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Old February 17th, 2017, 03:15 AM   #1
 
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I contacted ruger about the tight cylinder throats on the 3 , 45 colt rugers I own. They want me to send them back so they can check them out. Should I send them back or just buy a reamer. I will most likely be getting more pistols so i'am thinking it would just be a good investment to get a reamer.



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2 things to worry ABOUT 1 IF YOU SEND IT BACK IT CAN GET STOLEN. i KNOW INSURANCE BUT STILL. 2 CAN YOU DOD THE REAMING WELL?
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If you do it yourself with a reamer, they will come out pretty smooth and usable, but not polished smooth like from the factory. They will shoot fine though if you ream them properly.

Another consideration is that a Manson reamer needs to be sharpened from time to time (about every six cylinders) so you need to figure in that cost.

BUT, you could always rent a reamer and do your batch of cylinders all in one batch.

https://4-dproducts.com/

If Ruger is willing to look at it, especially on their dime, I would send one in to them and see how it comes back. You should be prepared for the possibility that they will say it is within their spec and do nothing.

I rented a reamer and my accuracy improved measurably.
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Yetiman, thanks for that link. I had no idea you could rent gunsmithing tools. Unfortunately some tools are cost prohibitive to buy for one time use but being able to rent one is a great idea. Thanks!
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Good link,thanks for sharing!
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Renting the reamer seems like the way to go. I priced them at Brownell's. The reamer is $80 and the pilots are $60.

If you rent them, what else do you need for the job? T handle, reaming oil?
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thanks for the link to the rental. I hate letting my guns out of my sight. May just wait until I see what my income tax damage is and pickup another gun before making a decision. Thanks
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If they are Old Models I would NOT send them back. We've seen too many incidents where Ruger said "It can't be fixed and we're keeping it but we'll sell you a replacement New Model for a reduced price."

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I am not going to let that happen. I might just make the investment and let my collection grow.
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I reamed the cylinder throats on my 45 colt Vaquero and was pleasantly surprised how easy it was and the improvement in accuracy. I measured the bore diameter (grooves) and enlarged the throats accordingly. I used a hand reamer a friend had (local gun shop owner) while in his shop.
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