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Re: 1866 Reproduction?
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Tuesday, 8 August 2017, at 10:27 a.m., in response to 1866 Reproduction?, posted by Dillon Warn on Tuesday, 8 August 2017, at 9:15 a.m.
I am sure your rifle is NOT a repro! They were originally finished satin bright, not blued like a modern gun.
It is in .50-70 - do NOT, repeat NOT, attempt to shoot .45-70 cartridges in it!
The firing pin is held in by the little threaded nut at the rear end (right where the hammer strikes it). You can either buy the proper tool at a collector price or carefully modify a small flat-bladed screwdriver with a Dremel tool. Take your time and get it so it fits properly to avoid scratching the gun. It would be a good idea to soak the breechblock in solvent first. If you don't want to take the gun apart, you can support the rifle horizontally on a table or bench so as to allow the block to hang open, into a jar of WD40 or Kroil, etc.
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