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Old March 23rd, 2010, 08:09 PM   #1
 
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Vaquero Cylinder jam

I had the Cylinder jam on my SS Vaquero 45 Colt. When I opened the loading gate and loaded the Vaquero than closed the gate the Vaquero cylinder jammed and would not rotate. It was a little hairy trying to rotate the cylinder to unload the gun. All of a sudden it started to rotate again. This was a few months ago. On Sunday 3-22-10 checking the function on the Vaquero again and the same thing happened. (unloaded this time) Tried to take the gun apart what a chore with these new lock works. (Give me a old fashion SSA any day, I may sell my 2 Vaquero) any way the Vaquero would operate with the Hammer but not when you opened the loading gate.

I took the Vaquero to a local gun store to see if the could figure it out. One of the guys that worked there noticed the Gate Detent Spring (38) that controls the Cylinder Latch (40). And managed to get it back under the loading gate. Now its working again. If your Vaquero jams up check this spring.



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Old March 24th, 2010, 11:39 AM   #2
 
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That is some good info . Thanks for sharing it . Man back in the day I partied harty in Twin Falls.
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i had the same thing happen at a local sass orientation shoot the problem seemed to be it was too dry . mine are stainless and was told by the ro that the blue ones arent as picky about lube
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A couple of times when shooting light 44 spec loads in my 44 mag Vaquero the fired cases slipped back when the barrel was elevated and prevented the cylinder from moving.

Easy cure: just point the barrel down and let the empty case(s) slip forward.
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Cylinder latch drag

Nam62: "Gate Detent Spring (38)" . did you mean 39 ?
I have the same problem. thought of sending it to Ruger for Service but the legal shipping is almost $90 !!! one way.

A friend of mine thinks my SS .357 Vaquero needs a gate detent Spring, but after reading another post regarding this issue, it mentioned to file down the gate detent spring.

We tried to order a new spring (at a reasonable price) and it seems they are back ordered.

(This gun had never been taken apart before and upon disassembly, we found the pawl # 23 and spring #24 in backwards.we reassembled it correctly and the cyl. latch still drags)

any ideas?
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Nam62: "Gate Detent Spring (38)" . did you mean 39 ?
I have the same problem. thought of sending it to Ruger for Service but the legal shipping is almost $90 !!! one way.

A friend of mine thinks my SS .357 Vaquero needs a gate detent Spring, but after reading another post regarding this issue, it mentioned to file down the gate detent spring.

We tried to order a new spring (at a reasonable price) and it seems they are back ordered.

(This gun had never been taken apart before and upon disassembly, we found the pawl # 23 and spring #24 in backwards.we reassembled it correctly and the cyl. latch still drags)

any ideas?
That is part of Rugers design, hense the drag line on the cylinder. NM Ruger single action timing allows the cyl latch to engage before the notch alings with it! This insures "lock up" everytime. A pretty easy fix is to make a slightly longer latch which will delay That part of the timing a trial and error process some use a drill bit as a blank to make these. BM
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That is part of Rugers design, hense the drag line on the cylinder. NM Ruger single action timing allows the cyl latch to engage before the notch alings with it! This insures "lock up" everytime. A pretty easy fix is to make a slightly longer latch which will delay That part of the timing a trial and error process some use a drill bit as a blank to make these. BM
Yes, I realize the design, but on one of mine is is actually 'digging' a wide grove in the cylinder where my other two vaqueros has a thin line. It has also led to a locking up of the cylinder rotation a few times; then it unlocks...

always during a match.
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Yes, I realize the design, but on one of mine is is actually 'digging' a wide grove in the cylinder where my other two vaqueros has a thin line. It has also led to a locking up of the cylinder rotation a few times; then it unlocks...

always during a match.
Sounds like the shape of the latch may come to a point! or close to it. Without actually seeing it is hard to say. Maybe you may want to take a file and round the top of it off a bit. Do Not take anything off of the thickness. BM
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I had something similair happen, It was due to some bad winchester ammunition. Scared me.
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If you are using reloaded ammo and this happens, check to see if any of the rounds have "high primers" [primers which are not fully seated and protrude above the base of the cartridge]. High primers can really lock you up.
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