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Hi, all...

I have a beautiful pair of Virginian Dragoons in stainless (.44 mag and .45 LC). I recently chanced upon a rarer blued .357 on Gunbroker, and it's home with me now. I know there's a lot of scammers there, but I thought I did alright until the FFL called me and said "I got your gun in, but I wouldn't shoot it." The cylinder moved all around, stopping occasionally, but when I'd **** it would lock up tight. Pull the trigger, and the cylinder rotates maybe a quarter turn counterclockwise before the hammer is all the way down. Timing is all screwed up.

The first problem was a broken bolt/hammer spring. Replaced that. A bit tighter but still misbehaving with that cylinder rotation. I replaced the bolt (cylinder stop next). A bit better but still scary. I don't even think half **** exists any more. I don't know what could cause the cylinder to "relax" back when I pull the trigger.

I'm open to any of you folks with greater experience than I making suggestions. New hammer, hand, or trigger?

I am grateful for your time.

Thanks and best regards...

...Jamesy
 

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Well, they pivot on the hammer and it protrudes through the frame slightly. Not sure what else to look for unless the "fingers" on the hand are worn down. These guns are hard to find parts for and they ain't cheap when I do. I'd love to find a disassembly manual, but I'm treating it pretty much like a Colt SAA except it has a coil hammer spring.
 

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Some, but it's gritty and inconsistent. Guess that's my next step. I've thoroughly cleaned all the parts so I'll keep you posted when I get under the hood again.

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...Jamesy
 

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I have a Dragoon also. I have fired somewhere between 6 and 7000 rounds through it. .44 mag with 12" barrel. I had the same problems as you and mostly from broken trigger/bolt spring. The spring mostly broke when dry firing it. The springs in the gun are flat springs like in Colt's SAAs so make sure you got the right spring. Another thing you could try is to carefully bend the part of the spring that engages the bolt upwards and see if that helps any. If it does you're on the right track.
 
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