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Old 12-08-2012, 09:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ball Detent????

I have a Pro-Line Sterling, it looks like a current Bronze Sterling and from pics I've seen of the "newer" Sterling's all have detents. I'm sick of having a double ball problem so I want to install a ball detent.

My questions are: is there a way I can put one on my old Sterling? If so, in your opinion (and I know there will be many), which is the best style, the wire or the one that screws in? What is the benefits to either style? I have the technology to put the screw in style because its just drilling a hole (in the right location obviously), thread tapping it and micro-hone the bore. The wire style, I believe (correct me if I'm wrong), needs to have a slot machined in the body. What is the location I would need to drill my hole for the screw in style? Or is there an Airsmith here on MCB that could perform the machining for the Wire style that anyone knows about?

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Old 12-08-2012, 09:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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There are trade offs for all the styles.
Cocker style
The screw in or cocker styles are good if you use a good one.
No open holes to let dirt into the breech.
Only drill, tap, and debur. Done

Wire
Open slot to let in dirt
Can be hard to find wires
Requires milling and a drilled and tapped hole

Rubber nub style
-Easy to find replacements (ego or spyder style detents)
-Needs cover and mill slot, drill and tapped hole for screw to hold

I use the Cocker style most of the time.
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Old 12-08-2012, 10:12 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I think the problem with the wire detent is that milling out the side of the body will leave ugly bare metal behind. You won't see any real performance difference so I would recommend a cocker style detent.
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Old 12-08-2012, 10:15 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Might look into a matched or under bored barrel. I havent noticed any double feed since I my barrel. As far as adding a detent, cocker would be the cleanest. Down the road replacement, wire would probably be the way. Just bend a paper clip.
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Old 12-08-2012, 10:22 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Don't forget PTP style.

Cocker style is harder than you think. Placement and proper angle are very very important.

I've most often seen sterlings with the wire detents. Even the old eclipse and bbt ones used wires. But screw in detents really didn't become popular until after sterlings had kinda died out.
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Old 12-08-2012, 01:29 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I was leaning more towards the cocker style as it is for the reasons of keeping the bore clean and I can do it with my tools in my garage. Now all I need is the measurements from somebody who has a Bronze with the cocker style detent. Maybe Mike Taitt can give me the measurements from the AP Sterling Bronze model.

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Hi guys! Just back from a days 'ballin. I'll be back at my desk tomorrow, so I'll have a look for you then, :-)
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I've done three of my older Sterlings using a drill press and hand taps, mixture of calipers and MK 1 eyeball. I aimed for the center of the top tube and a 'wee bit' (ahem, prob about 1/8") forward of the center of the ball stack and they all work very well
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