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New barrel bushing for SR1911

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by spazzymcgee, Sep 30, 2012.

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  1. spazzymcgee

    spazzymcgee Member

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    I lost the barrel bushing for my brand new Ruger SR1911! I need a new one that matches my gun and fits well. I'd love to keep it cheap, too. Where can I find one, and will it need to be fitted? Thanks in advance, guys.
     
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Mmmmm?

    How about Ruger customer service / Parts department!
    No, it shouldn't need fitting if Ruger sends you one..

    How the heck do you lose a barrel bushing anyway? :confused:
    Inquiring minds want to know!

    rc
     
  3. spazzymcgee

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    I was taking it apart, when the recoil spring, plug, and bushing shot across my bedroom. I found everything but the barrel bushing. Even after a couple hours of looking. Yeah, I know, it was stupid. Or a conspiracy! Regardless, ShopRuger.com's SR1911 parts section doesn't have it, so I suppose I'll contact ruger.
     
  4. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    If it was in your bedrooom?
    It is still in your bedroom.

    (Unless it fell in one of your fuzzy pink bunny slippers and you tracked it into the kitchen.)

    Keep looking!!

    Probably in the corner under the Big Mac wrappers, Cheese Curl sacks, and dirty laundry!!
    Or in one of your old tenny shoes.

    BTW: You know it's time to pick up your room & do laundry when big 1911 parts go missing :D

    rc
     
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    First, I agree with RC in that it has to be there somewhere. Parts can bounce funny.

    Next, I do remember reading the on the Ruger 1911 guns the barrel and barrel bushing are milled together from the same block. Ruger claims that allows for the best barrel and barrel bushing fit. Like on a gun by gun basis was my take.

    Ruger can be strange about certain parts. They may want you to send the barrel so they can fit a bushing to it.

    Anyway, that bushing is there somewhere so just keep looking. Nooks, crannies, and folds in bed linen as well as shoes or wherever. It didn't walk away.

    Ron
     
  6. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    BTW: You ought to try losing a weapons part in the dark, in a muddy foxhole, half full of water sometime.

    I can GayRonTee Ya you WILL find it, if you want too bad enough!!

    A barrel bushing in a bedroom should be child's play compared to that.

    rc
     
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    My wife lost her Browning BDA 380 one time. She found it when she was moving the linens from the washer to the dryer......
     
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    I lost a 1911 bushing 2 years ago-still haven't found it! Yes they require fitting for best accuracy;I'm lucky I have a gunsmith buddy.
     
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    If it was a snake it would have bit ya.
     
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    You're gonna step on that dawg in the morning! Ouch!!

    I must admit - or ask - how the heck do you launch the bushing? I have launched a plunger tube, but a bushing? That took mad skills!
     
  11. Jim K

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    It won't keep the bushing in check, but in a properly made 1911, the recoil spring plug has a dimple that the spring screws into, and the other end of the spring has a crimped coil so it fits tightly over the recoil spring guide. That keeps the three parts together and the plug and spring from taking off.

    Jim
     
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    Thanks for the replies, but I looked literally everywhere. And then some. I know it's crazy, and it was stupid, but Ruger says that they can't send me one. Can someone please Recommend me one that will fit and look correct?
     
  13. rcmodel

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    No.

    I have no experiance with Ruger 1911 barrels.

    I still insist it has to be in your bedroom, if it ever was in your bedroom.

    Look down the furnace vents, tear the bed apart, look in shoes, dirty clothes, under the dresser, etc.

    I simply has to be there somewhere, if it ever was.

    rc
     
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    Get a good dial caliper and measure the inside diameter of the slide where the bushing seats and the outside diameter of the barrel at the front end. Contact Evolution Gun Works (EGW) for a bushing. Give them those numbers and they will produce one for you that will fit.
     
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    Or find the one you lost in the bedroom!!

    Maybe it bounced off the floor and got stuck up inside the box springs or something??

    But whatever, it simply has to be in there, somewhere!!!!

    They don't grow legs in the dark and run off.

    rc
     
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    RC, I understand your logic, but you just plain have no idea how incredibly hard and long I looked for that damn bushing. Hours and hours. I can't stop kicking myself over it. My room wasn't dirty, and it couldn't have fallen in the vents. Something either ate it, or there's a goblin in there stealing shiny things. I have trouble believing it myself. I guess I'll contact those guys and have them make me one. Thanks.
     
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    Be assured, when you buy a new one you will immediately find the old one. It's that Murphy's Law thing.
     
  19. highorder

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    I'm with rc. It's in there. Rent a metal detector. :)

    sidebar:

    Yesterday I lost an AR front takedown pin detent spring plunger. Outdoors. :(

    Where to find a replacement without buying a LPK, or even the pin/detent kit?
     
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    If you know the general vicinity where you lost the pin try a pick-up magnet.

    It should suck it up if you know where you lost it.

    rc
     
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    Did you look at the ceiling? I gotta tell you, I have seen parts embed themselves in a ceiling if they are flying fast enough. Also, look on shelves, behind pictures, etc.
     
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    Are we sure the correct part has been identified? If all those things went flying at once, the pistol was not taken down correctly and the bushing most certainly wasn't "fit for best accuracy".

    If you go with the EGW you'll need some fine sandpaper or a bushing wrench, depending on how tight a fit you want.
     
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    Thanks, I didn't think about Numrich...
     
  25. spazzymcgee

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    Go Ruger!

    I called Ruger, to compliment my previous email, and apparently, they cannot send me one. However, they're covering the shipping for me to send them the gun and they're going to replace and fit the bushing all for free! I even told them that I lost it, and that it wasn't their fault. I'm simply amazed that they would do something like that for me.
     
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