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Old October 21, 2012, 01:15 AM   #1
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I'm betting this is my problem

I thought my walker and, to a lesser extent, my Dragoon were having problems with cylinder advance when cocking, because of Caps hanging up.
Today at the range my walker started locking up with EVERY shot fired. I looked closely after every shot to see if there were any debris from the caps and there was zero. If I applied just a little turn pressure to the cylinder before cocking, it worked fine. After running out the charges and cycling the cylinder at half cock she would work like a charm when cocking. But as soon as I fired a shot, she would lock up. So tonight I gutted her for the first time. Besides 2 spent caps, the condition the hand was in was surprising. Ive had this weapon since August and have put maybe 60 rnds through her. Looks like I'm gonna have to send her to a smith and get her fixed right the first time. Got a lead on a CASS smith in the Ft. Worth area. Any more in the Central Texas area?
PS- These are the pics I took tonight.

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Old October 21, 2012, 07:34 AM   #2
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man, what was that thing rubbing against? Is it something you can smooth down with a dremel? Most of the smiths around here tend to be the ar/semi auto pistol kind of guys, maybe Gatesville?
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Old October 21, 2012, 11:38 AM   #3
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The "well" that the hand travels in has a moderate amount of fine, metal shavings cast off from this rubbing that's going on. so it's in there were I don't have small enough tools for finish work. The ratchet teeth on the cylinder are also beginning to show bare metal in the same places. ( I think this is wear caused by trying to force the cylinder to move via forcing the hammer.). So she's down for the count right now but there is a specialist up in Ft. Worth that I'm leaning heavily towards.
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Old October 21, 2012, 10:54 PM   #4
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Try these how to articles. They may be using a Pietta '51 Navy; but, the principles and processes apply to any colt clone.
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Old October 21, 2012, 11:03 PM   #5
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Here's a reputable home based C&B gunsmith in central Texas.
He has an FFL and is also a BP loving cowboy shooter.

Take a load off and peruse the site here. If you have questions send me an email [email protected] or give me a call, 9 AM to 9 PM Central (TEXAS) Standard Time, (817) 219-2966

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Old October 21, 2012, 11:17 PM   #6
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Well articap.........HOME BASED only because I own all the property around here

If I lived in the city I would have to actually drive to a shop somewhere........

OK, Here goes.......

Those pics are indicative of the same stacking issue that I just addressed here:

The side of the bolt (while a terrible job) is actually supposed to look like that! What I mean is that relieving that edge actually eliminates some issues with it rubbing against the "port" where it protudes out of the window as the gun is cocked. The buggered tip is indicative of the cylinder binding (for some reason) as it is cocked, probably multiple things here but be sure that you are not pushing the wedge in too far and that you have at least the same amount of forward and backward play with the Kirst as you did with the stock cylinder.
The metal you have in the channel is probably from the tip of the hand and or the ratchet.

I would not continue to shoot this.

I can help you out and I am just North of Glen Rose TX about an hour West of Ft Worth.

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Old October 23, 2012, 04:53 PM   #7
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I'm learning a lot following you around from post to post Gary!
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