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1873 Firing Pin Safe???
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IMG_1609-1.JPGImage EnlargerIMG_1610-1.JPGImage EnlargerOpened up my new oldie and I noticed the firing pin has this nasty groove carved out of it on top. Also noticed the mortis is a bit filed up. Probably the reason why my dust cover only opens half way on the initial levering. But can someone please let me know if using a firing pin like this safe??? The action works great, but just not sure if pressures can cause damage. I don’t even know what could even cause this type of damage. Or is it just normal wear for these rifles? I have some reference photos below. 

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It looks like someone modified the firing pin. There is a milled slot on the top side of the firing pin that the extractor rides in to keep the pin from rotating along with the firing pin retractor. The firing pin has nothing to do with the dust cover. The firing pin does support the bolt from the back side. What does your extractor look like? I assume its been modified.

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1873man said
It looks like someone modified the firing pin. There is a milled slot on the top side of the firing pin that the extractor rides in to keep the pin from rotating along with the firing pin retractor. The firing pin has nothing to do with the dust cover. The firing pin does support the bolt from the back side. What does your extractor look like? I assume its been modified.

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My extractor  is missing the top hook. That explains it then. Not sure why they would modify it in the first place. Looks like I need a new extractor and firing pin. Homestead is out of stock. Any other good sources you recommend?

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1873man said
Here are some pins and extractors

Bob

 

Ebay firing Pin

Another Ebay firing pin

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Thank you Bob! I just ordered that NOS firing pin. I appreciate the help. 

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