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Re: 1884 safe to fire? Loose Cam Latch.
Posted by Ernie on Tuesday, 31 August 2010, at 9:22 a.m., in response to Re: 1884 safe to fire? Loose Cam Latch., posted by Ken on Tuesday, 31 August 2010, at 5:32 a.m.
The statement about it being "locked" shut bothers me, A LOT!
This weapon may be beyond repair without some major parts replacements.
Does the ejector snap back & forth when you open & close the block? If the ejector spring is bad (rusted solid), it will not apply pressure to the ejector & hence not apply pressure to the pin, hence not apply pressure to the block when opened. This will make the block feel sloppy.
The Cam Latch spring is NOT replaceable with anything but the original. DO NOT attempt to fabricate parts for the Trapdoor Springfield. The folks at SA knew what they were doing when they assembled these weapons. We would like to have more folks out there shootin" TD's, not less or blind ones.
This is NOT a tractor so "smithing" is not the way to go.
If you have arrived at the opinion that the Cam Latch is in need of replacement, order one from Al (this site), install it & go from there. The next item to try is the hinge pin, they are not expensive & may be the answer to the front "wobble".
The Breech Block may also need replacement. All in all the repair parts will not set you back that much.
Before you shoot it, PLEASE take it to a local Gunsmith & let him/her look it over first. Gunsmiths are not that hard to find.
If all else fails, you can box it up & mail it to me for repairs. I can fix it right & send it back ready to go.
Working on TD's is kinda like therapy for me. Keeps me out of the bars too.
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