Dan Wesson .357 revolver Feed issues

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by Gsheehan, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. Gsheehan

    Gsheehan New Member

    Hey guys just looking for a little direction here. I have a full size Dan Wesson .357. Its my grandfathers and Im trying to see if i can get it functioning better. For all I know this gun hasnt ben fired for quite some time. What Ive been able to determine is that the cylinder feeding arm is not rotating the cylinder when the hammer is pulled back. This isnt a constant problem but it causes the revolver to be unrelieable and not generally fun to shoot. The cylinder locking mechanism seems to be rubbing the blueing off the cylinder as well. Possibly this is a worn spring issue, but unfortunately I am not certain. I have oiled, cleaned, oiled, cleaned, taken apart.....etc. This gun looks immaculate, but it keeps me thinking it is an internal issue. Any information or wisdom is appreciated.
  2. trip286

    trip286 New Member

    Stop by and introduce yourself at the Intro section, and Welcome to FTF!

    It sounds like the hand is worn on this revolver. It needs to go to a smith unless you feel like doing it yourself, in which case you can find some How-to's on youtube.
    The other thing you mentioned, I'm not too sure about. Is it leaving a ring around the cylinder? If that's the case, I'm not sure how to repair that, or even if that's normal. I have a ring around my cylinder on my S&W, but it functions fine and locks up tight, so I haven't worried about it.

  3. orangello

    orangello New Member


    Part #38 in the schematic on the last page is the "hand"; does that look like the problem (seems most likely).

    My Ruger GP100 has slowly formed a cylinder ring with use.

    Personally, with such a fine revolver at stake, i would not hesitate to take it to a reputable gunsmith.