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Re: Custer rifle

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Friday, 14 July 2017, at 5:13 p.m., in response to Re: Custer rifle, posted by mike on Friday, 14 July 2017, at 4:58 p.m.

I assumed that the extractor was not original to the gun because of the color difference - but - since you re-blued it and it is not case-hardened like the block and receiver, it could have taken the cold blue chemicals differently. So, I could be wrong on that one. It does appear to be the correct style.

If you mean the firing pin is frozen in the block, you may be able to get it loose, you may not - depends on how bad it may be rusted, or the spring may be broken, or the pin could be broken. Can you move either end? It looks like someone may have tried to tap the front back with a hammer? Don't. Remove the block from the gun. Remove the firing pin retaining screw, and submerge the whole block in a jar of solvent. It may have to sit there for a few weeks. If that doesn't work it's possible that you might not get it free.

IF you are still thinking of trying to have some testing done, ANYTHING that you do to physically disturb the front of the pin WILL invalidate any possible results!!!!


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