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1858 Remington Revolvers / Re: Need a rear sight screw for the pietta target model
« Last post by Omnivore on August 23, 2017, 05:28:17 PM »
Hmm, well you say the rear sight retention screrw is "stripped out" but that could mean several different things.  Either the threads in the frame are stripped out, the threads on the screw are stripped out, or the screw slot is stripped out.  Different solutions are indicated depending on which of the three problems you have.

If the screw threads are stripped, then almost certainly the threads in the frame have been compromised to some degree also (depending on the relative hardnesses of the screw and frame).

If the threads in the frame are OK, then my first action would be to call Taylor's, which, last I knew, had a pretty knowledgeable parts department.

If you're not sure about the thread pitch and diameter, then I'd bet it's metric, being that the gun came out of Italy.  That may not matter though, if the frame is going to be re-tapped.

In any case you could always tap the frame to some slightly larger thread and replace the screw with something more generic, such as from Brownell's, or Marble Arms, or Williams, or Hiviz, et al, with the possible need to chuck the screw and file down the head diameter a bit.

If the screw slot is the only problem, then I've sometimes been able to re-cut the slot with a wider slot file, or a hacksaw, mount it in a drill chuck and touch it up with fine carbide sandpaper, re-blue it, and have it look and work essentially like new.  Just don't take away so much of the head that it weakens it too much, or the head could split out when you torque on it.

In a worst case, any gunsmith worth the title (or any musical instrument repair shop) could fabricate a new screw on the lathe, blue it, and even re-tap the frame if necessary, without any trouble.

A little folding thread gauge (one metric, and one S.A.E.) and a dial caliper (both inexpensive) can go a long way in these situations, but it is often very difficult to distinguish between certain S.A.E. and metric threads unless you have more thread length to look at.
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Scatterguns / Re: 1880 12ga wallhanger..... (not)
« Last post by Hawg on August 23, 2017, 04:33:43 PM »
Did some checking and a dude named Draper took out a patent in 1864 on a brass shell with a head that screwed off and had a percussion nipple under it. Does that fit your criteria? It was basically a centerfire shell that used a percussion cap as a primer.
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1858 Remington Revolvers / Need a rear sight screw for the pietta target model
« Last post by fawkes on August 23, 2017, 04:30:38 PM »
Hello everyone, im new here and am looking for some help finding the proper screw for my newly acquired 1858. I have an [AL] date stamped 1983 pietta target model that i picked up cheap. The bad news is the previous over stripped out the front rear sight screw and the hand screw. I drilled them and got them out with some heat, screw extractors, and patience thankfully. The hand screw was easy to find but the rear sight screw (#42) i ordered from EMF company was incorrect. Before i spend another $6 on one measly screw, does anyone know where i can find the PROPER screw for the front of the target sight that screws it to the top strap? It is 8-32 thread if memory serves me right

Thanks everyone for your help!
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Gunsmithing/Tuning/Parts & Repairs / Re: All about Defarb
« Last post by Dellbert on August 23, 2017, 03:25:44 PM »
I thank you did a good work on both of them Hewy.
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1858 Remington Revolvers / Re: Remington New Police
« Last post by Hewy on August 23, 2017, 01:38:50 PM »
Keeping this posting up for awhile, just might find one.
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Scatterguns / Re: 1880 12ga wallhanger..... (not)
« Last post by Len on August 23, 2017, 01:26:20 PM »
Hawg, you disappoint me, but thanks anyway. You haven't been faulted yet, to my knowledge.
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Scatterguns / Re: 1880 12ga wallhanger..... (not)
« Last post by Hawg on August 23, 2017, 01:08:56 PM »
Could any of you guys direct me as to finding info about breechloading percussion shotguns?
(Similar to the breechloading Smith percussion carbine). Did such stuff exist?

Didn't exist to my knowledge.
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Gunsmithing/Tuning/Parts & Repairs / Re: All about Defarb
« Last post by Hawg on August 23, 2017, 01:07:30 PM »
I like the cushioned files with coarse grit on one side and finer grit on the other side. I use them on my airplanes.
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Scatterguns / Re: 1880 12ga wallhanger..... (not)
« Last post by Len on August 23, 2017, 01:05:56 PM »
Could any of you guys direct me as to finding info about breechloading percussion shotguns?
(Similar to the breechloading Smith percussion carbine). Did such stuff exist?
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1858 Remington Revolvers / Re: Remington New Police
« Last post by PaleHawkDown on August 23, 2017, 12:46:43 PM »
Have any repros been made of the Police Model in the same scale as the original ?

I couldn't find any. I found reference to an FIE New Police model, but there was no picture and with FIE I would almost guarantee that it was built off of a full-sized frame - the way Pietta does their police model Colts.

I was kind of hoping I would post this and one of the fellas would say, "Why I just happen to have one in a pile of junk."

We'll probably hook the customer up with a gunsmith/machinist friend of ours.
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