I’m going bananas trying to figure out what’s wrong with my bolt/cylinder release. My google-fu is failing as:
1.) Apparently there’s a “bolt action revolver” in a popular video game and that’s mucking up results and
2.) All of the relevant results point to the extractor rod as the cause. This is the case for me.
I have a 66-8 which has a yoke mounted lock up and no extractor rod to unscrew it self.
Here’s the problem and my work so far:
-The cylinder release is very difficult to press but do-able. Once depressed the cylinder is easily released from the frame. However, the cylinder release has to be pulled back to get it to return to its “home”.
-Deep cleaned and relubed. No noticeable change.
-I exchanged my bolt, bolt plunger, and plunger spring from my 66-2 and put it in the 66-8. Worked well (open and closed 100 times with no hang ups) but after firing 6 rounds it started (again) sticking both directions.
-Opened up the side plate and noticed the spring from the internal lock had “bowed out” hitting the bolt as it moved. Removed lock and it became much more tolerable but still sticky.
-Did another deep clean and light polish on the channel bolt sits in and the 66-8 bolt. Cleaned after polishing. Put 66-8 bolt back in (keeping 66-2 plunger and spring).
-Cylinder release near seized hard to press and requires a pull to return to home position.
-Gun has 8,000-10,000 rounds through it.
-Apex hammer installed
-Bolt/cylinder release seems easier to move before sideplate is reinstalled.
-Was acting perfectly fine and started all of a sudden.
Any expertise or suggestions are welcome. Thanks!