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Offline MikeM.

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Uberti 1873 Dust Cover
« on: June 28, 2019, 08:03:20 am »
The dust cover on my new Uberti 1873 Carbine seems to me like it is too loose. Slides back and forth with no effort at all. I don?t want to take it off so please don?t recommend that but is there anything that I can do to  tighten that up a little? Maybe get a new one and try it??

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Re: Uberti 1873 Dust Cover
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2019, 08:34:48 am »
Well you do need to take it off to fix it ...so   .....

There is simple spring under the cover that bears on the underside that adds tension..
on originals it is flat spring held with 1 screw
on Uberti's it a coil spring   

simply remove the one screw in the top cover and slide the cover to rear , the locator will slide out.
Cock the hammer and the cover will continue to the rear  and detach ( be careful here,  as the spring will try to leap out ..

you either replace the spring or try to stretch a bit for more tension, one other option would to add  1 # 8 steel shot  in the hole then the spring.

On originals remove the flat spring hold down screw and replace the flat spring,  Available from Winchester Bob
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Re: Uberti 1873 Dust Cover
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2019, 09:26:38 am »
Can an original type be put on the Uberti??

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Re: Uberti 1873 Dust Cover
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2019, 01:10:50 pm »

Ah, .... sort of.  You can do anything for enough money.  The Uberti dust cover is designed to work the same as the original.  However, it gets there in a different way.  The frame is not drilled nor tapped for a flat spring.  It would be far more trouble than it is worth.  I must honestly say, In the years I built competition Toggle Link rifles for CAS, I never had reason to even see if an original sample example would fit.

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Re: Uberti 1873 Dust Cover
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2019, 01:15:50 pm »
Understood....... just curious

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Re: Uberti 1873 Dust Cover
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2019, 10:28:31 pm »
Was it always like that? Maybe the spring is missing or if the problem just started it might have just broken. Seems kind of odd to have broken but I guess anything can happen. Usually those will shoot the little ball bearing across the room if you're not careful.
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Re: Uberti 1873 Dust Cover
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2019, 09:40:47 am »

Well Hi Cliff  ;D

Yes, I must admit I have had occasion to get out the magnet and search for the tiny little ball hiding in the Dust Bunnies across the room under the "other" workbench by the door.  :o Never found it.  :'( It's still somewhere inna shop.  Hadda order up a new one.  Shipping was more than the tiny little part.  :P I actually ordered several other parts to make up a reasonable package.

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Unless I are greatly mistaken, you are down to "Take it Apart" to see if there is a simple fix for your loose Dust Cover.  Always the possibility some ham fisted assembly puke at Uberti forgot to put a part in there.  Happens sometimes.  Just remember to cover the the frame with yer thumb as you draw the Dust Cover back.  Or go buy a nice strong magnet first.  ::)

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Re: Uberti 1873 Dust Cover
« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2019, 06:21:32 pm »
I have in the neighborhood of 10 of those dust covers in my parts box, along with the rest of the parts that secure them. Why? They serve no useful purpose. They are just something else to remove when the rifle is disassembled for cleaning or repair.
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Re: Uberti 1873 Dust Cover
« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2019, 07:46:14 pm »

Ah Contrare Monsieur Wildman   ::)

Those little annoying Dust Covers serve a vital purpose.  When closed they serve to keep the crud and lint from your saddle scabbard out of the Carrier Block mortice.  Hence, off the Breach Block.  Insuring a nice clean functioning rifle when you dismount to defend the Hacienda.

If, On the other hand, you have no horse, Hence no saddle nor scabbard, they actually serve no purpose other than to annoy you.   ::)   Burma Shave   8) 

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Re: Uberti 1873 Dust Cover
« Reply #9 on: July 01, 2019, 09:11:54 pm »
In days long gone I would indeed have left them intact, however shooting CAS they are not functional and as many rounds as are shot they do indeed create a minor annoyance if one is shooting straight walled cases with the one true powder, or even some the new fangled stuff, when indeed it becomes necessary to strip the rifle and degunk it occasionally to maintain some slight degree of functionality.  :P
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Re: Uberti 1873 Dust Cover
« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2019, 10:11:40 pm »
Well Hi Cliff  ;D

Yes, I must admit I have had occasion to get out the magnet and search for the tiny little ball hiding in the Dust Bunnies across the room under the "other" workbench by the door.  :o Never found it.  :'( It's still somewhere inna shop.  Hadda order up a new one.  Shipping was more than the tiny little part.  :P I actually ordered several other parts to make up a reasonable package.

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Unless I are greatly mistaken, you are down to "Take it Apart" to see if there is a simple fix for your loose Dust Cover.  Always the possibility some ham fisted assembly puke at Uberti forgot to put a part in there.  Happens sometimes.  Just remember to cover the the frame with yer thumb as you draw the Dust Cover back.  Or go buy a nice strong magnet first.  ::)

Well at least it didn't put your eye out ;D I've often wondered if the fella that installs the dust covers at Uberti wears an eye patch. :o
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