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Tuning up your 15-2 -- The Average Joe method....
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April 21, 2012 - 1:25 am
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Thanks for the info. Think I'll buy a hand and hand spring and try to do it myself. Cheaper than trying another gunsmith here in Boise.

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Gentlemen,

Sorry for the temporary downtime to this thread–lost the server the pics were on.  Luckily I had them on an old laptop backup on a portable hard drive.  Will attempt to get them on the DWF server ASAP.

 

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THX for the info!

Yesterday i did nearly the same, but i will do it again and better with

your info big-grin

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I've been lurking for a few weeks.  I just bought my wifes first handgun and wanted to thank you guys for the help.  I figured I'd start her off with a revo, in .38/.357, I figured I'd get a 4in.  I checked my lgs and came across a 3in. DW Model 715, fb in stainless.  I always wanted a DW for myself, and I figured for the price of 350.00 otd, I couldn't get hurt too badly even if the Mrs. didn't care for it.   It also came with a crappy holster, 2 speed loaders, and a box of ammo!!!  Home run, IMHO.  

In addition, I wanted to especially thank SHOOTIST357 for posting this awesome thread.  After getting the revo home, I gave the internals the once over, cleaned, polished the contact points as explained above, installed a new Wolff spring pac, or whatever they call it, with 7.5 lb. mainspring.  I then sealed it all up, gave it a mild polishing with some Mothers Mag Wheel Polish, and tossed it in the safe.  I'll take it for a test run on Friday, and present it to her for her birthday in 2 weeks.  just a quick photo or two for your amusement, and again, thanks.

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cool-pics I'm pretty sure after some range time, you will be looking for another piece for the Mrs. big-grin

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if you find one...what's your plan?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This thread saves the day each time tear one aprt!  Found a flat trigger spring and a couple washers, removed / peplced spring (shouldnt have messed with trigger stop)  now have DA only 22.  will wait till need to do a deep cleaning and fix that!   Thanks Shoot!

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Thanks Shoot.. I may tackle this next.. BTW.. I just bought a bunch of side plates on line ( I needed 2 for myself),… have not gotten them yet.. but when I do, will make them available  to  the forum group first..

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landpanther1 said
Thanks Shoot.. I may tackle this next.. BTW.. I just bought a bunch of side plates on line ( I needed 2 for myself),… have not gotten them yet.. but when I do, will make them available  to  the forum group first..

Wayno

New Member Tacobobbo is looking for one of those:

https://www.danwessonforum.com/forum/wanted/sideplate-for-model-15-2/#p70487

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I’d like to add my sincere thanks to posting this topic!  I gave it a try today (and replaced the springs with ones from wolf and the ewk kit).  I think I may have a bit more polishing to do (maybe in the curved surface of the trigger /double action strut as per the excellent advice above) because it still feels a little rough/gratey in DA.  And I’m not sure I cut the EWK new hand spring short enough either- I’m having a hard time getting the hand to stay put long enough to close the side plate. Such a learning curve.

 

But the instructions were awesome!  I would never have even attempted anything like this without this info.  And amazingly enough it did go back together :)

Is there any particular lube that would make the trigger smoother?

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MINMICH… ever read this one.. in ref: too your lube question ?

Check it out..

 

http://www.grantcunningham.com/lubricants101.html

 

edit to make link hot-Steve

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Good stuff on lubes!  May I add if useing ATF use a brand name!  now off to the Gun Show to see what beaters might be there!  

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Thanks for the link!   At this point I’ve changed the hand spring (ewk) add exchanged to the Wolff reduced power trigger spring and 71/2 mainspring, and sanded (1000 grit) all the parts I could see where the bluing had come off including the sear/ hammer interface. Reblued everything, added light ATF band some heavier gun lube in the interface ( that the local gun store sold me when I asked for brownells but its a heavier oil rather than grease) and put it all back together.  The single action seem really smooth, but the double still feels like something is rubbing somehow a little.  It’s not close to the trigger on my .44. DW which just feels smooth.  I haven’t actually fired it yet (just dry testing). But I’m not sure what’s up.  Do the new springs have to break in?  Any suggestions would be certainly appreciated.  

btw – in case the answer is more polishing, should I be worried about the sintered parts ( it’s a monson gun in case that makes a difference). 

 

Again, thanks for this thread.  This stuff is awesome.  I love seeing how the magic box works.laugh

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A 15-2 should not have any sintered parts, part of the -2 evolution included bar stock parts.

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You say, “all the small parts got a blue job.” Does this mean I blue all these shiny surfaces I just honed? (Sorry I’ve never done this b4.)

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Well… sent my model 15  to a gunsmith for him to replace a simply part.. 10 months ago.. he got sick.. and now I have a box full of parts to assemble..this will come in VERY handy Shoot.. THANK YOU.. you da Man..  

Question.. how come your letting your part soak in lube.. ( I use ATF as well).. but how come the soak.. is that better somehow than just a lube job.. what am I missing..?

Question.. ever use very fine jewelers polish and a real small felt wheel on a dremel on the  polish job..?

Wayne

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Biggest reason is because I blue all my parts again after I polish them to help with keeping oxidation/rust down.  Plus the lube helps to “set” bluing.  I just give them all a good wipedown after I pull them out and install in gun.

very rare you ever see me use a dremel to polish on a gun internal–most internal parts need truly square surfaces, and you just can’t keep that with a dremel.  nice flat hard stones work best.

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Thank you, Just what I needed. Excellent write up. Thumbs up!

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I just did this tune up on my Monson 15-2.  I bought it used 24 years ago, it saw a lot of use for a few years, but has since been sitting in its case.  I’ve never taken the guts out before, so I just took my time and followed this thread.  Everything came out just like it should and reassembly was just as easy.  I installed the Wolff 8lb Mainspring and the Reduced Power trigger return spring.  All other parts looked fine and just needed a good cleaning.  Filed down some rough spots and its good to go.  This thing feels like a brand new firearm now.

 

Thanks Shoot for posting this, it is a great help!

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