Originally Posted by squint
MP-40, I think you may be getting a bit ahead of yourself. I definitely would not do any work on the gun without first giving it a good accuracy test with several brands of ammo. It just might shoot OK in spite of the ding.
If the ding indeed turns out to be a problem, I would then contact Ruger and see if they will fix it for you, and pick up the tab for shipping both ways. They will do this if they think it is a factory defect. You DID say it was NIB.
If Ruger turns you down, then you might consider hiring a gunsmith. Even then though, I would try fixing it myself first. After all, if you don't succeed, the gunsmith won't charge any more.
If you decide to try fixing it yourself there are several methods that home gunsmiths use with good results.
Let us know how the accuracy testing goes first though.
yea, you might be right. When I say NIB, I was in one of the old yellow and black cardboard boxes. ....Hardened shipping oil throughout the pistol. I cleaned it and shot it and was hitting steel (scrap pieces tied to a crossbuck 2x4 setup) at ~75 feet. Accuracy probably does need to be measured more carefully before the "knife is dropped". I guess I was on a "freak out" because this supposed NIB pistol had the ding at the rifling in the crown, I can get real anal real quick about my toyz.
I would probably bet it was careless handling by the prior owner (I bought it from a dealer at the gunshow), the mag had some wear on it where it looked like someone had "played with it" a bit. no firing pin damage on the breechface (wheew!) but that's what led me to believe it was "post factory "dinged".....who knows, maybe not???.
I think I'll try your suggestion with different brands of ammo and do some accuracy testing prior to peeing my pants.
If all else fails, you are correct, the factory will probably repair it (at my cost)
Thanks for the input.