View Full Version : Cylinder back in Ruger Bearcat

September 12, 2007, 08:56 PM
When I try to reinsert the cylinder into my Ruger Bearcat .22 it seems to go in very snug but I can't cock the hammer back at all. The cylinder just seems to be locked in there. It looks fine from all sides and the center pin that holds the cylinder in places is all the way in. Any suggestions. I probably just dont know "the trick" to it.

James K
September 12, 2007, 10:50 PM
If it is the old Bearcat, the hammer has to be on half cock before trying to insert the cylinder.


September 13, 2007, 06:37 PM
The cylinder goes in fine it just wont cock or rotate after I get it in. How do I tell if its the old bearcat. Its probably 5 yrs old.

James K
September 13, 2007, 09:42 PM
First, I assume that at some time the gun worked properly. If so, let's try one question, then suggestions.

1. With cylinder out of gun, does the hammer cock normally? If not, then there is something else wrong.
2. If that is OK, then lower the hammer all the way.
3. Pull the hammer back slowly to the half cock position. That is the second notch (second click), not the first.
4. With the loading gate open, drop the cylinder into the frame.
5. Turn the cylinder clockwise (looking from the rear of the gun) while pressing it in. The cylinder should "snap" in place as it moves the hand out of the way.
6. The cylinder pin should go right in. If the cylinder pin won't go in, or binds, stop and try over again.

I suspect the problem is in Step 5, which takes a bit of practice to get used to.


Wolf Lies Down
October 3, 2007, 10:07 PM
-You know, on many of the SAA clones from Uberti, the "safety" device they came up with is a notch on the cylinder pin that, when the pin is pushed ALL the way in and locked into place, the action of the weapon is essentially locked up in a way that I think you are describing.

Does the Ruger have a similar feature, about which you are not aware?

Wolf Lies Down

October 4, 2007, 07:55 AM
KFDiesel: Sir; Go to "Strum Rugers" site; "Product Service" Serial number history
That will get you the year model.
Follow "Jim's" lead with a few questions.
Fixing anything that is in another room is tough. Be patience. :)