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clean 1851 colt

Old hickoryOld hickory Member Posts: 1,368 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited February 2009 in Ask the Experts
This morning I shot 18 rounds through a La pietta 1851 colt. I hadn't shot it in 4 years and now, with the wedge removed, I cant get the cylinder out. what did I forget??


  • perry shooterperry shooter Member Posts: 17,390
    edited November -1
    The barrel uses the wedge to hold it onto the frame Use the loading lever with the cylinder 1/2 indexed between chambers this will push the barrel off the frame and allow you to slide the cylinder off the front of the frame.
  • rufe-snowrufe-snow Member Posts: 18,649 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    If you didn't clean and lube it correctly 4 years ago, the cylinder pin might be frozen in place by rust. Black powder residue attracts moisture, which intern causes rusting. I would soak the cylinder pin with WD 40 or kroil for at least 24 hours, before proceeding as Perry Shooter suggested.
  • Old hickoryOld hickory Member Posts: 1,368 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    That did it. thanks!
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