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Anyone have the trigger pull get harder on a revolver? My model 69 had an 11 pound trigger pull when I got it, new. Last time I checked it was 13. If this continues, well, I don't even want to think about it.

Any ideas what could be going on?
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It might be time to pull the sideplate and clean and lubricate.

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A good general cleaning won't hurt but the specific area I'd look at is the cylinder.

If the cylinder doesn't spin freely on the yoke's barrel, with the cylinder opened, it'll make the trigger pull harder.

Remove the yoke & cylinder assembly from the revolver & thoroughly clean the yoke's barrel where the cylinder spins on it.

This model commonly gets carbon build-up in this area binding up the two causing a drag on it.

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Also, clean under the extractor. Dirt can get in there and make the cylinder turn hard when it's closed.
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Thanks to all for the responses. However, all those things have been done recently.
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I assume it is also well lubed.
Does it feel any harder? Are you using the same trigger gauge?
Any galling going on?
Maybe something is now misaligned or burred and causing more drag somewhere?
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My response would be the same as that posted by Bluedot37. I pretty much gave up shooting cast bullets from mine. I actually get lead buildup inside the yoke barrel area. I haven't tried powder coated bullets. It's not much of an issue with jacketed bullets. You'll get some carbon but it's not rapid as with the cast lead and lead buildup. The lead might not be noticeable at a glance.
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I assume it is also well lubed.
Does it feel any harder? Are you using the same trigger gauge?
Any galling going on?
Maybe something is now misaligned or burred and causing more drag somewhere?
Yes, well lubed. Yes, feels harder. Yes, same trigger gauge.

What is galling?

Gun is currently with gunsmith. Should hear back in about a week.
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My response would be the same as that posted by Bluedot37. I pretty much gave up shooting cast bullets from mine. I actually get lead buildup inside the yoke barrel area. I haven't tried powder coated bullets. It's not much of an issue with jacketed bullets. You'll get some carbon but it's not rapid as with the cast lead and lead buildup. The lead might not be noticeable at a glance.
How fast does the lead build up? My gun probably has less than 200 rounds since it's been deep cleaned.
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I have a Model 69 and shoot a lot of cast bullets in it. I have never really had much problem with lead build up but the carbon sure does but I guess my revolver might have to really clean it about every 500 rounds. It does not get hard to use just filthy. Might be an individual revolver thing.
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