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How to straighten a Colt 1860 cylinder pin?

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by FIVETWOSEVEN, Nov 28, 2012.

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  1. FIVETWOSEVEN

    FIVETWOSEVEN Member

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    Long story short, I bent the threads in my Colt by shooting 30 grains loads of Pyrodex preformed capsules. The cylinder pin is slightly bent to the right as a result. What happened is that the threads in the brass frame bent and possibly stretched. The pin itself is fine. I tried to find a replacement frame but found everything but the frame so I am pretty much stuck with what I have. What do you guys recommend to fix my gun? I have heard about using a thread straightener and also heating the frame with the pin in and tapping the pin straight.
     
  2. arcticap

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    Here's one for sale on Gunbroker:

    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=318606610

    ebay has 5 different Pietta frames for sale. Just type "Pietta" into the eBay search box. One brass frame is currently as low as $15, and there's also Pietta steel frames for sale.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pietta-1851-Navy-Colt-44-Caliber-Black-Powder-Revolver-Cylinder-Parts-/160930496084?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2578347e54



    I don't how to fix it but Cabela's is having a sale and there's $20 rebate codes.
    The parts have some value if you want to sell them off separately, and they may be worth nearly as much as a new brass frame gun.
    Or if you do decide to buy a new steel frame Pietta Colt, the barrel and grip frame can be used to build a snubbie and to make a birdshead type grip. Plus you would still have an extra cylinder to use or to sell.
    Or hold on to the whole gun until a suitable replacement frame can be found.


    http://www.cabelas.com/catalog/browse/shooting-black-powder-pistols-revolvers/_/N-1100201/No-0/Ns-CATEGORY_SEQ_104503680?WTz_l=SBC%3BMMcat104792580%3Bcat104701680&WTz_st=GuidedNav&WTz_stype=GNP&recordsPerPage=48
     
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    I am not looking to replace it but fix it. It is a fun project that I am working on. I bought the gun for $20 in pretty rough condition. I am refinishing the gun so I will have a nice wall hanger that when I get the urge to shoot BP I can. I am not a big BP person at all but I want my Colt working again. Thanks for finding those frames for me. That is helpful.
     
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    If the frame is going to end up being thrown away anyway then there's no harm in trying to fix it.
    But I don't think that anyone can tell you what the chances are of fixing it well enough to be a shooter again. However it sounds more like a candidate for replacement than repair because of this statement:

     
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    I was able to straighten it with force and now it's back together like it should be. One concern I have is that the cylinder has slight back and forth movement. I don't see how it could be tightened but the hand does hold it forward. Is that an issue?
     
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    Nope.
     
  7. 72coupe

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    Put a helicoil in the frame.
     
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