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The cylinder on my colt border patrol is barely spinning. It feels like it has seized or is suddenly rusted in place. Is there a way to free it up or remove it from the cylinder crane to better clean it? This is the first revolver I've owned and I didn't know if I could remove the cylinder.
 

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I oiled the ejector rod and worked a bit of nitro solvent into the cylinder crane. The cylinder now rotates freely but there's plenty of brown crud working itself out of the arm. Is this rust or burnt powder? Is there a way to remove the cylinder or is there a better way to clean it out?

What does nitro solvent do to metal if left in the mechanism?
 

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I shot again two days ago and had the same problem. I had to work oil into the collar on the front of the cylinder to get it to rotate freely. Is there any way to prevent this from happening?

This is a picture of the collar on the front of the cylinder, just ignore the dust. :D

 

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I had a simular problem with my S&W mod 16
It turned out to be the forcing comb i bought it S/H and it was tight on one chamber.
apparently the cylinder dit not line up 100% and a bullet
hit the forcing comb on the side making it out of shape
showed the S&W importer here in Sydney and a week latter it was perfect and still is.
 

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I don't think anything is bent or otherwise misshapen on my gun, though. After I work just a little oil into the center of the cylinder it spins easily and typically some sort of brown muck works its way out so I can wipe it up. I've shot this gun at least 5 other times with no problems afterwards. It may be a design deficiency that allows dirt and powder to get in there but I would think a police revolver would be better designed.

I found that the cylinder cannot be removed. That would have made it so much easier. :roll:

Ausiebob, How did the importer repair the damage? Was it a simple replacement part or did the gun have to be altered? I'm glad it worked out for you. :p I think I'll have my gunsmith check my revolver for damage just in case, thanks for the input.
 

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There isn't anything wrong with the gun, thank God. It turns out that someone used some kind of thick grease or oil that caused much friction after shooting. I've finally cleaned out the center of the cylinder and it rotates just like it did out of the factory. :) I just didn't spend enough time cleaning that stuff out the first time. What a relief, I love this gun.
 

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Hey duel don't feel bad,I have a a-5 sweet 16 in the shop now, its so full of whell bearing grease it won't cycle !
if it wasn't for stupid people there would be no need for gun smiths
 

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This stuff wasn't quite as thick as wheel bearing grease but I had to shoot the heck out of the gun to get it to heat up and ooze out. After I got it home and worked enough oil into it the gun was finally rid of that "lube". I haven't had any problems since.
 

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meldrim gunsmith said:
Hey duel don't feel bad,I have a a-5 sweet 16 in the shop now, its so full of whell bearing grease it won't cycle !
if it wasn't for stupid people there would be no need for gun smiths
Some people have no business with a gun :roll:

I had a fellow bring in a Colt SA .22 and said the the cylinder would not rotate. Guess what the fool had dry fired the thing till he groke the firing pin off causing it to fall into the empty chambers, thus locking it UP! DUH! :shock:
 
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