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Cylinder binding problem .002 gap too tight?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by elano, Aug 14, 2011.

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  1. elano

    elano Member

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    I have a ruger security six that binds the cylinder up when it gets hot from firing. When it's cool it shows no symptoms. I measured the gap with a feeler gauge and with the cylinder being pushed forward I can BARELY squeeze a .002 in there. With it pulled back I can fit a .004 but not a .005. There are circular scrape marks on the cylindar face in the buildup between a couple bores. This lead me (haha) to believe that the cylindar to barrel gap is the problem after everything gets warm.

    I read that a knife sharpening stone or fine file can be used to carefully take a thousandth or two off the barrel end. Is this ok to do?
     
  2. 918v

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    No.

    You might have a bent ejector rod causing runout between the cylinder and the forcing cone.

    Is the gap consistent with all chambers?
     
  3. Jim K

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    Yes, if you plan to shoot more than a few rounds at a time. The optimum b-c gap is .006-.007. Some folks seem to think that the b-c gap should be close to zero, concentrating on loss of pressure and forgetting about cylinder expansion from heat.

    Jim
     
  4. Flint Ridge

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    as 918v stated, is the binding on all cylinders? Or does it get worse, worse, then better and better, then back to worse? I've had that issue myself.
     
  5. Jim K

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    My response was based on the gap being consistent. If it is, a gunsmith with the right tool can take a smidgen (1 smidgen = .005" or .13mm) off the end of the barrel. Don't try it with a file.

    If the gap does vary from chamber to chamber, there is a somewhat deeper problem and I would consider returning the gun to Ruger.

    Jim
     
  6. murf

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    check the gap at two or three different spots on the cylinder. your base pin hole on the cylinder may be off line with the bores. if so, a .002 gap will tie up the cylinder with a minimal amount of crud on the face of the cylinder.

    murf
     
  7. elano

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    Well if it was something mechanically bent like the star rod or crane, it should do it all the time, not only when hot am I right. But to answer your question, it seemed to do it every 6th trigger pull however examination of the cylinder face showed contact with the forcing cone in 2 places.gap looks to be consistent and true all the way around.

    I'm shooting lead reloads and it seems to be leaving a thin lead residue on the cylinder face around the bores. I might buy some fmj and see if it does it with that now that I scrubbed it clean with a bronze brush.
     
  8. F-111 John

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    You need to measure the gap six times. If the face of the cylinder isn't perfectly square (and they rarely are) you will find one chamber with the highest gap and the opposite chamber has the lowest gap.

    If the chamber with the highest gap is .002, and the chamber with the lowest gap is <.002, you have a problem.

    On my Dan Wesson 715, you can set the gap because of the interchangable barrels, and the gun comes with an .006 feeler gauge to set the gap. The gap goes from a bit loose to very snug on the .006 feeler gauge when measuring all six chambers. Over on the Dan Wesson forum some like to set their gaps at .004 claiming better accuracy, but all agree that anything less than .004 is asking for your type of trouble.

    My S&W Model 19 has an average gap of .008 with a similar loose to very snug between all six chambers.

    Not only will a .002 gap cause problems when the cylinder heats up, but the smallest amount of fouling on the face of the cylinder can cause cylinder-forcing cone drag.
     
  9. 918v

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    Nope. If it's bent, it's bent. It may not make a difference when cold. Spin the cylider and look at the ejector rod. Is there a slightest hint of wobble?

    This sort of thing is caused by people flicking the cylinder shut with their wrist.
     
  10. madcratebuilder

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    If you have .000 runout on the cylinder then .002 barrel gap should not cause binding until you get the gun so hot you can't handle it. The factory spec for the Dan Wesson .357 Supermag is .002 barrel gap. That's what I run on mine and I don't have a binding issue unless I shoot until it's filthy dirty and hot as heck. Then I well start to feel some drag.
     
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    Contact rugers CS . They will more than likely have it shipped in to correct your issue. I keep my DW's also at 2th but they are hunting revolvers not for shooting up ammo like in there early life. You should have that gap a bit larger, about 6 th's 4th's if very square fit.. Ask then to smooth up your trigger too while they have it.
     
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    Is the ejector rod loose and coming unscrewed?
     
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    Hardluck is right Ruger should take care of you...two thousands is too tight to be practical.
    Have you had the gun awhile and this is a new problem?
     
