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Question about my model 28

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by motorcycle-charlie, Feb 11, 2011.

  1. motorcycle-charlie

    motorcycle-charlie New Member

    i just picked up a model 28 and was very excited. i am sitting here dry fireing with snap caps and noticed that if i fire it upward at an angle, something stops the cylinder rotation and it wont fire. the snap cap in the chamber after the one being fired rotating downward is getting caught up on the relieved part of the frame where the cylinder comes in. anyone else have this problem with an older Smith? if the snap cap gets caught up i am assuming live ammo will as well.
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2011
  2. motorcycle-charlie

    motorcycle-charlie New Member

    pictures of hang up point

    should i stone this edge area down where my pen is pointing for a smoother transition for the cartridges to run?

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  3. Drail

    Drail New Member

    NO! Don't stone any of the breech face. You may have some excessive headspace issues with that gun. The most common cause of the problem you are describing is simply the cartridge cases have a sharp 90 degree corner on the case head and they are snagging that cut when the gun is rotated pointed up. I would advise you knock the corners off of the case heads so they will slide over that corner or use another brand of ammo or take it to a real gunsmith and have him check it out.
  4. motorcycle-charlie

    motorcycle-charlie New Member

    yeh, i really didnt want to take a stone to it anyway. i was looking at the snap caps and they do have a sharp 90 deg. corner on the head. i compared it to some .357 mags and some .38s i have and the live ammo has the corners knocked off. i think maybee i was just jumping to conclusions.
  5. cpirtle

    cpirtle New Member

    I think you'll find that the problem will go away when firing live ammo. Snap caps are not to normal spec and have a tendancy to flop around in the chamber more.

    Not that I'm advising aiming the gun in the air, take it shooting and then keep 6 spent cartridges to try it out with.
  6. motorcycle-charlie

    motorcycle-charlie New Member

    it's official. i'm a moron. i tried some spent cases and the gun ran fine. chalk it up to the sharp edge on the head of the snap cap. sorry for wasting everyones time with this one. i am back to being happy once again. i tried removing the thread but couldnt figure out how.
  7. Black Knight

    Black Knight Active Member

    Charlie you are not a moron. A moron would have tried to "fix" it before asking questions. Don't let this bother you. I'm sure there is at least one other out there somewhere who didn't ask and ruined their gun. Ask away.
  8. Iggy

    Iggy New Member

    Glad you got it figgered out.

    Now go shoot it and enjoy it.:)
  9. halfmoonclip

    halfmoonclip New Member

    Some snap caps have the material in the primer pocket that sits proud of the shell head; this can also cause binding trouble.
    No great sin in stoning off a rough spot on the recoil shield, but be very, very careful doing it. As noted, you can make headspace issues if you take off too much at the wrong spot.
    That's a fine, big revolver. Enjoy.
  10. dogngun

    dogngun New Member

    If you were a moron, you would have had the Dremel out and REALLY fixed that nice old Smith!

    One of my favorite revolvers-you will really like shooting it!

  11. motorcycle-charlie

    motorcycle-charlie New Member

    do you guts with the 27s and 28s run a steady diet of .357s in them or use them sparingly like a K frame? i know the N frame is quite a bit stouter in comparison but just curiois what you older N frame owners shoot through em.
  12. Black Knight

    Black Knight Active Member

    When I did private security the company I worked for would allow only 38 Special ammo. That is what I have mostly shot in my 28-2 and all my 357s for that matter. I would not feel uneasy at all about giving the 28-2 a steady diet of Magnums considering that it was designed and built with that ammo in mind. Now a days I shoot mostly 38 Special because my wife has considered getting her concealed carry permit and she can't handle the magnum well. She will also be using my 2 1/2" 66 as her carry gun. I'm glad she made a good choice. Essentially it has become her gun and I can borrow it from time to time for old times sake.
  13. Iggy

    Iggy New Member

    You don't need to baby an N frame.

    I shoot more .38's because they are cheaper. You just need to clean the cylinder before shooting .357s in it.
  14. motorcycle-charlie

    motorcycle-charlie New Member

    what about cleaning? i have never had a gun with such nice wooden factory stocks. i use Hoppes #9 to clean. do you guys remove yours to clean? will the wood eventually get funny from getting solvent on it? i got this gun to be a shooter, not a presentation piece, but i would also like to give it the best care possible and keep it nice.
  15. roaddog28

    roaddog28 Member

    You don't have to baby a model 28 with 357 magnum ammo. The N frame S&W revolvers were built to take a steady diet of 357 ammo. And because of there weight and the way the weight is distributed in a persons handle, they are one of the best for shooting 357s. They are very pleasant to shoot. I have a 28-2 4 inch. It is probably the best revolver I have ever had for shooting 357s.
    Good luck,

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