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Old June 10th, 2015, 11:04 AM   #1
 
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Old army timing / alignment

Hi all, I have bought an Old Army some time ago and finally had a chance to take it home some time ago. It's a nice stainless 200th year version and I have taken it completely apart cleaned it thoroughly and reassembled it.
After realizing that the nipples were completely unsuitable for any make of caps (I can't figure what the previous owner did with it really), I got some track of the wolf nipples and I was finally able to fire it last week.
That put a smile on my face (I'm in the UK so handguns, even BP ones, are quite a treat).

Now to the "issue". When fully cocked, the chambers are not exactly aligned with the barrel. They are all off by the same amount and when you look down the barrel with a light, you can see a slim crescent of light going from 01:00 to 05:00.

I'm not too worried about firing balls, but I have had a custom mold made for wadcutters (accurate molds) and I'm a bit more concerned with them. I suppose this is quite bad for accuracy as well.

I can't figure out how to address this (I don't want to hammer the latch!!!) so any ideas would be welcome.

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Old June 15th, 2015, 11:41 PM   #2
 
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What you should do next, is to get a gunsmith with a proper range rod to check the cylinder/barrel bore alignment.
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Old August 16th, 2015, 05:51 PM   #3
 
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It is the latch or the whole cylinder.
Sounds like a factory defect.
Call Ruger
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well due to your location sending it to ruger will be a pain so id say to talk to friends at your local club an see if u can locate a competent smith to check cylinder timing and fix it if necessary
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Did you fix it?
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