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Old December 10th, 2016, 12:04 PM   #1
 
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Did I ruin my crane?

I'll start off by saying this is about the most embarrising post I will ever have to make. But, I need some honest feedback from someone who actually has enough technical knowledge to share.
The other night I started cleaning the handguns. I took down the SP101, put the crane in a tuna can and dowsed it with cleaner to soften up the crud on it. I then proceeded to take down 3 more handguns and started soaking barrels, cleaning frames etc. Well, I always toss the dirty patches in the tuna can and I forgot about having the crane in the can. By supper time the can was overflowing with patches so I dumped the contents in the wood stove. After supper I started assembling and when I got to the SP101 I couldn't find the crane. Thought about it for a moment and said ........... Yes, I had tossed crane and patches in the stove on top of 4 inches of red hot coals. Cooked it for over an hour. I located the crane and set it out to cool. The spring in it had lost some of its tension and it's all disclored. Since the crane is a factory fit part only I'm wondering how much pressure is exerted on the crane and if the heat effected it enough to send the gun back to ruger for it to be replaced? Or can I replace the spring and be good to go?
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Well first you get big points for honesty.

Second, I don't know how hot you bed of coals was in that stove but I guessing it was up there well over 800 degrees. Add to that an hour's worth of soaking in that heat and I'd say you didn't do it any good.

I would call Ruger and take the honest approach. It may cost you a new crane, a few related parts and some shipping but you'll be better off in the end.
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I agree, tell Ruger what happened, and they will fix it.
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3 for 3, call Ruger.
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Old December 10th, 2016, 03:25 PM   #5
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I agree call ruger and have them replace crane. That long a soak at that high a temp. would change the heat treat properities of the steel.
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I bet if you're honest with Ruger they'll still take care of you.

You pulled a doofus move but it's truly an accident. At least you weren't cowboying your gun!
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showmebob, I've been in the gunsmithing business a long time but this is a new one. I've never heard of anyone baking their gun parts .... but I could see how it could happen. Properties in metal start changing a notable amount when the temperature is increased by 600 degrees. There's no doubt .... your crane came out much different than it went in. It could have hardened ... possibly to a point where it is brittle .... or it could have softened. It all depends on how hot the crane got and how fast it was cooled. There's no way I would fire that SP101 so take everyone's advise and let Ruger replace it.
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I would lean towards you probably hardened it and it has now become brittle.

But it really doesn't matter whether it hardened or softened up, you changed the factory expectation on the hardness of the steel, it needs to be replaced.
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Pretty much the answers I expected. Thanks guys.
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Repair issue.

I sent the SP101 to Ruger for repair. The repair slip said they replaced the crane and cylinder. Great and thanks Ruger.
I think I have an issue with the repaired gun now. If I start to pull the trigger and then stop, (cylinder turned just a little like you had to stop the trigger squeeze for what ever reason) release the trigger and then try to pull it it won't pull and the hammer will not cock manually until the cylinder is rotated to the locked position by hand. I don't ever remember this being this way before the repair.
Any idea of what is causing this? Time to return it to Ruger again or is it something I can easily repair myself?
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i just recreated what you did with my gp 100, stop pulling the trigger, letting it go and then pulling it again. my hammer came back to cocked position and the cylinder continued to rotate to the next position and lock then the hammer went forward.
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