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Re: 1884-needs Arizona Gunsmith

Posted by John 'JR' Hunt on Wednesday, 9 January 2019, at 9:58 p.m., in response to Re: 1884-needs Arizona Gunsmith, posted by Ken Bryant on Tuesday, 8 January 2019, at 11:37 p.m.

Since your present breech screw has a broken tang you will need to find a replacement that will draw up hand tight just a bit before the tang is vertical using the wrench to bring it to the final tightness. From what I've seen there must be some difference where they start the treading process on the screw and in the barrel since I've seen some breech screws that would get just past vertical after hand tight, if so you will need to find another replacement. That wasn't a problem at the armory since they would just get another from the bin that was correct. Thought about using thin steel shim stock in the case where I had the one go past vertical but that problem got resolved by finding a breech screw that tightened properly. Perhaps someone else on this board can comment if the shim route is acceptable if need be. I can't recall if there is a witness line to tighten to or not but the tang portion has to be vertical when fully tight so the tang screw treads into the trigger assembly at the proper angle. The wrench from S&S uses a piece of iron water pipe for a handle, think 3/4" but keep the length you use reasonable. The piece I uses is around 12 to 14 inches. Hope this helps.


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