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Model 28 shooting loose?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Cato the Younger, Sep 7, 2007.

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  1. Cato the Younger

    Cato the Younger Member

    May 6, 2006
    Dear All,
    I have a model 28-2 HWY Patrolman in 357 Magnum. While shooting a fast string of 38 specials out of it (say 50 cartridges in 20 minutes) I noticed that the ejector rod began to come lose, as well as the top sight strap (the screw was backing out). Is there a perminent solution for this?

    Thanks All,
  2. Will5A1

    Will5A1 Member

    May 17, 2006
    SW Ohio
    Clean the threaded areas well, then apply blue locktite and retighten. This has worked for me in the past.
  3. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 Member

    May 1, 2006
    Between TN & KY
    Just a small amount, very small.
  4. cherryriver

    cherryriver Member

    Feb 2, 2006
    Northeastern Illinois
    Heck, I've always considered unscrewed ejector rods a Smith characteristic. It's a familiar feeling, that hard-to-open thing.
    In fact, when I finally got a later, newer-model Colt, a King Cobra, after all those years of Dick Specials and I-frames, and it did the same thing, I knew they'd Smith-ized the design for sure.
    But seriously, go reeeeeeal easy on that locker. Make it a micro-dab or you won't like what happens.
    Just to mention, a new 1974 Highway Patrolman was my third gun ever, and I still have it. Yup, the rod still unscrews because I'm too chicken to put the blue stuff down there.
  5. Pistol Toter

    Pistol Toter Member

    Jan 10, 2005
    NO!! Loc-Tite

    Do NOT use Loc-Tite. Keep in mind that those threads are very fine and as such easy to damage. If the anarobic is too strong any susequent disassembly will at best very difficult and maybe impossible without damage to those fine threads. With that model the threads will be left hand. Place three spent cases in the cylinder and unless you have one of the special tools use a drill chuck from an old drill and catch the rod down close to the cylinder. Do not use pliers as crushing the rod is quite a potential. The three cases take the stress from the extractor allignment pins that are located in the rear of the cylinder. DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN! Once cleaned, and reassembled the liklyhood of continued problems are slight as the cylinder turns in the direction to keep the extractor rod tight. Old Old S&W's had right hand threads and they did tend to loosen themselves.

    Now if one of you want to take me to task over my opinion; go for it!

  6. Dienekes

    Dienekes Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    Agree with the foregoing, but I do use blue (medium strength) loctite.

    I have done a lot of LEO S&Ws that way. I guess my philosophy was I would rather have them a bit too tight than work loose at the wrong time. They did otherwise tend to loosen up with some frequency.
  7. hemiram

    hemiram Member

    Dec 29, 2006
    Toledo, Ohio
    I've used blue loctite on guns for over 30 years without any problems whatsoever, except I can smell it forever, no matter how long it's been since I used it. I kind of like the smell of it, actually.

    I think my first gun, a horrible Taurus model 83, would have been totally useless without it, as it seemed like every screw on it loosened up when it was fired.
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