The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Skunkworks > The Smithy

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old February 16, 2012, 01:39 AM   #1
toasty
Junior Member
 
Join Date: February 16, 2012
Posts: 1
A trigger that does not like the cold

I recently acquired an old Ruger 44 mag semiautomatic carbine (made in 1963). It works like a charm in warm weather, say above 50 deg F, however, as the weather cools, the trigger becomes progressively harder to pull. Below 30 deg F it is nearly impossible to fire. However, it returns to normal if the rifle warms back up.

Would this be a problem that can be corrected by cleaning do you think, or is this more likely to be a mechanical problem?

Ruger literature strongly advises against dissassembly of the trigger mechanism, so I have not yet attempted that. (Believe me, if the trigger mechanism is more tricky than the rest of the rifle, I may not want to).

As a newcomer to this forum, I can tell that some of you have tremendous experience with firearms. For myself, I have 50 years of hunting experience, but aside from cleaning my guns, I have never messed with the trigger assemblies.

Thanks for any suggestions...
toasty is offline  
Old February 16, 2012, 02:49 AM   #2
Scorch
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 13, 2006
Location: Washington state
Posts: 11,340
Yes, cleaning will solve this. No, you do not need to disassemble the trigger mechanism to do it. Either soak it liberally with a good gun solvent like Hoppes #9, or get some GunScrubber and hose it out. Don't forget a few drops of light oil afterwards if you use GunScrubber.
__________________
Never try to educate someone who resists knowledge at all costs.
But what do I know?
Summit Arms Services
Taylor Machine
Scorch is online now  
Old February 16, 2012, 08:39 AM   #3
Goatwhiskers
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 8, 2009
Location: Batchelor, La.
Posts: 438
For what it's worth, you do not, repeat: do not want to disassemble the trigger group. I had one brought in that the owner had completely taken apart the entire gun for me to put back together. Life got real interesting. Goat
Goatwhiskers is offline  
Old February 19, 2012, 12:13 PM   #4
triggerman770
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 9, 2009
Location: Metro Atlanta Area
Posts: 124
trigger

and use a very light oil 10W or less. heavy oils tend to gum up the fire control group
__________________
Small Arms Restoration, Inc.
" I started with nothing and Still have most of it left thanx to the federal gov't"
triggerman770 is offline  
Old February 19, 2012, 02:28 PM   #5
brickeyee
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 29, 2004
Posts: 3,342
Quote:
heavy oils tend to gum up the fire control group
And produce symptoms like those you describe.

Lighter fluid is also good for cleaning triggers, and leaves enough residue behind to prevent rusting usually.
brickeyee is offline  
Old February 19, 2012, 09:07 PM   #6
William T. Watts
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 20, 2010
Location: Central Arkansas
Posts: 725
soak it in paint thinner (mineral spirits), use compressed air to blow the excess thinner off, there is no reason to oil the trigger assembly because the mineral spirits has oil in it. What is left on the trigger assembly is sufficent lubrication.. More triggers are mess up by oiling plus oil attracts dirt to gum up a trigger, additionally when temps drop the oil thickens.. William
William T. Watts is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:31 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2013 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.07479 seconds with 7 queries