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    SAA Loading Gate Issue

    My newly acquired 3rd Gen SAA has an issue with the loading gate.
    It seems the gate has considerable back-and-forth movement. The end result: it requires pushing the gate to the rear in order for the loaded cylinder to rotate. I've not yet shot the gun.
    Note the protrusion in the picture. Any advice appreciated.
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    Disassemble and check the set screw/spring/detent that captures the loading gate from the bottom of the frame.
    Last edited by ColtPlinkerton; 04-12-2019 at 10:45 AM.
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    To add to that....

    You'll have to remove the back strap and trigger guard to get to the screw assembly that retains the gate. This is on the bottom of the frame on the right side.

    Before doing that BUY THE RIGHT SCREWDRIVER BITS.
    As many unfortunate people have learned the hard way using a standard screwdriver not only damages the screw slots, it also gouges the tops of the deep holes the screws are in.

    Brownell's sell a special set made for the Colt Single Actions. These reach down into the deep screw holes without contacting the edges of the holes and the gunsmith type bits won't damage screw slots.

    https://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-t...prod25458.aspx

    I advise buying just the screwdriver bits and buy a "law enforcement" size handle. These shorter handles get you closer to the screw and give much better control then long handles.
    These are offered in magnetic or clip-tip retention. You'll often have need of both types.

    https://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-t....aspx?psize=96
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    After following dfariswheel's instructions, when you get to the screw under the trigger guard (it goes straight up to the gate), removing the will reveal a spring and a detent. After checking the parts, remove the gate by pulling it forward. Be sure the holes are clean and install. Put only one drop of gun oil in after the spring, any more and oil will leak out via the gate for a long time.Usually tightening the screw to just below the frame surface is enough. The trigger guard keeps it from backing out.
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    How does the gate feel when you open it? Does it snap open and closed? Feel loose? Hard to move? If I were you, I’d go ahead and order the spring and pin for the gate . I’ll bet the spring is broke.




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    Thanks to all! Your advice is well taken.
    Tools and spring ordered.
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    I have acquired a few old SAA's over the years which had the plunger missing. That is what other responder referred to as a detent. Without that plunger, the gate is held in place by the
    spring and set screw, but the gate does not 'snap shut' like it should. Such plungers are often missing on many guns. I have three Browning 22 take-down semi-auto rifles that have plungers missing that are part of the mechanism that locks the barrel in place in the receiver.
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    Update on the loading gate issue. I got the SAA screwdriver bits from Brownell's the other day and removed the plunger and spring. Parts appear fine (to someone that has never seen these before). Cleaned the area and lubed and reinstalled the parts. Adjusted the set screw. A little too tight at first, back it off a bit to where the gate worked freely. The set screw is a couple turns below flush, maybe a turn and a half. Loctited the set screw.
    Shot 12 rounds this morning. The gate has moved out again. Ever so slightly but enough to occasionally hit a chambered shell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerz View Post
    Update on the loading gate issue. I got the SAA screwdriver bits from Brownell's the other day and removed the plunger and spring. Parts appear fine (to someone that has never seen these before). Cleaned the area and lubed and reinstalled the parts. Adjusted the set screw. A little too tight at first, back it off a bit to where the gate worked freely. The set screw is a couple turns below flush, maybe a turn and a half. Loctited the set screw.
    Shot 12 rounds this morning. The gate has moved out again. Ever so slightly but enough to occasionally hit a chambered shell.
    Thx
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    I did: "...
    set screw is a couple turns below flush, maybe a turn and a half. Loctited the set screw."

    Thx
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