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Can slight timing issue affect accuracy?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by ChuckB, Oct 25, 2004.

  1. ChuckB

    ChuckB Well-Known Member

    Hello, High Roaders. I've been having some fun with my Ruger Security Six that I picked up last winter. It was a well-used, but decently cared-for, revolver when I bought it. It has decent accuracy: it about matches what I can do with a Glock 19 or Beretta 92 at 50 feet, but can't come close to my newly-acquired S&W 645 at that distance. I checked the timing today for the first time, and it's off very slightly. The cylinder latch doesn't quite snap into the inlets in the cylinder when the hammer is cocked, but will snap into place if I nudge the cylinder slightly with my fingers. It's not spitting lead (although I use jacketed bullets), and I had the forcing cone reamed recently by a local gunsmith. Should I be concerned about this, as it relates to accuracy, or is it just a minor issue? I'd like to use it in indoor competition, but we shoot out to 25 yards, and I really need the accuracy.

  2. stans

    stans Well-Known Member

    Anytime a revovler cylinder does not lock when cocked, either single or double action, and the cylinder must be turned slightly by hand, you should be very concerned. This indicates wear on the hand and/or rachet and yes, it will affect accuracy and it's only a matter of time before spitting becomes a problem. Such conditions can actually crack the forcing cone of the barrel. The bullets, instead of entering the center of the barrel, will stike the edge of the forcing cone, the repeated impact causes shaving of the bullet sides and can crack the cone. Get thee to a qualified gunsmith yesterday!!!!
  3. ChuckB

    ChuckB Well-Known Member

    I called Ruger today, and they want to take a look at it. It's off to them tomorrow, and I won't fire it before then.


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