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FlBob518 05-23-2010 03:25 PM

Old Colt Detective Special
 
I took a Colt Detective Special that got handed down from my grandfather to the range. I shot normal .38 ammo, not +P. I noticed that the cylinder drops out kind of stiff and the cylinder itself does not spin freely (kind of stiff also). Oiling it externally does not seem to free it up any. Is this something to be concerned about? I read that taking a Colt revolver cylinder apart is a nightmare.

c3shooter 05-24-2010 02:38 AM

Lubricants, especially when mixed with residue from burning powder, DOES dry up and stiffen with age. Working in a good penetrating oil (IMHO, product called KROIL is best ever made) will help- but it may be time to get the pieces parts apart and cleaned. And yes, this might be a good one to sub out to a pistolsmith that knows what he is doing- and a request for a detailed cleaning will not be the first one that smith has heard.

doctherock 05-24-2010 02:45 AM

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Originally Posted by c3shooter (Post 289423)
Lubricants, especially when mixed with residue from burning powder, DOES dry up and stiffen with age. Working in a good penetrating oil (IMHO, product called KROIL is best ever made) will help- but it may be time to get the pieces parts apart and cleaned. And yes, this might be a good one to sub out to a pistolsmith that knows what he is doing- and a request for a detailed cleaning will not be the first one that smith has heard.

I agree with C3 on the kroil, I work heavy equipment and its all I use.

canebrake 05-24-2010 02:55 AM

http://i695.photobucket.com/albums/v...71100008_1.jpg

If this stuff doesn't fix it, see a pistolsmith!

danf_fl 05-24-2010 07:59 AM

That is how I "fixed" a revolver a friend gave to me. (I gave it back to him later)

FlBob518 05-24-2010 06:50 PM

Thanks!
 
Thanks for all the input! I'll go out and get some of that stuff today. Let you know if it makes the old 1932 Detective Special like new again.:)

FlBob518 06-10-2010 11:38 PM

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Originally Posted by canebrake (Post 289441)
http://i695.photobucket.com/albums/v...71100008_1.jpg

If this stuff doesn't fix it, see a pistolsmith!

Finally found some of this stuff. It helped enough to make it acceptable. The gun is more of a family thing that I will now clean and hand down someday. It shoots nice but has a very large grip and is heavy. Tried Kroil on a few other guns... it's great! Glad to know about it.

CA357 06-10-2010 11:50 PM

A word of caution, please do not shoot +P ammuniton in that sweet old revolver.

FlBob518 06-11-2010 12:02 AM

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Originally Posted by CA357 (Post 297923)
A word of caution, please do not shoot +P ammuniton in that sweet old revolver.

LOL, no way! The only ammo I have shot in it is what my grandfather gave me with the gun, some Remington soft tip hollow points. Shot a box of 50, not one FTF. Still have 50 left. He died in 1964, so the ammo was purchased before that! The gun is cleaned and back in the safe for another 40 year rest.:)

CA357 06-11-2010 12:38 AM

Bob, it sounds like you really value your Grandfather and his old revolver. It's nice to know that you're preserving a bit of family history. :)


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