Thanks fer yer opinions Pards.
Thumper,I could come to yer place and work for food and......the permission to use your blacksmith shop?
Raven, it's the thumb tight that gets me wondering. People like it and it makes sense considering the guns were made fer combate and self defense and are slow to re-load. I'd hate to be surrounded by savage warroirs and be lookin for my wedge punch and little hammer to change out spare cylinders.
My favorite personnel way is to tap very lightly on the wedge with a little steel ball peen hammer I have and listen for that sound that is in the taps that tells me the arbor is bottomed and everything is tight and can go no tighter without deforming the metal.
That takes a tool of some sort,even if its a stick picked up in the woods, or the butt end of a screw driver to tap the wedge loose.
Of course I'm always tryin to turn the danged things(Colts) into target pistols to compete,in therory at least, with the venerable Remington revolvers. You know.....make the barrels of the Colts unmovable when fired thru. My therory is that if anything can move it will. Show up as a wedge that's broken in or seated in a little too much after not too much firing or whatever.
I thunk I'm re-evolving to a "thumb pressure install of the wedges though. I reasoned though,that the wedge has to fit "the rightest way" to get a good thumb press fit.
That's where the "make a living" part comes in. Usually to do a really good fit it takes time consuming extra fitting and file work to get a really good fit. Depending on how the Colt came from the fatory. Since the "Ultra Fit" isn't an absolute neccessity all that isn't really imperitive.
It takes some TIME.
I'd like to have some detailed history from the Colt factory from the past as to how the hand fitters went about the fitting.
When I think about how many Colts are still around and still fitted nice with "the original wedge", it blows my mind.
That doesn't take all that much though.
Anywhoooooo......I wonder.....what do most preferr? The thumb press or the tool tap in/out? Either way works well but in my opinion the 'best fit" needs to be there for the thumb press method.