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1858 Pieta NIB Cylinder in 1/2 cock

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Got it almost apart, how do remove the Hammer and Hand does it slide down does not want to go in that direction, hammer too wide, do you remove the hand screw that screws into the hammer?

Marshal Will Wingam:

--- Quote from: Major 2 on July 04, 2022, 10:26:46 AM ---  Bolt spring?  is my guess, weak or perhaps loose?

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Glad you mentioned that. I wasn't thinking but that's something to check.

The bolt should not be involved at half-cock.  Broken bolt spring would allow the cylinder to spin with the hammer down or at full cock.



--- Quote from: Marshal Will Wingam on July 04, 2022, 10:00:52 AM ---Your assessment sounds right that it is probably a broken handspring.

As to caliber, 45 ACP and 45 Colt are both .452. I don't know about the bore on a Pietta but Ubertis I've seen work better with .454 soft lead bullets.

A 45 Colt cylinder will give you more options. Some will allow 45 Schofield rounds, as well. If you want even shorter cartridges, the Cowboy 45 Specials, which are the same length as 45 ACP, will work in 45 Colt chambers and I've heard at least one shooter say he uses .455 Webley in them. You can also shorten the 45 Colt cases to the length of 45 Schofield and still have historically correct rounds because in 1878 the US Government changed the official specifications for 45 Colt to the same length (1.1" instead of 1.285") so they would work in Schofields, too (the head stamping still read 45 Colt).

45 ACP chambering will only allow 45 ACP rounds.

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I have lot of 45 ACP factory loads and once fired brass and only a few 45 LC. I must have sold all 45LC Brass or lost it in the move.  I just got a 2nd Generation Colt in 45 looks like I will be in the market for 45's.  So I assume the best option would be the 45 LC Conversion Cylinder?

Got it all back together, everything looked correct, so I just increased the tension on the hand spring, hope that will correct the problem.

Thanks for all the quick replies, greatly appreciate it.  Happy 4th of July to all! 



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