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    Why PermaGasket in the Action?

    Sorry. Couldn’t think of a better title.

    Its always cool to see an old SAA come across my bench. I do my best to rustle in every one I can to make notes and take photos. This one is from 1884.

    The action felt fine. I always stop if there’s any resistance to avoid causing damage. This one had 4 very soft clicks and felt spongy.

    After opening it up I found out why!!
    The best I can describe is Form-A-Gasket filled the interior of the frame, all the way up ahd into the hand slot. It was cured and still pliable.

    Action is fine other than sloppiness from over-finishing and re-nickeling through the years.

    What could be the reason behind this?
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    Probably a mix of old grease and dirt/dust. That stuff will wreck almost everything as it works as a coarse lapping compound. As to why? Possibly corrosion protection.
    I know one guy that 'tunes' C&B revolvers and he also pumps the action full of Mobil 1 grease, calling it a 'sealed action'. Keeps the blackpowder fouling out of the action. Can't say I'd try it on my own revolvers.
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    I read a post on another forum where a guy made a statement about "packing the action" on cap guns. I asked him to explain. He said filling the action with grease prevented dust and water (from cleaning after shooting black powder) from getting into the action.

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    I'm guessing just old grease. It will get that consistency over time.
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    Show us the whole revolver if you get a chance. You know we like old Colt's. Oh and the after photo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prowbar View Post
    Probably a mix of old grease and dirt/dust. That stuff will wreck almost everything as it works as a coarse lapping compound. As to why? Possibly corrosion protection.
    I know one guy that 'tunes' C&B revolvers and he also pumps the action full of Mobil 1 grease, calling it a 'sealed action'. Keeps the blackpowder fouling out of the action. Can't say I'd try it on my own revolvers.
    Oops! 1:30am and I didn't absorb your post too well. Your guy is likely my guy.

    Any historical evidence that filling the action with grease was practiced in the black powder revolver era? May have been some benefits when wearing a gun when the gun in the outdoors for extended time.

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    No.

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    Maybe it was an attempt to keep the screws from backing out while being shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogface6 View Post
    No.
    Well, I guess Leveracrionbill has one example. A very early gun that's had "something" deliberately packed in it long ago.


 
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