Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by doubleh, Jul 19, 2021.
Saw one just like that at Bi-Mart last week. If the grips had been white I'd have bought it.
I got a 4.75 inch Rough Rider a while back and it's the biggest piece of garbage I've ever had the displeasure of handling. It spits lead like crazy and randomly locks up on me, requiring me to remove the cylinder to resolve the issue. Not to mention all of the screws tend to back out and require retightening. I've even lost a screw before I found out that they had to constantly be checked on.
But worst of all it can't even hit a piece of printer paper at 15 feet (yes, feet, not yards.) I can consistently empty the whole cylinder without hitting the paper. It is the fixed sight model, so I would understand if POA didn't match up with POI. However, that's not the issue with my gun. My gun does not have any sort of repeatable group, at all.
I thought maybe the ammo I was using was the issue. Nope, no improvement with over a brick's worth of several different brands. Is there a possibility that I need to use a rest? Negative, didn't help. Maybe I just can't shoot it well? I let multiple people shoot the junky thing to no avail.
Knowing that there are lemons here or there with every product I eventually decided to give Heritage a chance to rectify the issue. I called to explain the situation and the lady I spoke with was fairly dismissive of my problem, stating that "the fixed sight models don't always shoot to POA." I told her that the sights were not my issue because if they were, the gun would produce some semblance of a group, just not quite to POA. I then explained the lead spitting and lock-up issue. She said that I can send it in, but I'd have to pay shipping. She quoted me $50 for their shipping label. That was not acceptable. I told her that the gun was broken from the time I bought it and that I shouldn't have to pay anything more. We talked some more and it was clear that I wasn't going to get anywhere and that I was wasting my time. I've worked in customer service before, I know what "go **** yourself" sounds like in polite terms.
I've got to say I'll never recommend any Heritage product for the rest of my days. I feel like a fool for wasting my money on this piece of handheld scrap metal. I even paid extra for the magnum cylinder. This is the only time I've gotten burned by a gun or gun manufacturer.
I know it may sound like I'm just hating on Heritage, but I really wanted to like this thing. An inexpensive, American-made .22 revolver is certainly something that has been lacking in the market for quite some time and Heritage fills this niche perfectly. However, looking back I wish I would've dropped the extra $50 for a Ruger Wrangler, because I know from experience that Ruger takes care of their customers.
Scout21 - have you checked the muzzle's crown for possible damage as that can affect accuracy. As for the spitting, it is possible that there is a misalignment between the cylinder and the forcing cone. If they're misaligned by even a couple of thousandths of an inch (0.001-0.002), that might account for the spitting. If you know somebody that works on guns (not necessarily a "gunsmith") that you trust, maybe they can check that alignment.
I don't have the gun on me, but I believe I did check and there was no perceivable damage to the crown. Now that I think about it, I guess there may be a chance that the crown wasn't ground evenly, which may cause the erratic accuracy issue. I'll have to check when I can.
I didn't use any repeatable, scientific way of measuring the alignment, but the forcing cone/cylinder alignment seemed ok. I do know that it locked up nice and tight when the hammer was cocked.
I don't know any gunsmiths, unfortunately. Though I must say of everyone I know, I'm probably the best candidate for solving the issue. I have a good bit of shooting and hunting friends, but I know of no one who I'd come all that close to calling a gunsmith.
We used a Heritage and an H&R 9 shot double action revolver. I liked them both and didn't really care which one I had.
On a side note that was the best job I ever had in my life. For about five years I was in charge of rat death in and around the chicken coup. Shot thousands of them with rat shot.
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spell chicker is overheated....
Here I thought you was gonna say you left her at the store.
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