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Remington 1858 Clone Problem

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Skofnung, Mar 16, 2005.

  1. Skofnung

    Skofnung Well-Known Member

    Hi Folks.

    I have a .44 caliber Model 1858 Remington clone that has a problem.

    First off, it is either a Pietta or a Pedstroli (sp? I don't have the gun here in front of me at the moment) that I bought close to ten years ago.

    Long story short, I loaned it to a friend and it came back broke.

    Here is the problem.

    When I thumb the hammer back, it won't stay back at full cock... it falls back about halfway and the trigger juts forward to around the middle of the triggerguard. You can pull the trigger and the hammer will fall, but I doubt that enough force would be generated to touch off a cap.

    So, what part do I need to replace in order to make this smoker work again?

    Any Ideas?

  2. 1858remington

    1858remington Well-Known Member

    It might be the hammer, or the trigger. take your revolver apart and examine the "hammer full cock notch" for any signs of wear, filing, or forien material. Then examine the trigger for the same. If the edge is too rounded, or there is some dirt or burr there, it wont stay at full cock.

    Another possible problem could be the hammer spring tension is too high. You can check this by backing off the trigger spring tension screw a turn or two, then try the action.

    hope this helps
  3. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Well-Known Member

    The most likely cause is a broken trigger/cylinder bolt spring. Turn the revolver upside-down at look at the front of the trigger guard. You will see a small screw. Remove the screw and you can lift the trigger guard up at the fornt and then pivot it upward and backward, and then off.

    Again, looking at the bottom of the frame you will see a flat spring with what should be two legs. The spring is held in place with another screw. Remove that screw and the spring and see if one leg is cracked or broken off.

    If so, buy a replacement spring, and reassemble in reverse order. To comment on where you might find a new spring I need to know who made the gun.

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