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1866 firing pin removal
Posted by Fred on Friday, 7 July 2017, at 10:07 a.m.
While sitting outside, thinking about stuff, I suddenly realized that a properly fitting flat tipped screw driver blade could be used to turn out the firing pin retaining nut in the breech block to remove and replace the firing pin. Although I hadn't the rifle before me, I could see that the driver blade could depress the firing pin and fit down into the driver slot of the nut to easily turn it in or out of its seat in the breech block. I got my rifle out and finding a well fitting screw driver, I was able to do just that as it was no doubt designed to allow. No special tipped tool was required. Wow. I was finaly able to clean out the built up crud in the firing pin well. The special formed tip 1866 tool wasn't required at all. It didn't work anyway on the stuck nut.
Anyway, I just wanted to share what most others had probably already figured out.
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