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Making a gun screw

Sometimes getting a part for an older gun can be like finding teeth in a chicken’s beak — they can be scarce. Occasionally it’s just quicker to make them yourself. Such was the case for a Remington Rolling Block # 4 recently.

The owner had removed the screw that acts as a pivot pin for the hammer, and lost it while cleaning the gun.

Lucky for me, I had an original one that goes in the block so I made a copy.


Here are the two screws together. The top one I made, the bottom one is the original front (block)  screw.


I heat treated the screw to harden it. If the steel is left soft, then it’ll wear prematurely.

Can you tell which screw I made ? Hint, it’s the one on the right…. the hammer pivot screw.

{ 4 comments… add one }

  • David Cavender June 19, 2012, 8:38 PM

    Great job Jim! Always good to hear from you. Let’s a guy know what they can really do with a little thought! Love your stuff!. Keep it up! Dave Cavender (dvdcavender@gmail.com)

  • tony edwards June 20, 2012, 1:10 AM

    nice to have a patten . do you harden in oil or cyanide, as you said it wears if not

    hardened. cyanide is not allowed in aussie. only for spl. circumstances.

    also can you supply a bbl. liner to resleeve a 73;win short rifle now .44cal it was just a poor wall hanger i have refinished it was very sad. if so price & delivery cost please
    i once had a great collection of winchester rifles & A FIRST MOD CANNON CIRCUMSTANCES MADE IT NECESSARY TO SELL BEFORE REG. CAME INTO EFFECT IN THIS COUNTRY THANK YOU FOR TAKEING ME INTO YOUR IMFO. FOLDER I ENJOYED IT VERY MUCH TONY 87 YRS .

    • Jim Green, Gunsmith June 20, 2012, 8:00 AM

      Definitely oil harden only ! I won’t mess with cyanide…. too dangerous. As for resleeving your barrel… I’m not sure. The laws in your country are so strict as to firearms…. I don’t know if I’m allowed to do any work for an overseas customer.

  • Herman Goudriaan July 3, 2012, 2:21 PM

    I really respect the quality of your work. Great job!

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