of the way in with a wooden mallet , or screwdriver handle ...takes about 15 seconds .
    When you get good at it , you`ll be able to do it with a regular pair of pliers , it will just take a strong grip .
  3. Mike 56

    Mike 56 Well-Known Member

    Hold the spring with your thumb put the hammer in place and insert the hammer screw. I think you are putting the hammer screw in before you are installing the hammer spring.

  4. mike6975

    mike6975 Active Member

  5. DixieTexian

    DixieTexian Well-Known Member

    I just put the hammer in first, without the screw. Then I put the hammer spring in, and push the hammer down with my thumb until I can get the screw in. Then I thighten the little screw for the spring. Works pretty well for me, and I don't need any tools other than a screw driver.
  6. Mike 56

    Mike 56 Well-Known Member

    +1 That's how i do it. You explained it a lot better.

  7. Hellgate

    Hellgate Well-Known Member

    I clamp the grip frame in a leather padded vise upside down along the backstrap. I have the hammer already installed. I put the spring tip under the hammer roller and then I push the base of the mainspring into the slot with the end of a 1" diameter hardwood dowel (section of a shovel handle). It takes two hands but I am not marring the gun with metal tools that could slip.
  8. Smokin_Gun

    Smokin_Gun Well-Known Member

    What'll help is to polish or .0005" less off the base of the mainspring so as it slides in and out of the frame freely. Then with the Hammer installed first so you don't mess up the frame's threads, place the top of the mainspring under the hammer wheel with the base of mainspring in place and press the base into the frame.


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