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Old July 29, 2014, 10:27 AM   #1
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"NIB" Uberti with leading

I was considering an Uberti Cattleman in 357 at the LGS. It was sold as new. Looked new on the outside. Light, incomplete rings on the cylinder. Small mark on the grip. To be expected with a gun on display. Gun in general had the typical soot from a factory-fired gun. Factory grease was still apparent.

But when I removed the cylinder to check the bore, I found a layer of leading at the forcing cone onto the rifling, with some mild leading closer to the muzzle.

Passed on the gun. Still not sure if I think a clerk gave it a range session, with an abbreviated cleaning, or if it was a symptom of throats or forcing cone out of spec. I would probably conclude the latter, but would the leading appear just after test firing?
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Old July 29, 2014, 12:11 PM   #2
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It depends on the specifics of the gun and the ammo.

I have had guns that lead up pretty quickly and others that never leaded at all.
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Old July 29, 2014, 12:25 PM   #3
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Depends on what the Italians use for proof loads and function test (if any.)
I can see where a 130% load with a swaged bullet could lay down some leading in a hurry.

But store clerks want to have fun, too.
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Old July 29, 2014, 04:20 PM   #4
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Recutting the forcing cone is a easy, quick, inexpensive fix by a gunsmith.

I have a Ruger Vaquero that not only didn't have a forcing cone cut in the barrel but the barrel / cylinder gap measured .003" on one side of the barrel and .001" on the other! My gunsmith fixed both problems while I waited and only charged me $ 20.00.

Have the LGS throw in recutting the forcing cone and checking the barrel / cylinder gap as part of the sale.

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Old July 29, 2014, 04:49 PM   #5
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Some gun stores feel it's alright to shoot 100 rounds or more in any gun they sell as new to "test it". They say the gun is still new because there was no paperwork done on the gun but i feel if they shoot 2+ boxes of ammo through the gun it's no linger new.
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Old July 29, 2014, 10:30 PM   #6
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Being a serial Uberti buyer (25 or more of the darned things): None have ever shown *any* sign of being shot.

That one has been played with... lots.



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Old July 29, 2014, 11:19 PM   #7
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The amount of lead makes me wonder if there was some combination of "test firing" with a bad forcing cone or something.
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Old July 29, 2014, 11:29 PM   #8
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The amount of lead makes me wonder if there was some combination of "test firing" with a bad forcing cone or something.
We can't know for sure but I agree with you leaving it at the store and not buying it...
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