Colt Peacemaker .22 Mag Cylinder

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by jcd390, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. jcd390

    jcd390 New Member

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    Okay guys, I have a problem with my Colt Peacemaker .22 Mag Cylinder. Whenever I place the Mag Cylinder in, the gun doesn't not want to cycle as well as the .22 cylinder. Sometimes it works great and then at other times it want locks up and you have to force the cylinder to rotate. I am not sure what is going and I really didn't want to bring it to a gunsmith without asking for help first. So has anyone ever had any problems like this or have any suggestions that might help? Oh yeah, even cycling the cylinder with the gate open, it will occansionally become tough to turn. Note: the gun was passed down to me from my Grandfather and has never been shot so I am not sure if it just needs some break in. Thanks and I hope I explained the problem well enough.....:eek:
     
  2. nitestalker

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    You left out the most important parts of this. Is the gun loaded or empty? Does this happen during shooting? Are the empty cases hard to eject? Is the case heads rims jamming against the recoil plate?:confused:
     

  3. HOSSFLY

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    You read worse than me :p
    BUT he does need to say if loaded (i doubt it tho)
    The "once in awhile" throws me if its always unloaded----
     
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  4. Marlinman

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    Sounds to me like its a) out of timing on the mag cylinder b) the frame isn't opened up enough for said cylinder. That said we need to know if its loaded.
     
  5. Marlinman

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    Might be he's dry firing it.......and when did you learn to read hoss???
     
  6. jcd390

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    The gun is not loaded and it happens whenever you open the gate and spend the cylinder or whenever you cock the gun and lower the hammer, not dry firing just lowering the hammer with my thumb on it. I am concerned about shooting it until I get this worked out. Thanks
     
  7. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    You're dry firing a .22?
    Peening on the cylinder occurs and the firing pin will get ruined.

    Check the pawl (hand). The .22 Mag no longer mates good with it.
     
  8. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    If the gun functions fine with the regular 22 LR cylinder then the gun itself is OK. The problem is in the 22 mag cylinder only. I would guess that it is 1 or 2 thousandths to long. Could have a burr and then tight on the cylinder pin(maybe).
     
  9. jcd390

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    Nope, not dry firing.
     
  10. jcd390

    jcd390 New Member

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    The gun does function fine with the regular 22lr cylinder.

    If it is 1 or 2/1000 too long, what are my options?

    Also, what do you mean I could have a burr and then tight on the cylinder pin? :confused:
     
  11. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Still learnin-I'm gud with 4 letters or less ;)
     
  12. Marlinman

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    Send it back to colt to be fixed. Take it to a Smith to fix. What he means is its got a rough spot and wont turn freely on the center pin
     
  13. Marlinman

    Marlinman New Member

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    Dus dis me'ns wes'uns neds ta ta'k la'k dis?????;)
     
  14. jcd390

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    Would this be considered a defect that Colt would fix for free? Just curious but I have a feeling I know the answer. :rolleyes:
     
  15. nitestalker

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    The rachet is damaged on the Mag. cylinder. This has caused the hand to rachet time to be off. Colt will have a charge for this type of repair. I would take it to a local GS for repair. The shipping on this to Colt will get pricey for a small repair.;)
     
  16. hiwall

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    With the cylinder out of the gun, does the cylinder pin slide in and out of the cylinder freely? Does the cylinder turn freely on the pin? If it binds the center hole in cylinder has a problem.

    If it does move freely then my guess is that the cylinder is too long. With the mag cylinder in the gun and the hammer in the loading position(2nd click) turn the cylinder by hand several revolutions(it should only turn clock-wise). Is it binding? If not then nitestalker is likely correct. If it is binding then - pull the cylinder and inspect it to see where the blue is being rubbed off. Most likely will be the front center(around the center hole). Possible wear in cylinder front half way between center hole and edge. Check those things and let us know what is does.
     
  17. jcd390

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    Thanks hiwall, I will let you know as soon as I get home. Thanks again for the advise. :)
     
  18. jcd390

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    Okay hiwall, the cylinder moves freely on the pin. However as soon as I place the cylinder in the gun thats when I have problems. I can move the cylinder by hand several revolutions but every now and then it wants to stick and I have to get a little forceful to rotate it. I believe it is getting jammed towards the front of the cylinder whenever it touches the chamber but only at one or two spots. I would have to assume that this means the cylinder it too long. So how do I rectify the problem? Thanks
     
  19. hiwall

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    I think that is the problem but..... But I don't want to say any thing else without looking for myself. At this point I say take it to a local gunsmith. Or put the cylinder away and just shoot the 22 LR cylinder. Some things are just better left to the professional.
     
  20. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Another thing to look at is the pin that the cylinder rotates on is bent.

    Roll it on a piece of glass and listen for "clicks" (like checking a motor pushrod).

    A new pin can be picked up inexpensively.