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    How to fix cylinder play

    1.What parts does one need to replace or adjust to reduce front/back cylinder play in Colt SAA?
    2. What parts does one need to replace or adjust to reduce lateral cylinder play? THANKS

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    1. A new cylinder bushing that is fitted will fix the end play. The barrel might need to be set back too. 2. An over sized cylinder pin usually helps the side play. The pin likes to wear the frame hole by the hammer.
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    Brownell's also sell shims to adjust forward play. Lateral play can be the result of a worn pin. You might try replacing both the bushing and the standard pin. If you have to use an oversize pin, you'll have to ream both front and back holes, along with the inside of the bushing. This usually requires a lathe and you usually have to remove the barrel to do it. I'd send it to a Colt specialist myself before I'd attempt it.
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    I may be confused about the previous postings but the bolt is what stops the side play in the cyl.-the rest of the postings are correct.
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    The bolt would stop the rotational play in the cylinder; side-to-side or lateral play would be from slop in the cylinder bushing or cylinder pin being worn beyond spec.

    Best regards,

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    What's a fair price for a bushing? Where do the Brownell shims go- how do you put them in? THANKS

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    I mean a new original unused Colt bushing- value?

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    BTW, what generation SAA do you have? Replacing the cylinder bushing on a 3rd gen with the pressed in bushing is not an easy home repair.

    Best regards,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monsai52 View Post
    BTW, what generation SAA do you have? Replacing the cylinder bushing on a 3rd gen with the pressed in bushing is not an easy home repair.

    Best regards,
    3rd gens starting in 1999 have a separate cyl bushing like 1st and 2nd gens. Brownells sells a tool to pull the pressed-in bushing on pre 1999 3rd gens to take up fore and aft play. Very easy to use and it works.


 

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