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Ballard - replace sear spring
Oct 14th, 2021 at 6:14pm
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The sear spring broke on my Ballard No.6. I have a replacement spring but have not been able to remove the remains of the old spring. You can see in the photo (detail enlargement) where the spring broke. Anyone have idea(s) on how to remove that old piece of the sear spring?
The dashed red line shows approximate profile of old spring.
  

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Re: Ballard - replace sear spring
Reply #1 - Oct 14th, 2021 at 6:55pm
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Mine broke I was able to pry it out easily. but I've yet to make a new one that doesn't fail after a 100 shots.

I'd love to know where you got a replacement Spring
  
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Reply #2 - Oct 14th, 2021 at 7:55pm
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RSW, needle nose vice grips and a small hammer?

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Reply #3 - Oct 14th, 2021 at 8:16pm
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CBAshooter,

I replaced the broken one in mine hundreds of rounds ago with a piece of bandsaw blade for a Harbor freight bandsaw.  Just cut it with a Dremel cut-off wheen and bent it with pliers. That blade is the right thickness and just needs to be cut down to the right width and length.   

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Reply #4 - Oct 14th, 2021 at 8:29pm
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Might it be a good idea to slightly break that sharp front edge of the slot when replacing the spring?
  
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Re: Ballard - replace sear spring
Reply #5 - Oct 14th, 2021 at 10:12pm
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Everyone
Thank you for your suggestions on removing that broken piece of sear spring. Perhaps if I can get something pointed under the spring, at the break, I can pry it out. Seems all of my tools are too large or in the case of a dentist's needle-like tool, it's too delicate.

Joe
Thanks for the idea about a needle nose pliers. Only problem is that hole behind the spring slot is very much smaller than it appears in the photo. If I grind down a needle nose to fit in the hole, it's not likely to have strength to grab the spring.

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If I were going to shoot that rifle for another 100 years I would definitely break that edge. On the other hand, that appears to be the original spring so it took over 130 to break.

Cbashooter
A replacement sear spring was given to me my an old friend. Unfortunately, he doesn't make them for sale.
  

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Re: Ballard - replace sear spring
Reply #6 - Oct 14th, 2021 at 11:12pm
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Randy,
stop by your local Ace Hardware and buy a $5 hook/scribe.  It will have either a small enough point that you can under the broken edge with some effort, or you can work it in the hole and push the spring out so you can grab the edge with a needle nose.
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Reply #7 - Oct 14th, 2021 at 11:14pm
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Hi Randy.

You might also look on the internet for a pair of needle-nosed jewelers tweezers.  I have several pair and find them very handy for tasks like yours.  Also dental picks are stronger than they look.  Finally, if magnification shows any burs over the cut, those can be stoned away.

In any case, a drop or two of Kroil (or whatever your favorite "loosener" is) would likely help eradicate whatever dried oil or the like has accumulated in that slot.

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Re: Ballard - replace sear spring
Reply #8 - Oct 15th, 2021 at 12:51am
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Make a small chisel the width of the thickness of the spring and drive it under the front edge of the spring until you can pry it out or get ahold of it with a pair of pliers. 
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Re: Ballard - replace sear spring
Reply #9 - Oct 15th, 2021 at 10:33am
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I modified a old pair of vise grip needle nose pliers by grinding the nose to a sharp point so it fit into the hole where the back end of the spring sits. Soaked the hole with Kroil overnight, and then clamped the vise grips on the bent over end and wiggled it until it came out. 
Usually the broken end comes out with a set of picks I have. I use dental picks also, but as you mentioned they're tiny and easy to bend. I have another set of various shaped picks with plastic handles I got at Harbor Freight, and they're easier to use, and a bit sturdier than dental picks too.
  

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