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Mdl 66 cylinder problem

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by QuickDraw, May 4, 2003.

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  1. QuickDraw

    QuickDraw Member

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    Last week I took my 3" mdl 66 out and was giving it the
    Jim March revolver checkout.Everything was fine.Returned
    pistol to safe.Took it out this morning to go to the range,
    went to open the cylinder to check for empty.The release
    slid forward but the cylinder won't swing out!Tried everything,
    even tapped on it with the plastic end of screwdriver.Nothing!
    It seems to function fine in every other way,just won't open!
    Any clues?

    QuickDraw
     
  2. Badger Arms

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    At the front of the ejector rod there is a plunger. This plunger is attached to the lug on the underside of the barrel. Insert a jewlers screwdriver or some other similar pointed small device to depress this plunger while swinging the cylinder out. It's most likely that your ejector rod has just backed out a little. Screw it in COUNTER-CLOCKWISE with as much finger pressure as you can. It's unwise to use anything but finger pressure, but most gunsmiths will use a pair of vice-grips padded with a few layers of cloth or patches to protect the knurled surface. Hope this helps. If it's not that problem, tell us and we'll try to trouble-shoot it for you long-distance.
     
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    Here's a picture to illustrate.
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    Badger Arms,
    You da man!That was it.I wondered why the knurling looked
    like someone took a pliers to it. :mad:
    Thanks for the help!

    QuickDraw
     
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    Had a nuther quick question for Badger Arms,
    is the knurled shaft readily available? I figured I'd
    replace mine as thats the only real flaw on the gun.
    Thanks

    QuickDraw
     
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    Hey thats great!
    I have a Brownells catalog,maybe with my C&R,I can get a discount!:D
    Just a note,I think the part is 15,12 is a handgrip.
    Thanks for all the help,THR is a great source of help for a
    newby like me!

    QuickDraw
     
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    Whoops. Yes, it would be REALLY hard to fit a handgrip to act as an ejector rod!!! :uhoh:
     
  9. Standing Wolf

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    Some do; some don't. I've found it helps to disassemble everything, clean it within an inch of its life, and use a drop of removeable Lock Tite. I usually wrap the knurled end in a scrap of leather, then use a pair of pliers, but if you twist too hard, you can strip and/or misalign the threads, and it'll come loose again.

    I'm not sure "misalign" is the proper term: threads can be distorted if you apply too much force, and thereafter won't hold well.
     
  10. Dogsoldier

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    Standing Wolf,

    I think you mean "stretch" the threads. Over tightening threads can cause them to stretch out of shape changing the pressure angle. You are right, when that happens you will never be able to keep the two parts tight.
     
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    Oh yes, one more thing..

    QuickDraw, Brownells will give you a discount with a C&R, depneding on the item. :)
     
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