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  1. S&W620

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    I was just wondering how many rounds you fellas have fired through one gun. How many rounds should someone expect to get through a new gun before the it is crap? Which type of gun is more durable, a revolver or semi? Thanks for your responses.
     
  2. 1 old 0311

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    I bought a used S&W model 10 many years ago. I put a little over 30,000 handloads through it before it went out of time. $35.00 to fix it.

    Kevin
     
  3. TexasRifleman

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    My Delta Elite has well over 20,000 rounds through it from my years shooting IPSC. They were downloaded but still reasonably hot.

    It still shoots fine. Had to reblue it, it was looking pretty sad.

    I changed springs now and then, but nothing ever actually broke.
     
  4. MachIVshooter

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    I have a little over 14,000 through my Baby Eagle 9mm. 7 malfunctions total (misfires included) and I have not ahd to replace anything. I reckon it's proly about time for a new spring, though.

    I have .22's that likely have many more rounds than that through them, but I don't keep track with the rimfires.
     
  5. Buzztail

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    I have a Ruger MkI with just shy of 175k as of right now.
     
  6. 10-Ring

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    Let's see...for the most rounds, I'd figure one of my 22lrs w/ more rounds shot through them that I can even remember. At least, they're well broken in & easy to shoot
     
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    I have 10/22 that has been around for long time, and the stock has some nice beauty marks. I bet that is well over 50K, but it over 20 years old. I have HK USPf that has 25K through it, and it shoots as good as ever! I shot out a Krieger bbl in a M1A in 11K. I shot out (still grouped reasonably) a 700VS in 308 with 5K. I can not imagine the # of rounds I have through a trio of 625's!
     
  8. HSMITH

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    I have nearly 100K through a Buckmark. I have over 50K through a S&W M19. I have never replaced or repaired anything on either one. Some of the other high mileage guns have been sold or traded, but they were solid too.

    Which type lasts longer is more of a care and use question than a design life question. I beat the everloving snot out of most of my revolvers, HARD fast DA is all they ever see. I tear them up at a rate that a bullseye shooter or a casual shooter could never approach. Semi-auto guns cycle at full out performance each time, so life of them should be pretty equal across the board for shooters of all types. Maintenance is the big key to getting a semi to last IMO.

    Understand how you shoot each gun, appreciate how that treatment is going to affect the life of the gun, and be happy. I know I am very hard on revolvers, but I really don't care. I buy them to shoot. When they need it I fix them and hope to wear them out again.
     
  9. oscar

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    I read an article once about a Ruger .22 pistol at a range that had a documented 1 million rounds thru it.
     
  10. shermacman

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    I have my Dad's Winchester .22lr from 1937. He won a youth marksmanship championship in Oregon that year. He put a couple of hundred thousand rounds through it. I have fed it more boxes of Federal 550 paks than I can count. It would be a reasonable guess to hit the half million mark. Same barrel, trigger assembly. The only things that have broken were the cross hairs on the scope and one of the 10 round magazines.
    It is a beautiful gun!
     
  11. Rembrandt

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    Hummm?.... At two cents per round that would be $20,000 worth of ammo (probably more like four cents per round today or $40,000) in a $200 pistol.
     
  12. TexasRifleman

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    Oh I don't think any of us wants to start that math.... it's sickening :evil:
     
  13. fastbolt

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    Well, with all of my shooting spread out among various issued & personally owned handguns, it's not often I end up shooting an excessively high number of rounds through any particular one. Through many examples of a particular model, certainly, but not often through a specific example itself.

    I can think of one 6906 through which I estimated I'd fired more than 45K rounds, though ... and it required some minor parts replacement along the way, if only in the way of preferred preventive maintenance (since I carried it everyday for duty ;) ). The original extractor started to chip somewhere around 12K, so I replaced it when I discovered it during a cleaning session (although it had been a previously issued weapon before I received it, so who knows how many rounds were actually fired through the weapon before I received it).

    A friend of mine (for whom I maintain his personally owned S&W and Colt weapons) recently brought me his .40 S&W chambered SW99 for a new ejector. That meant a new sear housing block. Not too bad, considering he'd exceeded 50K through that gun.

    This is the same guy that I constantly have to remind to actually clean his perosnally owned and carried off-duty weapons after he shoots them. (Since he shoots so much. Often daily) I generally perform a detailed disassembly, inspection and cleaning on his weapons once or twice a year (we live more than a couple of hours apart from each other), and I have yet to have him bring them to me 'clean'.

    Once, when I field stripped his SW99 .40 I discovered sawdust, complete with chips, inside his pistol. :uhoh: He didn't understand why I gave him grief about it. He explained he'd spent several days working with a chainsaw and hadn't had the time to field strip and clean the gun. :scrutiny: He said he'd practiced with his pistol since then, and since it had functioned fine, and he was bringing me the gun to inspect (and clean) anyway, he didn't see any reason to clean it before he brought it to me ... :neener:

    :banghead:

    Since we've known each other for about 35 years, it's not like I don't realize he enjoys yanking my chain. :fire:
     
  14. Lazrah

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    i have 61 rounds thru my .45 baby eagle. hah:neener:
     
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    approx 85,000 90,000 rounds through my p22, replaced the hammer spring already.. she still goes strong.
     
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    ruger 10/22 with about 15k through it
    ruger mk II with about 8k
     
  17. XD Niner

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    10,200 rounds through my XD-9 that I bought a year and eight days ago.
     
  18. geekWithA.45

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    16,000+ rounds through my Sigarms P245. Replaced the recoil spring @ 12k rounds. Hums along just fine.
     
  19. Zach S

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    My polymer Kimber has over 10k through it.
     
  20. S&W620

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    Thanks for the replies. Keep 'em comin!!
     
  21. saltydog452

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    What Buzztail said.

    My Mk1 Ruger has had the aluminum trigger replaced by Jim Clark and replaced by his steel trigger. The pins were replaced by slightly larger diameter pins also. This was done in the early 70s.

    It'l take several attempts, but the Ruger will still pick up a two pound weight w/o tripping the trigger, so it is still NRA 'legal' for outdoor pistol, but just barely.

    I can't begin to estimate the round count, but its been a bunch. Also, for what its worth, the MK1 has never had a malfunction that was not ammunition related. But, it was cleaned after every match and re-lubed prior to the next match.

    salty.
     
  22. Camp David

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    I don't doubt this a bit... The Ruger .22 semi-auto was and is a tough little gun... we had one in our Pistol Club at college... through all four years all of us shot it, in addition to our Brownings. The Ruger was always faithful if cleaned and I know that we managed far more than 5,000 rounds per year or more through it just based on the ammunition bill we paid for all the guns...

    I would class Bill Ruger's semi-auto .22 as one of the toughest guns ever made....
     
  23. huntershooter

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    When I was actively competing (USPSA) I put 110,000 rds, thru an old 70 series Colt "comp" gun before it required a rebuild. Oh, it was a .38 Super.
     
  24. Thain

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    Old SCA and D&D joke:

    "This is my favorite axe, I've used it for twenty years. I've only had to replace the haft three times, and the head twice!"

    :)
     
  25. Shrinkmd

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    How about the ratings from the manufacturers?

    I recall seeing on the CZ site that they said about 30,000 service life. They didn't specify what needed replacing or if that was just mean time between failure or whatever.

    Sounds like a well cared for gun can go a long, long time.

    How about rifles? I saw an article about the Colt Match Target where they put 10k rounds through it over a weekend I think, and the barrel died. Nothing else. Of course they said they were putting way way too much through it in too short a time.
     
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