SP101 sharp


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dashootist
April 19, 2011, 11:22 PM
Rugers seem to have a lot of sharp edges. On my SP, the hammer is wearing out the skin on my thumb. Can I file down all the sharp edges?

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16shells
April 19, 2011, 11:37 PM
A small dremel tool can take care of the rough edges.

Naybor
April 19, 2011, 11:51 PM
Yep. I used a belt sander on mine. Just rounded off the sharp edges and left the center scoring.

Works fine now.

Sox
April 19, 2011, 11:57 PM
No kidding, these things are like razors, especially around the trigger. They should round the trigger like they do on the LCR! What do you use on your dremel? Just a sanding drum? or one of the stones?

Waywatcher
April 20, 2011, 08:34 AM
For dehorning, I highly recommend files and keeping the dremel in it's box. A small set of jewellers files for the various shapes work great. A slip up with a dremel would be nasty looking.

MachIVshooter
April 20, 2011, 11:46 AM
For dehorning, I highly recommend files and keeping the dremel in it's box. A small set of jewellers files for the various shapes work great. A slip up with a dremel would be nasty looking.

Agreed. Unless it's in a spot where you just cant do it with a file, that's the best way. The few times I've had to dehorn in that I couldn't use the file, I chucked the gun in my mill and used a carbide burr (like the front of my Witness slide; The rails were quite sharp)

I also found the hammer on my SP101 way too aggressive on the checkering, and the edges are brutal. Filed it.

357 Terms
April 20, 2011, 04:05 PM
Wet sandpaper. 400 grit.

oldbear
April 20, 2011, 04:12 PM
A dremel tool should only be used by a gunsmith or someone with a great deal of metal working/finishing experience. Start with 300 - 400 wet sandpaper, and either go up or down as needed. Remember take your time and go slow. You can always remove more metal but it's hard to pt it back on.

As good a weapon as the Ruger is this is one of the reasons thay cost less than the S&W's.

MachIVshooter
April 20, 2011, 08:36 PM
Wet sandpaper. 400 grit.

You're joking, right? Have you seen the edges of those hammers? You'd go through $20 worth of sandpaper before you saw results. That jagged checkering would tear it up in no time.

The SP101 hammer edges are file territory.

Drail
April 20, 2011, 10:40 PM
All Rugers come off of the machine table with nice square sharp corners (just like Colt 1911s). The trigger's edges are especially bad. The first thing I do with a Ruger is break the edges on the hammer spur and put a full radius on the corners of the trigger. On the hammer spur you only need to address the top corners and leave the checkering alone. Much more user friendly. A Dremel isn't really required and will get a lot of people in trouble if they're not skilled with one. I start with various grits of diamond stones and finish up with a Cratex polishing tip. A careful deburring of the internals and you will be much happier with the gun. Ruger designs and builds some really great guns but they don't seem to be concerned with the finish work. But at their prices one cannot really complain.

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