nipple wrench

Discussion in 'Blackpowder & Musket' started by rustycrusty, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. rustycrusty

    rustycrusty New Member

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    Does anyone know where to buy a nipple wrench that will fit an original 1849 Colt .31 cal bp revolver I've got it functioning again but cant find a wrench to take out the old nipples. I went to Dixie's website but apparently they are not the same company since being sold. I have a machinist that will make one but $$$ are tight. Thanks
     
  2. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

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  3. rustycrusty

    rustycrusty New Member

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    Dunerunner, Thanks for the tip. I calles them since they were in Ore. and were still open but the lady I spoke to said they don't have anything like that.
    I've just about given up and I'll just get the machinist to make me one. That ought to be cheap!:eek: I read the comments about Dixie's wrenches since Val Forgett sold and they must be getting them from China on lowest bid basis 'cause every one says they are junk.
    Again thanks.
    rustycrusty
     
  4. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

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    Sorry, rusty...They usually have everything! Good luck and keep us posted.
     
  5. rodent.22

    rodent.22 New Member

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    I got one from Cabelas years ago, excellent quality, don't know if it would fit original nipples....:D
     
  6. Bigcountry02

    Bigcountry02 Coffee! If your not shaking, you need another cup Supporter

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    Try the following, they have some universal ones and if you ask they might point you in a right direction:

    Cheaper Than Dirt - America's Ultimate Shooting Sports Discounter

    https://www.midwayusa.com

    Discount Guns for Sale - Buds Gun Shop

    http://www.fcsutler.com/fcfirearmaccessories.asp
     
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  7. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    ta1588 New Member

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    I'm sorry, I know this is a bit off topic...but when I saw the name of this thread I thought of a wierd contraption completely unrelated to firearms...
     
  9. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Ta- Stocks and stones may break my bones, but whips and chains excite me.

    :p
     
  10. lonyaeger

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    Of course you did.

    And, along those lines, I would expect Suprdave to come along at any time and tell us about HIS experiences with nipple wrenches.
     
  11. alsaqr

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    Same here. i was thinking of some sinister S&M device.
     
  12. Hawg

    Hawg Active Member

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    Most nipple wrenches aren't hardened and will deform on tight nipples. You can take a 1/4" drive socket that comes close to fitting and cut a slot in it with a dremel tool. I think it's a 3/16 socket but I'm not sure about that.
     
  13. rustycrusty

    rustycrusty New Member

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    Thanks guys for all your help. this is a real Colt 1849 not a repro. so I wanted to fix it right. The guy it belongs to had it sitting in a dresser drawer for 20 years, broken. He gave it to me to fix and I told him that I would work on it as I could cause my shop doesn't have much in the way of heat. I told him 6
    months, for the pistol and an Arisaka 38. Now he's crying about when is he going to get his guns back!!! Well the pistol went back today and the Arisaka will go tomorrow. I was going to disassemble the bolt and trigger assy. clean and inspect and reassemble. The he!! with it I took the bolt out of the penetrating oil and tomorrow I'll put all back together and give it back and tell him I would not shoot it but he can.

    This guy is a friend of my sons and I was doing the job for free and he still can't wait. If he asks I'll tell him to take it to Barnhill. He is a 'smith north of Richmond,Va. that takes 6mo.-1yr to do any work and if you complain he'll give you back your gun in a box and charge you for the box:eek:
    Oh well thanks for the advice and I did store all the suggestions for future ref.
     
  14. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Rusty- y'all are just around the corner, so to speak. That link I gave you to Track of the Wolf is for a nipple wrench FOR a .31 Colt. Sure you are not thinking of Charlie Baltz up near Ashland? All else fails, tell him to take it to KC Young over at Black Creek Shooters. In Hanover, but out near Cold Harbor.
     
  15. rustycrusty

    rustycrusty New Member

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    c3, you are correct. I was thinking of Baltz and typed Barnhill, who has not been around for many years. I saw the .31 cal nipple wrench but the guy who owns the pistol aggrivated me so much I just gave the gun back to him. He wants to shoot it and I did fire a cap only to test it,and it popped fine, but I don't trust the nipples that are in the gun now. He does not know how old they are or anything else about the gun. I don't want to inflict this aggrivation on anyone else so I'm going to let the owner figure out what to do with the gun. He'll probably stick some caps on the nipples that are on it now FILL the cylinder with 4X and a ball and blow the gun up! You can't explain to some people.

    If you want to get together and do some shooting, either guns or bulls, PM me for telephone # and address.
     
  16. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Rusty- will do- traveling for work quite a bit right now- hopefully as weather gets better, will have some home station time. Will give you a shout.