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Re: 1884 safe to fire? Loose Cam Latch.

Posted by Ernie on Tuesday, 31 August 2010, at 8:29 p.m., in response to Re: 1884 safe to fire? Loose Cam Latch., posted by Larry on Tuesday, 31 August 2010, at 10:53 a.m.

Larry

Removing the barrel is very straight forward.

I have made up a barrel vise insert that uses leather as the bearing surface back by two pieces of 1/4 round moulding trim attached to a back board. It's hard to explain, but you will create a saddle for the barrel to set in. clamp this around you barrel in a substantial vise. I heat the receiver with a low propane flame just prior to removal. I use an adjustable machinist wrench as a tool because it will close down around the receiver. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. Wrap the receiver with thick rawhide to protect it from damage by the wrench. Heat the receiver (don't get carried away) & using the wrench on the receiver, tape the wrench with a rubber mallot until the receiver loosens. it will then unscrew easily. The same process is used to install the receiver on the barrel.

It is VERY important to get the barrel VERY tight in the barrel vise to keep it from sliding.

Align the witness marks using the wrench, heat, a big hammer/mallot, & care. If the barrel screws on beyond the witness mark, back it out & try Dr. Kosmer's process of marking the threads close to the barrel crown. Be careful here.

I have seen barrels installed using LockTite as a binding agent. It works!

Ernie


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