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    1860 Army parts question

    I have most of an 1860 shipped to the Gov't in 1863. I need a loading lever assembley. I went through 20 pages of search of 1860 topics but nothing about whether any repro levers ratchet studs line up correctley with the holes in an original barrel. Thanks in advance, Mark

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    Contact Dixie Gun Works - sometimes, they have original parts, but never in quantity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MKII View Post
    I have most of an 1860 shipped to the Gov't in 1863. I need a loading lever assembley. I went through 20 pages of search of 1860 topics but nothing about whether any repro levers ratchet studs line up correctley with the holes in an original barrel. Thanks in advance, Mark
    Mark,

    About 1 year ago I bought a repro 1860 rammer assembly from s.e.l.l.antiques on eBay (item No. 302625783006). They advertised it as a reproduction, but I never found out if it was one of the Italian makers, or perhaps a Colt 2nd Gen. You should contact them and ask. I can say that it was easily made to fit. I trimmed about 0.020" off of the front end so that it would latch into the barrel catch. Something else that I did (and maybe my gun just had some burrs in the plunger tunnel) is that I made up a slurry of valve grinding compound in oil. Just use common 3 in 1 oil. This compound was applied to the installed rammer plunger with a Q-Tip, and then I worked the plunger in and out. After removal of that grinding compound, and oiling, the entire rammer assembly worked great!

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    Thanks guys!

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    Colt Loading Lever (Reproduction for Original)

    The plunger, catch etc. are also for sale on the same website. I think this is your best bet, as these are NOS parts for original revolvers.

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    Yes, this link in the previous post was made back in the 1960s before there were Italian reproduction Colts copies, and the one I bought from this same company 'way back long ago was a drop in fit for an original!!
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    I take it that you are not in the UK. If you are, I have an unused original that I don't need. Just the leaver, no latch.


 

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