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Old 12-02-2008, 10:37 PM   #1
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Picked up a used Uberti Bisley (SAA) .45 LC today. I'm having a devil of a time removing the cylinder - tried all of the combinations of 1/4 cock, half, full, loading gate open, closed. The base pin catch pushes in and cylinder spins freely, but the base pin itself will not slide out. Seems to me I remember when I had a Uberti Cattleman (basically the same gun) several years ago it was the same thing. I'm wondering if I'm missing a step. Any ideas?

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Picked up a used Uberti Bisley (SAA) .45 LC today. I'm having a devil of a time removing the cylinder - tried all of the combinations of 1/4 cock, half, full, loading gate open, closed. The base pin catch pushes in and cylinder spins freely, but the base pin itself will not slide out. Seems to me I remember when I had a Uberti Cattleman (basically the same gun) several years ago it was the same thing. I'm wondering if I'm missing a step. Any ideas?

Consider yourself lucky! All too often the base pin is a sloppy fit that slips forward every few shots or so.

But, for stubborn pins, I usually remove the base pin latch assembly, draw the hammer to full cock, and use a small wooden dowel and mallet to drive the pin out. Works for most SA guns except New Model Rugers, where the transfer bar blocks your way. Brownell's sells a tool that will grip the grooves to assist in removing the pin, but I haven't tried one yet.

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Well, I finally resorted to wrapping small pliers in cloth and gently working the base pin back & forth while pulling. It finally came out. Appeared to be remnants of a reddish substance, maybe partially dried grease, in the inside end of the base pin bushing as well as on the pin itself. Not much but visible. Cleaned it thoroughly with solvent and gun oil, wiped and put back together. The pin now can be removed by opening the loading gate, putting the gun on half cock, pushing in the release button and sliding the pin out. One question – when I removed the cylinder, the base pin bushing that provides the channel for the base pin to pass through the center of the cylinder came out. It’s listed as a separate part so I think that it’s supposed to be removable but wondering if it just slides back in. That’s what I did and reassembled the gun with no problems. There appears to be no mechanism for holding it inside the cylinder, it just stays there locked in place when the gun is reassembled. Any info on that would be appreciated.

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Well, I finally resorted to wrapping small pliers in cloth and gently working the base pin back & forth while pulling. It finally came out. Appeared to be remnants of a reddish substance, maybe partially dried grease, in the inside end of the base pin bushing as well as on the pin itself. Not much but visible. Cleaned it thoroughly with solvent and gun oil, wiped and put back together. The pin now can be removed by opening the loading gate, putting the gun on half cock, pushing in the release button and sliding the pin out. One question – when I removed the cylinder, the base pin bushing that provides the channel for the base pin to pass through the center of the cylinder came out. It’s listed as a separate part so I think that it’s supposed to be removable but wondering if it just slides back in. That’s what I did and reassembled the gun with no problems. There appears to be no mechanism for holding it inside the cylinder, it just stays there locked in place when the gun is reassembled. Any info on that would be appreciated.
All is well. Thaty's the way it its supposed to be, a slip fit. Both of my Colts are the same way. Why its the way it is, I don't know. Ruger saw fit to eliminate this feature with no ramifications.

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