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January 5, 2010, 05:38 PM
As I was cleaning and reassembling my '58 .44 Remington (Pietta), the hand spring broke. I have read here that some people have a smith make them a custom hand/spring. Is there anyone has these parts for sale? I also think that the spring broke due to me not assembling it properly. Could someone point me in the right direction to a step-by-step tutorial on disassembly/reassembly?
Thanks for your time.
January 5, 2010, 07:28 PM
I found this one, but the accompanying pictures seem to be toast:
Ahhh! Here's the one I was thinking about:
January 5, 2010, 07:29 PM
Disassembly instructions can be found here:
Hand & spring assy's can be obtained from VTIgunparts http://www.vtigunparts.com/store/
and Taylors: http://www.taylorsfirearms.com/products/accessories.tpl
January 6, 2010, 09:24 AM
Where ever you get them, get more than one. The handsprings are the most common "breakage" on the black powder guns.
January 6, 2010, 10:06 AM
For 25 bucks, Cabela's has a kit with all of the pesky parts that need replacing now and then. The hand spring is in there. Here's a link (http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/product/standard-item.jsp?_DARGS=/cabelas/en/common/catalog/item-link.jsp_A&_DAV=MainCatcat20712-cat20817&id=0006195214052a&navCount=6&podId=0006195&parentId=cat20817&masterpathid=&navAction=push&catalogCode=9IS&rid=&parentType=index&indexId=cat20817&hasJS=true).
January 6, 2010, 10:26 AM
While you are ordering hand springs get a couple extra trigger/bolt springs. I bought two otherwise good condition pistols as non-functioning hulks because the trigger/bolt spring was broke.
and, if you think about it, order an 1849 Colt for me. I'll give you my address via sep cor. ;)
January 6, 2010, 11:18 AM
Thanks for all the help :). I ordered two hand/springs from VTI. I understand that I might have to trim the hand a bit to get it to work properly. Is there a procedure for checking the timing? Before the spring broke, I had three clicks when I pulled the hammer back slowly. One for the halfcock, second for the bolt, and third for the locked back position. Is this normal? I can see how the trigger and hammer work together, but I do not understand what the bolt/cylinder lock is doing:confused:.
Thanks for your time.
January 6, 2010, 11:57 AM
Changing the hand spring should not effect timing as long as the spring applies generally the same pressure as did the original. To change the spring, you do not need to make any changes to the business end of the hand.
I bought a hand from DGW and it came with a spring. I had to do a lot of work on the hand shape and length to get it to time right. But hopefully you will avoid that by using the original hand.
I second Hardcase's comment about the parts kit. I bought one but wound up using only some of the parts included. I don't mind because it is always good to have spares laying around. Cabela's photo shows a Remington kit for Colt revolvers (Obviously, they are different) and the cost for Remington is twice the price for Colt.
Your description of the way the pistol sounds when the hammer is drawn back seems right. I seem to remember Mykeal providing an excellent description of the sounds a pistol makes while it is being cocked and what each click actually means.
January 6, 2010, 12:23 PM
You can replace just the spring on the hand, use a piece of feeler gauge. The steel from a feeler gauge well not break like the replica parts.
You can buy the same replacement parts from Dixie Gun Works for normally much cheaper than most other suppliers. It pays to check prices.
January 7, 2010, 08:22 PM
I appreciate all the information. I also found an article by Mohave Gambler called Tuning the Pietta Remington New Army Revolver. I found many places inside the frame that I had to clean up to make things work better. I did some stoning of the hammer and now it runs better than ever. I can't wait for my parts to come in. Again, many thanks to everyone:D.
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