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1860 wedge too tight


Trigger Mike

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I suggest you fuddle with it until you get the wedge installed perzikly where you want it, then weld it in place so's you do not have to worry about it any more.

 

Doesn't Larson E Pettifogger have some saved articles that specifically address cap gun and open top issues such as this? Also, Prarie Dawg? If they don't chime in soon (it's a busy time right now) you may wish to PM them for advice.

 

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Too tight is better than too loose. It will gradually loosen over time. No need to rush the process. Drift it until it loosens naturally.

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I asked if it was a Pietta because they notoriously drive 'em in tight... the guy who retired from pounding in tent stakes for the circus got hired to seat barrel wedges. :)

 

When rapping on it take care not to hit the spring - that can cause the li'l pin to break.

 

Also, the neat li'l screw on the barrel itself is to prevent the wedge from coming completely out. Much appreciated if you ever get past it and drop that li'l wedgie into the weeds. On my two Centennials you I can actually fudget 'em past the screw, but it takes a conscious effort. Of course, if you want to completely remove the wedge... just go on ahead and screw that danged screw out. But don't drop it in the weeds~! :rolleyes:

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Too tight is better than too loose. It will gradually loosen over time. No need to rush the process. Drift it until it loosens naturally.

 

 

Exactatively.

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You can carefully surface the Frame/Cylinder side of the wedge until in fits correctly. Go Slow.

 

For an Open Top Uberti, you first MUST correct the Barrel to Arbor fit FIRST. Then fit the wedge. You may still have to tap the wedge out. I have alway used one half of a spring clothes pin to remove an Open Top Wedge.

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I have a pair of 1872 open tops and a pair of 1860 cap guns that I've gone through using Larson E Pettifogger articles that I have links to below. They are all great and my go to instructions. I agree with some of the above in that you don't want to work on the wedge to much. Larson talks about it.

 

Mine are still tight enough to tap out with a dowel. I wouldn't want it to be where I can pluck it out with my fingers

 

http://www.theopenrange.net/articles/Tuning_the_Uberti_Open_Top_Revolvers_Part_1.pdf

http://www.theopenrange.net/articles/Tuning_the_Uberti_Open_Top_Revolvers_Part_2.pdf

http://www.theopenrange.net/articles/Tuning_the_Uberti_Open_Top_Revolvers_Part_3.pdf

http://www.theopenrange.net/articles/Tuning_the_Uberti_Open_Top_Revolvers_Part_4.pdf

 

http://www.theopenrange.net/articles/Tuning_the_Pietta_Part_One.pdf

 

http://www.theopenrange.net/articles/Tuning_the_Pietta_Part_Two.pdf

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good articles. thanks. mine was a Christmas present and i have a conversion cylinder for it so need a wedge that comes out right . its the one with ivory looking grips and American flag cabbalas used to sell.

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