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Cleaning the Remington with complete disassembly

The complete method

  1. Check if the gun is unloaded.
  2. Put the hammer in half cock, release the loading lever and pull the axis forward to remove the cylinder from the frame.
  3. Unscrew all the nipples.
  4. Remove the grip panels by removing their screw.
  5. Loosen the main spring screw located at the front side of the grip frame.
  6. Use a brass rod and hammer to push out the strong end of the main spring from it recess.
  7. Unscrew the screw of the trigger guard and remove the trigger guard.
  8. Unscrew the screw of the trigger spring and remove the spring.
  9. Unscrew the screw of the cylinder stop and trigger and remove the parts.
  10. Unscrew the screw of the hammer and push the hammer downward.
  11. Unscrew the screw of the hand and remove the hand, now you can remove the hammer by moving it upwards.
  12. Unscrew the screw of the loading lever and remove the part. Now you can remove the cylinder axis.
  13. Put all the metal parts in hot soapy water for at least a minute.
  14. Use an old tooth brush to clean powder residue from the surfaces.
  15. Use a bristle brush to clean the barrel and the cylinder chambers.
  16. Dry the metal parts. The hotter the water was the easier this job will be. You can use a hairdryer for this purpose. Use dry patches to wipe any remaining water from the barrel and chambers.
  17. Apply oil on all external and internal surfaces, but do not overdo it in the bore and in the chambers.
  18. Use PTFE tape to cover the threads of the nipple and replace them into the cylinder.
  19. Apply a light coat of heat resistant grease to the axis of the cylinder and remount it.
  20. Assemble the revolver following the reverse of the sequence above. Hint No. 1: Always check if the cylinder stop is withdrawn when you replace the cylinder so you can avoid scratching the surface. When remounting the cylinder do it from the right side of the frame, and try to rotate it a bit, so the ratchet on the back will push the hand in. Hint No. 2: When replacing the main spring be careful: put a pencil between the front part of the frame and the spring. Now with a little tension push one corner into its recess. Use a wooden hammer to push it into its place completely.

The fast method

It is not necessary to completely disassemble the revolver after each shooting sessions. It is enough to clean the cylinder, barrel only, wipe off the residue from the outer surfaces, and apply some oil to the trigger mechanism ans surfaces. The cylinder and bore needs complete cleaning. The best way is to remove the cylinder and the loading rod, and submerge the barrel into hot soapy water with the muzzle pointing down, so only the bore will be under water. Leave it like this for a minute and use a bristle brush to clean the bore and chambers. The rest of the process is the same as described before.

17 simple rules of percussion revolver accuracy


  1. Always do everything the same way.

  2. While developing your load change only one element one time.

  3. Limit your load to the lightest possible still giving a tight group.

  4. Use corn meal filler to lift the ball to the level of the mouth of the chamber.

  5. Use the same volume of corn meal in all the chambers.

  6. Slug your bore and use a ball matching the groove to groove diameter of your bore.

  7. Slug your chambers: it should size the ball close to your groove to groove diameter.

  8. Slug all your chambers: all chambers must have the same diameter.

  9. Check the gap between the barrel breach and cylinder at all the six positions. The size of the gap is secondary. Primary it must be the same at every chamber.

  10. Check the size of the vent holes in the nipples frequently. Change the nipples when the hole is enlarged by 0.1 mm.

  11. Always apply the same force when ramming the ball in place.

  12. Check if your bore is perfectly in line with your chambers.

  13. Use good quality soft lubrication on the balls.

  14. Apply always the same amount of grease.

  15. Use only clean burning good quality black powder.

  16. Weight your bullets and powder charges as well with 0.1 grain accuracy.

  17. If you shoot an open top revolver check if the cylinder axis is not loose, it fits perfectly in the hole on the barrel assembly. Check the wedge after each shot, to have the same gap between the cylinder and barrel breach each time.