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Couple of Pistol Questions

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Coltdriver, May 26, 2003.

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  1. Coltdriver

    Coltdriver Member

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    Went out shooting my Walker today.

    I have not shot this pistol much. I did not know until reading here that you could use wads or grease but that both were not required. Wads sure are less mess!

    Two things happened today and I was hoping some of the collective wisdom here may have some insight.

    I had a hard time keeping the caps on through six shots. By the third shot the next cap up would be loose. Is there a trick to this? I am using CCI number 11's.

    Also, a couple of times the cylinder would develop a drag to it. The first time it did this I pulled the barrel, re seated it and resumed firing.

    But it did it again and the area of drag felt like it was on the inside of the cylinder at the back of the cylinder pin.

    Is there a common cause for this?

    I zapped a milk jug full of water from about 50 yards. Zowie!!
     
  2. RON in PA

    RON in PA Member

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    Tip for loose caps: before you put them on the nipples squeeze them a bit. Been doing it for years. Also try Remington #10 caps.

    You might be pushing the barrel wedge in too deeply causing a too small cylinder gap.
     
  3. Gerald McDonald

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    What Ron said, also make sure to grease the cylinder pin.
     
  4. Coltdriver

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    Thanks for the info. I will try a tin of #10's and pinch the rest until I run out.

    Yesterday, after I got back from making noise and smoke, I took the gun completely apart and scrubbed it from one end to the other.

    So, it is the case that if I tap the barrel wedge in too deeply that the cylinder/forcing cone gap goes away and the cylinder won't turn. I made that adjustment the first time. Do you tap your wedge in or just push it in by finger then lock it down with the set screw??

    On the binding do you think it could just be building up lead on too narrow of a cylinder/forcing cone gap?

    The binding seemed to be towards the rear of the cylinder. I took the barrel off and ran the back of the cylinder over the serrations on the cylinder pin and it seemed to clear off what ever was holding it up.
     
  5. BigG

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    The serrations on the cylinder base pin are designed to hold grease, like water pump or wheel bearing grease. That should smooth it up.
     
  6. Jim K

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    The screw is not really intended to "lock" the wedge, only to keep it from dropping out when tapped free.

    Jim
     
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