44mag Cattleman cleaning
I was asked to clean a buddy's 44 mag cattleman and for the life of me I cannot figure out how to get the cylinder out of the frame. This is a older model so I really want to do my homework before I do anything. Can somebody either lead me to a PDF version of an owner's manual or let me know what I need to do.
Take the hammer to half cock. (The second of the 4 clicks- the cylinder will spin left to right.)
Open the loading gate.
Push in and hold in the base pin latch (It goes through the front strap of the frame, just below the ejector rod- looks like a weird screw)
With the base pin latch held in, pull the base pin out far enough to clear the cylinder. (The knob looking thing on the FRONT of the frame about in the middle, below the barrel, pull it toward the muzzle. You can either take it completely out or pull it out until the end is just inside the front strap of the frame- your choice. If it is a 4 3/4" or shorter barrel, you MAY need to move the ejector rod slightly to clear it.)
The cylinder can now be rolled out of the frame.
If the gun doesn't have a base pin latch, it will have a screw in the front strap that holds the base pin in place. (That is the original design, the base pin latch didn't come into manufacture until around the turn of the century). Follow the other directions (half cock, open the loading gate, ...) but instead of messing with the base pin latch, take the screw in the front strap that is immediately below the base pin out.
Last edited by jtg452; 05-14-2012 at 09:42 PM.