1911: Guiderod question?


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45R
July 5, 2003, 11:40 AM
I've run about 600 rounds of ball through my Kimber Custom II all together now.

The other night I did a fieldstrip to clean out the gun.

I noticed that the guiderod had scratches that ran along the length of the rod it in the 10 'clock position if your looking at the gun from the rear. The guiderod gets oiled everytime I clean it. ?

What would bind against the guiderod that would cause this. I checked the frame and bushing for "shiny spots" and that check came up negative. Could I have put the spring in backwards or does that matter?

Help.


TIA

45R

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TheFrontRange
July 5, 2003, 11:54 AM
I have a Kimber Custom (pre-Series II) with about 1,400 rounds through it so far that shows similar guide rod wear to what 45R mentions. I had assumed it was normal wear from the recoil spring itself but would appreciate any other info on this, too.

(Edited to add): As to your recoil spring possibly being in backwards...on my Kimber, the closed end of the recoil spring is supposed to be against the "inside" end of the guide rod...the open end of the spring should be inside the recoil spring plug during reassembly...hope that helps some.

Sactown
July 5, 2003, 11:59 AM
my kimber polymer has the same wear on the guide rod.

45R
July 5, 2003, 12:03 PM
Thanks guys!!!


45R

Kruzr
July 5, 2003, 12:26 PM
Those marks aren't wear marks unless you have the spring in backwards. They usually are caused by the small burr that is put in springs on the closed end to make sure it "grabs" the bottom of the guide rod. When you pull the spring off or put it on, it scratches the rod. You can smooth the end of the coil at the closed end a bit with emery cloth but you want to have some tension there.

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