Loose barrel on cowboy 357.

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Loose barrel on cowboy 357.

Postby black 1970 » 24 Jan 2019 16

Put a stainless follower in my Rossi 92 with 24 inch octagon barrel just now and noticed that the barrel is a tad loose. I can wiggle it just a small amount clockwise and counter clockwise. How do I tighten it up? Rifle is stainless 357. Thanks.
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Re: Loose barrel on cowboy 357.

Postby mr surveyor » 24 Jan 2019 17

To me (obviously not a gunsmith .... definitely untrained), it looks like a job for a competent gunsmith. First I can imagine a problem with sight indexing, although the most minor issue. Mainly I can see an issue with headspace that can cause some major problems. Then, there is the problem of clocking the barrel and causing the extractor groove to be an issue .... and an issue with the forward mag tube retainer screw indent in the barrel.

Just my untrained guess, but I'd imagine the least costly fix (given the clocking of the barrel is aligned) would be an extremely thin washer/shim installed between the barrel and receiver - just enough to eliminate any play, but still allow proper clocking.

I'm probably just babbling ....


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Re: Loose barrel on cowboy 357.

Postby black 1970 » 24 Jan 2019 19

Thanks for the reply. I might try your suggestion.
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Re: Loose barrel on cowboy 357.

Postby Ranch Dog » 26 Jan 2019 05

Sorry to hear but I'm will surveyor.
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Re: Loose barrel on cowboy 357.

Postby black 1970 » 27 Jan 2019 14

After making a spacer I perceived the barrel was set out too far for the firing pin to obtain reliable ignition. So I did what I have done a number of times with JB Quick. Cleaned the barrel and receiver threads of all solvent and oil and applied JB Quick to the last half of the threads and installed the barrel. I will report on my success or failure in the near future. If that does not work I will just have to fall back on my Puma 92 case colored with 24 inch octagon barrel in 44-40 with a marbles tang sight.
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Re: Loose barrel on cowboy 357.

Postby Missionary » 31 Jan 2019 16

I used Lock Tight on a loose Roller Barrel and it is still very firmly attached… 25 years at least. 45-70.
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Re: Loose barrel on cowboy 357.

Postby Iplayfarmer » 04 Mar 2019 14

black 1970 wrote:... I will report on my success or failure in the near future...


Please do.

I have almost the identical issue with my rifle. I haven't done anything with it yet as it shoots great for me, but there's that little nagging voice in my head saying I should really fix it.
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