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Old June 21, 2019, 09:53 PM   #1
John E.B. Rawton
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Cheap Uberti Colt 1860 Army. What am I missing?

I have purchased (2) Uberti 1860 Army. Buying from seller A for 289.99 and seller B for 295.00. (Seller C was asking 380.00)
The first one had a barrel that was stuck on the cylinder pin and once removed, was impossible to put on. There was also a poor cast of the hammer exposing an imperfection.
The second one arrived today and is exactly the same with a stuck barrel that I can’t get back on and a deformed hammer.
Am I missing something buying theses guns at these sale prices?
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Old June 21, 2019, 10:24 PM   #2
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Get the barrel lined up with the pins and give the muzzle a good whack with the heel of your hand. If that doesn't work use a piece of wood. If it came off it will go back on.
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Old June 22, 2019, 08:02 AM   #3
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I’m sure I could get it back on with added force but I don’t think I shoud be hitting the load lever to loose the barrel or driving it on with a wood mallet. After some work around the cylinder pin and receiver inthe barrel with some sand cloth i got the first on to push off easily. I imagine the same for this new one.
I am surprised how tight they are compared to the 1851 I bought.
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Old June 22, 2019, 10:59 AM   #4
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The pin holes are 3 mm. a bought 1/8". They may not be aligned exactly, ream the holes slightly. I would Magic Marker them then try fit the barrel and see where the rub is.
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Old June 22, 2019, 03:20 PM   #5
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I am thinking it is not the pins. When the barrel is rotated to the left or right of the pins, I still can not push the barrel on to meet the frame, even inverted. If I turn the barrel 180 the pins insert with no resistance.
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Old June 22, 2019, 05:24 PM   #6
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I’m sure I could get it back on with added force but I don’t think I shoud be hitting the load lever to loose the barrel or driving it on with a wood mallet.
I haven't had a new one yet that wasn't tough to get on and off for the first few times.
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Old June 22, 2019, 05:49 PM   #7
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If you don't think it is the pins do the marker thing on the arbor. Would suspect the area where the wedge slot is broached through it.
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Old June 22, 2019, 07:36 PM   #8
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I’m going to use the marker to see where it becomes tight on the cylinder pin and then go from there.

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Old June 22, 2019, 10:13 PM   #9
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Likely what you are running into is the increased arbor diameter that Uberti uses instead of making the arbor the correct length to bottom out in the barrel lug. If you check with a micrometer you will find that the arbor diameter increases by a couple of thousandths at the point where the barrel is about to seat on the frame pins. This is a poor substitute for a correct length arbor and only works for a short period as removing the barrel for cleaning and seating the wedge will wallow out the arbor hole so it slips over the increased diameter.
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