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Old 10-29-2018, 05:55 PM   #1
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In disassembling my latest and first hammer gun, while it is in great shape, after removing sidelocks and thoroughly cleaning the 130 years of sludge out of the lock, attempted to remove the hammer. While the screw came out relatively easily, the hammer won't budge. I have soaked with Kroil overnight, tried both heat and cold, with hardwood wedges (so we don't mare the lock plate) tapped under the hammer to lift it to no avail. Any secret here for this.

Would appreciate any advice. While not critical to remove unless I would desire to refinish, would like a solution.
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Old 10-29-2018, 07:08 PM   #2
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I wish somebody made a miniature version of a harmonic balancer puller.

I use two screwdrivers under opposite sides of the hammer, with the square axle in between them. The axle is tapered and the square hole in the hammers is tapered so once it is broken the least bit free it should come off with relative ease.






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I bought a Remington hammer gun that had pretty rusted on hammers. I somehow - can't remember how though - figured out a way to support the hammer and tap the shaft out using a leather hammer and a hardwood dowel so as not to mar anything. I should have left one of them alone as it's been loose ever since and the screw backs out as you shoot clays with it and I've not come up with a way to remedy this issue.
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after a soak- i set the stripped lock face up on a vice with the jaws set just far enough apart for the tumbler to fit between them- make sure the jaws are close so you don't warp the lock

and put a rag in the vice under the tumbler to catch it

with a punch big to not fit into the threads so they don't get damaged and give it a few taps
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I think that's what I did also Rick. I knew it was something like that; just couldn't remember what. I know it worked v slick and didn't damage anything.
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Ok, we will try Dean's first, then the other. Thanks for the input!
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Yeah, a stuck hammer requires full disassembly of the lock so that the tumbler can be driven out of the hammer. Resist the urge to pry on it.
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It hasn’t been my experience that the lock needs to be completely disassembled. That may be inviting disaster in that springs can be easily broken if compressed improperly.
I’ve been successful in removing some pretty stuck hammers with my method.





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[quote=Dean Romig;257143]It hasnít been my experience that the lock needs to be completely disassembled. That may be inviting disaster in that springs can be easily broken if compressed improperly.
Iíve been successful in removing some pretty stuck hammers with my method.


I was thinking of making a set of brass wedges to use on this. Just need the brass square stock for it. Having experienced a perfectly fine spring breaking upon complete release, not interested in that again.

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i have spring vises from my flintlock days, they are designed to compress and hold V springs

Davis makes a good one

http://www.redaviscompany.com/0320.html

see how to use one here at just before the 5 minute mark

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di4VhHeUxgo
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