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Hammerli 208 disassembly

Post by Bullseye99 on 3/9/2018, 5:44 pm

I am looking for information on Hammerli 208 disassembly beyond field stripping. I’d like to strip it for a thorough cleaning , remove the sear, etc for Moly lube. I put about 5,000 rounds through it so far. I can’t find any information on line, no videos on YouTube either.
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Re: Hammerli 208 disassembly

Post by Jon Eulette on 3/9/2018, 6:08 pm

You probably won't find anything. Just be a typical man you don't need directions to :-)
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Post by Aprilian on 3/9/2018, 6:20 pm

this any help?  http://pdf.textfiles.com/manuals/FIREARMS/hammerli_208s.pdf
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Post by Jon Eulette on 3/9/2018, 6:51 pm

If it were me (yes I've100% disassembled before) I would remove slide and recoil spring and guide rod (ejector comes out now). Pull off grips and then remove mag catch and mainspring. That's it!. Clean away and then drop lube down front of hammer to sear. Reassemble. That's good enough.
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Post by Bullseye99 on 3/9/2018, 7:57 pm

Thanks!

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Re: Hammerli 208 disassembly

Post by Chris Miceli on 3/9/2018, 8:21 pm

Jon Eulette wrote:If it were me (yes I've100% disassembled before) I would remove slide and recoil spring and guide rod (ejector comes out now). Pull off grips and then remove mag catch and mainspring. That's it!. Clean away and then drop lube down front of hammer to sear. Reassemble. That's good enough.
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Is the barrel left hand twist or pinned in ? Maybe right hand? I want to clean it real good
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Re: Hammerli 208 disassembly

Post by Bullseye_Stan on 3/10/2018, 8:36 am

Before you jump right in and start disassembling the pistol, what Aprilian posted is for the 208s.  That is not a 208.  If your pistol is indeed a 208s, then the manual provided by Aprilian will do everything you need.  But if it's not, that manual may not apply for many steps.  The serial number of the pistol determines the time it was manufactured and the version.  

As such, you may want to be cautious and *stop* when something is unclear.  Removing the slide, taking off the grips, and other obvious dismantling is always OK.  Larry Carter has a good description on 208 maintenance: http://www.bullseyepistol.com/22care.htm. He knows of what he writes. 

Having tinkered with a 208, some versions do not readily release their recoil spring (which is critical to check, IMO).  Some folks on TargetTalk have described various 208 disassembly stages.  I would do a search on that site.  Even the rear sight has a different disassembly procedure.  The "site:www.targettalk.org 208 disassembly" search term in google should get you started.  Good luck!

p.s. I highly recommend taking plenty of digital photo's during the disassembly process.  They come in handy during reassembly.  And.... you can share your experience with others!


Edit: here is another link to 208 maintenance, authored by Ed Hall: http://www.pilkguns.com/edhallhammerli208sca-html/

Part of my lengthy post is from reading other forums where folks notice their German motorcycle engine has 50,000 miles and feel compelled to completely disassemble the engine, even though it is unnecessary.  The result is generally a tale of woe, which appears to be unheeded by others.  Perhaps it's the rare success story of an amateur being able to accomplish what could be done by a highly trained professional with years of experience?  People tend to love those stories - but they make me cringe.

Edit II: here is a link to several other Hammerli (208s/208/215/211) manuals: http://www.pistoliers.com/gen_pages.php?f=manuels.txt


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Re: Hammerli 208 disassembly

Post by 285wannab on 3/10/2018, 9:06 am

Jon Eulette wrote:You probably won't find anything. Just be a typical man you don't need directions to :-)
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We all can take things a part.  The thing is putting them together again without spare parts

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Post by 285wannab on 3/10/2018, 10:23 am

285wannab wrote:
Jon Eulette wrote:You probably won't find anything. Just be a typical man you don't need directions to :-)
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We all can take things a part.  The thing is putting them together again without spare parts
But seriously are there any tricks that would be useful to know?

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Re: Hammerli 208 disassembly

Post by Ed Hall on 3/10/2018, 1:12 pm

285wannab wrote:
285wannab wrote:We all can take things a part.  The thing is putting them together again without spare parts
But seriously are there any tricks that would be useful to know?
I once had someone I was mentoring bring me a plastic bag with all his Ruger MkII parts inside...

Tricks:

Wear safety glasses, work in a room with as little clutter as possible, work under a sheet if you're concerned about escaping parts, only use good quality tools of the correct size, especially screwdrivers and punches.

208(s):

The hammer is much easier to remove than the sear and if you remove the hammer you can reach the sear to clean and apply Moly lube.

I have field instructions at my site:

Cleaning and Adjustments for the Hammerli 208s

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Post by Ed Hall on 3/10/2018, 1:14 pm

Chris Miceli wrote:Is the barrel left hand twist or pinned in ? Maybe right hand? I want to clean it real good
It is removed in a counterclockwise direction.  The trick is getting the extractor cut aligned again when you reinstall. Smile

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Re: Hammerli 208 disassembly

Post by Bullseye99 on 3/15/2018, 4:56 pm

If someone could post a disassembly video on YouTube for the Hammerli 208 would forever be enshrined as a hero to all the grateful Hammerli 208 International Owner’s!

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Re: Hammerli 208 disassembly

Post by Chris Miceli on 3/15/2018, 5:04 pm

Ed Hall wrote:
Chris Miceli wrote:Is the barrel left hand twist or pinned in ? Maybe right hand? I want to clean it real good
It is removed in a counterclockwise direction.  The trick is getting the extractor cut aligned again when you reinstall. Smile
isn't that called thread timing or something?

I believe they would call that anti-clockwise =]
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