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Old March 21st, 2017, 09:58 AM   #1
 
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alterations and mods affecting warranty?

I know that Ruger doesn't have a warranty most of us understand, but it sounds like they back their products pretty well. Having said that...I have a brand new Ruger Mark III 22/45. Taken it to the range once. I love it.

BUT....

the notch at the rear of the barrel where the bolt mates has so many sharp edges...I've cut myself twice now just manipulating the bolt and I guess getting a little clumsy and barely let my fingers ride the bolt back.

If I break the edges with a file, sandpaper, or craytex and touch it up with some cold blue...will modifying the firearm somehow hurt my ability to get warranty service from Ruger in the future if I some sort of malfunction later that I cant' resolve?

and on that note...if I have any drop-in, aftermarket products installed, with that also affect my ability to get service from Ruger?

anyone had any experience with this? been denied warranty service?

Should I send my pistol back to them to get the sharp edges knocked off? or is that the way it's supposed to be?

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Old March 21st, 2017, 12:00 PM   #2
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Welcome aboard.

I don't have a Mark III so I can't tell you if it is 'normal' for those sharp edges to be there. Others here can weigh in on that.

Your best bet is probably to call Ruger and get their thoughts on this problem. If they need you to send it in, they'll cover the shipping both ways and should take care of the problem.
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I wouldn't overthink it. What you're describing hardly seems like something Ruger would take any issues with, especially since it sounds like they could have done a little better job on the initial finish themselves. I've done more than my share of modifications and I doubt Ruger would have much heartburn over most of what I've done. Some things yes but minor things like non-factory springs or sights or grips aren't really an issue. They may return the gun with new factory springs and your non-factory springs in a little bag (I've had that happen) but I think it would take some pretty major modifications before they would refuse to service a gun. Even then they may still service it but insist they also return it to its original caliber or barrel length or whatever. Ruger service is pretty accommodating and generally goes to great lengths to fix issues and make owners happy.
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I agree with waveform and I only worry about things such as removing a magazine safety or such.
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thanks

thanks everyone for the input. I"m just gonna go for it and do what I need to do.

and now that I think about it....if there's no written warranty, there's really no way to void it, right?

and it's not like i'm doing a full "melt" job and complete de-horning. It'll still look like the same pistol.

(and if I ever do send it in for service, I'll remember to put the mag safety back in!)
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How can you violate the terms of a warranty that doesn't exist?

Ruger is one of the better manufacturers at fixing whatever is wrong and not worrying about changes that are not affecting the gun's operation. But there are no guarantees in life.

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I can't respond to the sharp edges.

But any aftermarket alterations would be removed by Ruger gunsmiths and the gun would be returned to you in original factory specifications/parts.
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The only time I've hurt myself on a Mark series pistol, is if my hand is in the way of the bolt while firing or when I tried to reach my right thumb around to release the bolt. Rather than deface the pistol, I've just been more careful where I put my hands.
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I disagree

>>Rather than deface the pistol, I've just been more careful where I put my hands.<<

I work in a machine shop, actually...nothing should reach the end user with edges this sharp where fingers might end up. They aren't razor sharp..but they aren't far from it.

not so much "defacing" as completing the deburr job that should've been done at the factory.
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Hmmmmmmm...guess I'm screwed with my alterations and mods. Lol
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