As has previously been stated, Jim Martin is a fantastic smith. He has done 3 of my SAA's, including 1st gens, and his work is amazing. He is also as honest as they come. You will not be dissapointed and you could learn alot from him in the process. A pleasure to talk to.
First thanks to everyone for your kind assistance.
Not being familiar with Colt's revolvers I seem to have under estimated the seriousness of the problem... being only familiar with S&W revolvers and Colt's semi auto pistols I seem to have assumed a lot...
The movement is left/right in either direction, not forward and back.
This revolver appears to have been shot little if any since it left the factory.
If it makes any difference (I'm not sure when gen 2 ends and 3 starts) and I expect it does make a difference the revolver was made in 1958...
Last edited by cxm357; 02-21-2020 at 04:50 AM.
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1958 is a second generation.
Lever action Bill is a great choice!
Maybe you need to replace the bolt sear spring with that right and left movement(weak spring). It's an easy replacement and should be able to find a new spring, midwayusa.com, brownells.com If that's not the problem then Jim Martin or leveraction bill.
It's interesting to note that the hammer cam/bolt leg relationship has not changed since 1873, yet the third gen bolts have a shorter, rounded leg. For years I tried to find all the long leg bolts I could, even going as far as to remove a leg from a damaged bolt, mill off part of the bolt and silver solder the salvaged leg to it, which in fact worked. Then one day I decided to just try the third gen, short bolt. It worked, and it works on all generations if you know how to fit it. The Smith bolts replicate first gens but the fitting requires excessive time and work. The thirds were designed to work with a minimum of additional fitting, and I feel they work as good if not better. They still are expensive but Colt parts are Colt parts and worth the money.