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Old 05-23-2010, 03:25 PM   #1
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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.

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Old 05-24-2010, 02:38 AM   #2
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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.

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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.
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If this stuff doesn't fix it, see a pistolsmith!
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That is how I "fixed" a revolver a friend gave to me. (I gave it back to him later)

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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.

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

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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.
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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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