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Ejector rod troubles

I took my 1931 .22 outdoorsman apart for a cleaning (https://www.smithandwessonforums.com/forum/s-w-revolvers-1857-1945/200597-1931-22-outdoorsman.html). The first sign of trouble came when trying to unscrew the ejector rod. It was waaaaay too difficult to unscrew. I had to give it everything I had to get it to come off. Now when I put it back together I can finger tighten it to snug but anything past that, still just using my fingers, I can get it to break loose and become free spinning again. To put it another way, while using my fingers it goes tighten...tighten...tighten...loose. Obviously this causes problems when assembling and operating the gun. When finger tight and installed it wont press back on the bolt enough to allow the hammer to clear it.

1)The first few threads on the rod look a bit screwed up.

2)The spring doesn't sit nicely on the center pin. One coil always finds it's way up onto the rod.

3)It is very difficult for me to press on the center pin and get it to move. I usually have to press it against a piece of wood or something.


I would like to try to remove the center pin from the ejector rod and give it a clean to see why it is so difficult to move but I don't know how to take it apart. I've never taken a double action apart before so this is a good learning experience for me. Everything else seems to be in good shape.

Any help would be appreciated. If you need more info or a better explanation please let me know.


 

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In which direction did you unscrew it??

On the early ones, it was a right handed thread, and then S&W changed it to left hand threads around 1959.

Finding replacement parts is going to be a tall order.
 

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Threads are stripped out. Unless you know someone good @ spray welding & re0cutting threads finding replacement parts is needed. For the future: Instead of dismantling a gun removing the grips & soaking it in good penetrating oil for a few days usually works (not WD-40).
 

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Problem Fixed! The center pin was hard stuck into the ejector rod and couldn't move freely. I had to pound it out and file down the inside of the ejector rod where it was binding. Now it moves freely and I can tighten the extractor rod properly. Everything is back together and much smoother than it was before. No buggered screws, no broken parts, and I learned a lot about my gun. It took forever but this was a good experience.

Thanks everyone.
 

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The extractor rod was tight right under those bright threads. It was tight enough that I had to pound on the center pin for the entire length of the extractor rod to get it out. Even for that last 1/4 inch. I took a small round file to the inside of the extractor rod in just that area. A little lube and the center pin now moves freely. Nothing binds and everything is straight. I don't know if I caused this problem or if it was already there by the previous owner but everything is much smoother and easier to operate than it was before I took it apart and gave it a clean/lube.
 

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Good for you! You ducked a bullet, as finding one of the old "right hand thread" ejector rods would have been quite a feat.
 
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