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1873 out of battery discharge

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I had an out of battery discharge with my 1873 rifle following a squib round similar to the one Smokestack had a while back. It resulted in my lever being bent.  I bent it back to about what looked right. The rifle is functioning but about every 10th round the lever won't open. If I push the carrier all the way down it will function. I am assuming this is happening because the lever isn't quite right. My consternation is have I bent it too much or not enough. Ideas?

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It may have bent the carrier lifter arm or the toggle links.

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Lay your lever on top of another pard's un-bent lever.   Make yours, match his.

 

Next, you will probably need to check the timing and headspace.   If you don't know how, find a pard or gunsmith who does.

 

Good luck, GJ

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GJ has the right idea.....just look at the lifter arm too. They can bend as well so I'd check them both. I have only seen one set of links break with an OOB and it was a wild bunch 45 rifle if I remember correctly.....they will be the last to go. 

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Junky, remember our calibrated filed adjustment?

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Pete,

 

After you check the above then:

Double check you links.

 

OOB's tend not to be specific about what they bend, divot, crack or smash.

 

Ol'  #4

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Maybe just buy a new lever?

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more important questions, what caused the out of battery discharge?

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Outlaw there seems to be a number of incidents of it happening following a squib round that prevented  the next round from fully entering the chamber. The theory, as I understand it, is the inertia causes the firing pin to move forward and strike the primer of the round not fully into battery.

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On ‎11‎/‎9‎/‎2018 at 1:56 PM, Marauder SASS #13056 said:

Junky, remember our calibrated filed adjustment?

Yep, if you are in a stairwell at a state match using a boot heal & the stairs to bend a lifter arm you might be in trouble...…….lol. I was never so happy to get my hands on a stubby little hammer in my life...…..it got me back in the game but was never really right until I put the new arm in and retimed it. 

 

If you put in a C&I lever you get to take bending that out of the equation. 

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Been thinking again (dangerous)   Surprised one of our talented members has not designed a lever alignment gage.  Maybe as simple as a piece of barstock with 2 pins in the proper places.  Even better if it could be used to help bend the offending lever back to spec.   GW

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