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Re: 1884 safe to fire? Loose Cam Latch.

Posted by Ken on Tuesday, 31 August 2010, at 5:32 a.m., in response to Re: 1884 safe to fire? Loose Cam Latch., posted by Ernie on Monday, 30 August 2010, at 9:34 p.m.

Thank you, Ken and Ernie. I thought of buying some new parts, but I don't know which parts are worn out! For example, I may order a new (hopefully tighter) breech block, only to find out that the "worn" part are the "female" hinges on my receiver. This especially worries me with the cam latch mechanism. Ken, you said that a broken spring could account for wobble? I know that spring is shot, because I fiddled with it once as a teenager. I was the only family member who insisted we take this gun off the wall, for a cleaning/oiling. I remember that the breech block was locked shut, and that I eventually tracked the problem back to that spring.

So, if I got a new, strong spring of the proper length, am I to understand that the cam latch, and it's wobbly shaft, will tighten up? Is there supposed to be that much clearance between the cam latch's shaft, and the two holes in which it pivots? It's frighteningly sloppy. If you gentleman pulled the spring out of yours, would your cam latch mechanisms suddenly wiggle all over the place?

By modern gun standards, there should be NO oversized holes, and no worn hinges or pins. Yet I read that the trapdoor's breech block is supposed to have oval holes, to allow it to lock in in some weird way. For the record, my breech block has NO front-to-back movement. When it shuts, it may wiggle side to side (that sloppy cam latch allows it to, from what I see), but it's solid against the "breech plug" if that's the right term.

If no locals work on these old guns, do you folks send them off to a specialist?

I hate to give up. If I can't shoot it, I'm going to have to build a display rack for it, fill it with pictures of the Spanish-American war or native americans, and lie about its provenance.


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