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Reliability of .50-70 models

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 5 July 2017, at 7:23 p.m.

David Gibbens - who is having trouble accessing the site - said he'd "take his answer on the air":

Q: Is the 1866 any more "fragile" as in parts breaking or finding replacements parts than the other 50-70's?

A: I cannot say from experience (or research) but, for myself, I wouldn't shoot one - that's just me, I know that others do. I prefer a receiver as opposed to a couple of screws and solf solder. The block is heavy, which tends to wear the pivot screw. The extractor spring is not at all robust. I'd have to think the 1868s and later were more dependable. I'd also think parts would be easier to find.


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