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Re: 1884 safe to fire? Loose Cam Latch.

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Tuesday, 31 August 2010, at 10:21 a.m., in response to Re: 1884 safe to fire? Loose Cam Latch., posted by Ernie on Tuesday, 31 August 2010, at 9:22 a.m.

No one has yet stated the obvious - IF it was going to blow solely because of the MECHANICAL condition it is in, it would have!! The only thing we do not know is how much damage has been caused by rust since it was last fired. Having said that, I'll try and reinforce what has been pointed out before:

The very thought of MAKING parts when perfectly good replacements are WIDELY available at negligible to moderate cost (especially when one considers the rifle was free) is absurd, and potentially dangerous.

I'd replace the ENTIRE block and latch assembly, from one of the several reputable parts suppliers listed here - giving them the serial number, and condition required to match patina (or you could just send them the old block). That - so long as you explain that you intend to shoot the arm - will take care of all the wobble. If the block was still (too) loose between the receiver ears, I MIGHT make (or buy) a washer from some VERY thin steel stock, but the block needs some play. However, the hinge pin bears no firing stress, and may be actually be omitted!


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