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Replacing an extractor on 1876 rifle
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September 26, 2022 - 3:22 pm
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I need to replace an extractor on an 1876 rifle.  I know the steps to get the breechbolt removed.  The tricky part may be removing (knocking out) the extractor retaining pin.  I assume it must be peened over on the ends to keep it from sliding out.  If possible I would like to re-use the pin.  Any recommendations?

I believe the process would be the same for 1866, 1873 or 1876 rifles.  Not sure about the later ones.

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September 26, 2022 - 4:37 pm
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Bill my guess is that the pin just needs to be knocked out then knocked back in.  The bolt is captured in the receiver so the pin can’t move out.  Use the proper size roll pin punch.  My guess is 1/16″.

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September 26, 2022 - 11:52 pm
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Bill,

Chuck is correct.  I’ve changed dozens of extractors in 66’s, 73’s and 76’s and have yet to find one that is tapered.  Most have nice round ends so a pin punch will fit, if it is the right diameter.  No need to peen it on either side.  IF and I mean IF, the pin is loose after you install the new extractor, all you need to do is put a VERY slight bend in the middle of the pin.  This will be enough to hold the extractor tight in the breach bolt.

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September 27, 2022 - 4:47 pm
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Thank you for the information guys.  I will work on it as soon as I get the replacement extractor.

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I received my replacement extractor this morning and replaced the broken one using your instructions.  Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy!

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