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Old 04-30-2010, 08:06 AM
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Uberti/Winchester 1873 .357 Jam Problem

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Hi guys, first post!

I've recently acquired a second hand .357 Uberti 1873 24" Sporting Rifle which I am really happy with.

The rifle has seen a fair bit of use but prior to using it for the first time, I completely stripped the rifle, cleaned and oiled all components.

Everything is working fine until I pull the trigger, the recoil is causing the riser block to "jump" up. Which wouldn't be a problem but it is not returning to its normal position and is sticking on something halfway up. This means that I cannot eject the spent casing and cycle action (the position of the block prevents the lever from moving) until I physically push the block back down.

I thought it was catching the next round in the mag or the mag follower when the last round but doesn't seem to be.

Has anyone had any experience of this, or have any ideas on how to fix it?

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Old 05-05-2010, 02:19 PM
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If you don't get any helpful replies, try getting in touch with the gunsmith here. www.taylorsfirearms.com
Don't remember his name, but he seemed very eager to answer any questions.
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Old 05-05-2010, 04:55 PM
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Welome to the forum. It sounds like the carrier lifter is not holding the carrier down completely when the action is closed. Take a look at the fit to the lever. Perhaps the contact area between the two needs to be built up. That, or it could be the carrier lever spring.

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Old 05-16-2010, 10:22 PM
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Did this happen before or after you disassembled it for cleaning? Do you know if it functioned correctly before you disassembled it. I've never been able to figure out why a person buys a gun and the first thing they do is take it apart to clean it. If you clean the barrel, you shouldn't have to clean anthing else until after you use it for awhile. I have both a 73 and a 66 and have noticed the length of the cartridge ( and the bullet length) makes a difference. There shouldn't be alot of play between the carrier block and the lifter. The lifter on my rifle has an adjustment screw, but most of them don't have that. Is the carrier block jumping up when you pull the trigger and the rifle fires, or does it do that when you pull the trigger when a catridge is not in the chamber? I've replaced the bolt in my rifle, and I installed a short stroke kit, but it hard to tell exactly what the problem is with out having in your hands and examining it closely. I would take it to a gunsmith.
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