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    An old tool and die maker years ago told me that the optimum gap is .003 enough to take up any expansion but close enough to accept run-out of course this was back in the day when most revolvers did go thru *some* amount of hand-checking....and when quality was not just a word thrown around
     
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    The Gun was made before 1987, What's the pre fix #'s ?
    Y/D
     
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    Check the forcing cone very carefully. the -Six series had the same cracked forcing cone problem as S&W K-frames, and that'll bind it up. Happened on mine.
     
  17. elano

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    Serial is 155-xxxxx

    Forcing cone is not cracked, ejector is not loose. I bought it a few months ago. When I spin the cylinder, the ejector rod looks pretty straight to me.
     
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    When you're talking about .002 or so for a variation of course it'll "look straight". The human eyeball is only good for the sort of coarse things which would mean instand disaster in something such as a cylinder runout. You want to repeat your shim testing with a clean front face on your cylinder and to check all the chambers for gap.

    Also since you were able to "open up" the cylinder gap to .004 with the cylinder pulled back then .004 is your gap, not .002. Pressure during the cylinder indexing will push the cylinder back as needed to work. So the proper gap in your case is .004 to .004+.
     
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    One more check...is there powder or debris between the extractor head and cylinder at the rear of the cylinder? That would force the cylinder forward.
     
  20. Got_Lead?

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    If you remove metal off the back of the barrel, do so .001" at a time, and test fire. A well fitted BC gap is a precious thing.

    I have a Taurus model 85 that had the same issues, .002 gap and it hung up as the face of the cylinder picked up a little fouling. I polished the face of the cylinder and squared up the back of the barrel. Function is 100% now.

    If you do need to remove .001" or so off the back of the barrel, I would recommend making a jig out of wood to keep the file flat across the barrel, otherwise you will likely round it.

    Oh, and BTW, when you cock the revolver, the hand pushes the cylinder forward, so the rearward BC measurement is really moot. And when the gun fires, in most cases, the case slips fully rearward against the recoil lug, locking the cylinder forward as it expands and seals. Endshake can vary between .001" to .005" between guns. Your Ruger is pretty tight at .002 endshake (difference between forward and rearward BC)

    I have 2 security sixes, one measures .002/.006, and the other is .004/.005. I've had the former for decades and the endshake has not changed in thousands and thousands of rounds.

    You might give Ruger a call before removing metal. Remember, metal is easy to remove, but slightly more difficult to put back.

    Good luck.
     
  21. oldfool

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    Opinions vary on just how tight is too tight for b/c gap, always have, always will
    but, yeah, 0.002 will bind cylinder when the cylinder face accumulates powder residue

    unless you are a qualified professional gunsmith, do yourself a big favor, leave the stones and files alone, and sent it to a pro or the factory

    "There are circular scrape marks on the cylinder face in the buildup between a couple bores." Cannot say that something else like an ejector rod etc. could not be cause, but the tight gap is the primary suspect, yes, that is the very typical observed symptom.

    (shoot slower, or clean face more often, or send it to a pro)
     
  22. elano

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    Thank you gotlead and others who replied!

    I have scrubbed the forcing cone and cylinder face clean with a bronze brush and will shoot some fmj 357 rounds through it this weekend. I figure if I can make it 100 rounds with no problem Ill leave it alone. Otberwise it's gettig fixed one way or another.

    Anyone know how much a smith might charge to take it down a thousandth or two? If it's goin to cost $50 I might just do it myself. I know a little bit goes a long way when it comes to clearancing tight fitting parts.
     
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    That much movement seems kind of sloppy to me? One of my S&W 66's has had a long steady diet of H110/296 loads through it, and it still won't move but maybe .001" if I really push hard on it. But more to your question. I personally think .002" is a little too tight for a magnum revolver, especially if it is flexing as much as your describing. Mine are all in the .004" -.006" range.
     
  24. 918v

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    For $50 you might as well send it to Ruger and let them fix it correctly.
     
  25. Jaymo

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    My first revolver was a 1990 -91 Charter Arms Bulldog .44 with the 2.5 inch bull barrel. Only one I've ever seen.
    It had a cylinder gap of 0.0015" and it never did tie up. I shot the snot out of that revolver.
    Maybe I was just lucky?
    I seem to recall the feeler gauge that comes with Dan Wesson revolvers was/is 0.006".
    I don't measure cylinder gap anymore, unless I have a problem with the gun tying up.
     
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