Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by PWGUNNY, Nov 14, 2020.
Sheesh, you give up much too easily. It ran for 5 shots, and then stopped; you can figure this out!
Your description of symptoms sounds very much like a burr or shaving binding the cylinder. A little extra friction is enough to prevent the hand from rotating the cylinder.
Take the cylinder out, have a close look at the frame where the front and rear cylinder bosses contact the frame, and at the recoil plate where the case heads almost brush the plate behind the cylinder. Look at the cylinder bosses for the same. You're after a burr or grit.
Reinstall the cylinder. Does it rotate easily unloaded with the gate open? How about loaded with the gate open? Loaded and unloaded with the gate shut, and the hammer back to ~1/2 cock to withdraw the stop?
And if you ever make it to Greenville, I'm happy to look. These machines are subtle, but that subtle.
I am encouraged to take another crack at this. I will update when I discover the culprit.
Usually the pawl is not an issue unless it was left out during reassembly, or the spring got mashed by incorrect reassembly.
With the cylinder out, hammer cocked there should be a springy pawl in its frame window. If its not there or floppy.... Problem.
Another issue is the base pin, whose spring keeps the transfer bar held out of the way of the firing pin. Base pin not fully seated or spring flew loose from its "staked" position.
I took out the cylinder, and I was able to cock and fire the gun. Still no good with the cylinder back in. I further examined the gun with a flashlight and I noticed something moving freely behind the transfer bar. I was able to coax it out with a toothbrush. The piece appears to have shearn off of something. Pawl? I will be calling Ruger in the morning for advice. Bummer.
Ruger will fix you up.
Unless you're experienced, its a Ruger job, as each finger on that hand must be fitted. One is tge starter the other is the finisher. Both have gotchas
Well done. Got it!
Hand fitting a new one might be a bit beyond entry-level revolver-smithing. . . so Ruger might be the best option now.
Thank you Steve51. This was good advice. I contacted Ruger, they had me print a mailing label. I Shipped the gun from FedEx. Ruger sent me 3 updated emails in one day, received gun, fixing gun, shipping gun back. These emails kept me from guessing and worrying if all was received. I had the gun back a day early. 9 day roundtrip and $30 shipping. They replaced the pawl, loading gate spring. I shot the gun at the range last night. Happy Camper!
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