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Old March 16th, 2013, 07:42 AM   #1
 
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SR1911 replacement barrel

Is there such thing as a drop in replacement barrel for the SR1911? I checked Midway and it looks like some of the "drop in's" required fitting anyway.

Any suggestions on what to buy would be welcome.



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Old March 16th, 2013, 07:53 AM   #2
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See reply above. There is no such thing as a drop in part for a 1911. Unless your present barrel is faulty, I'd stick with it. The biggest improvement in accuracy in a 1911 comes from fitting a new bushing, BTW. Emphasis on 'fitting'. If you order a 'drop in' bushing, not much will be accomplished.

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See reply above. There is no such thing as a drop in part for a 1911. Unless your present barrel is faulty, I'd stick with it. The biggest improvement in accuracy in a 1911 comes from fitting a new bushing, BTW. Emphasis on 'fitting'. If you order a 'drop in' bushing, not much will be accomplished.

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Agreed. Drop in barrels may require less fitting, but still require fitting.
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First time in 5 years I had a bad reload. Must have been set to deep. Too much pressure expanded my barrel. Lucky no other damage occurred. Funny thing is I ran 20 flawless rounds before it from the same batch. I was testing a new recipe and something went south.

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OUCH! Buy a new barrel and take it to a gunsmith to have it fitted. If you do send it to Ruger DON'T tell them you were using reloads. It will void any warranty
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I bought the gun used so I'm not sure if Ruger will help anyway. I know a smith and he suggested a Wilson Combat or Caspian. Ill just take it to him. I think I'll get the match grade. Its only 10 bucks more.
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I know a smith and he suggested a Wilson Combat or Caspian. Ill just take it to him. I think I'll get the match grade. Its only 10 bucks more.
Sounds like the plan.
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Bar Stol or Wilson will set your back about $300 not counting smith work. OUCH. I'd call Ruger and tell them what happened and see what they charge. Don't say it was factory ammo. They have seen this happen to many times to know what happened. I cracked the frame on a Glock ( GLOCK) and they charged me $40 for a new frame. It was my fault and I told them I was using reloads. I thought I had a $550 paper weight.

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OUCH! Buy a new barrel and take it to a gunsmith to have it fitted. If you do send it to Ruger DON'T tell them you were using reloads. It will void any warranty
It won't matter if he tells Ruger about the reloads or not. One look at that barrel and they'll know.

To replace a 1911 barrel, you need to replace the bushing as well. They have to be fitted to one another. Check out Wilson Combat barrels. High quality stuff and their barrel (in a WC slide) only required bushing barrel fitting the one and only time I've installed a new barrel.

Probably best to have a gun smith do it unless you've got some experience doing things like that. There are several measurements besides barrel/bushing that need to be checked.

Jerry Kuhnhausen has some excellent books on 1911 repairs. Highly recommended!
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Bar Stol or Wilson will set your back about $300 not counting smith work. OUCH. I'd call Ruger and tell them what happened and see what they charge. Don't say it was factory ammo. They have seen this happen to many times to know what happened. I cracked the frame on a Glock ( GLOCK) and they charged me $40 for a new frame. It was my fault and I told them I was using reloads. I thought I had a $550 paper weight.
I would have to check but the barrel I bought from WC a couple of years ago I think was under $150 and the bushing wasn't badly priced, either. And I got the match drop in, too.

Edit: I just checked the WC site. They've gone up to $189, but that is a high quality barrel - better than the stock SR1911 barrel.

http://shopwilsoncombat.com/Drop-In-...oductinfo/33D/


Edit 2: They haven't gone up. The price includes the bushing now.

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To replace a 1911 barrel, you need to replace the bushing as well. They have to be fitted to one another. Check out Wilson Combat barrels. High quality stuff and their barrel (in a WC slide) only required bushing barrel fitting the one and only time I've installed a new barrel.
The Wilson Barrel is a good idea. Saying that, the video showing the manufacture of the SR1911 reported the Ruger barrel and bushing were made together. However, it might be wrong they are "fitted".
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The Wilson Barrel is a good idea. Saying that, the video showing the manufacture of the SR1911 reported the Ruger barrel and bushing were made together. However, it might be wrong they are "fitted".
I almost mentioned that about SR1911 barrel/bushings. They are each made from the same stock and are fitted, as well.

I don't know for sure, but the WC barrel/bushing set may be the same way.
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If you buy the Wilson kit with the bushing, they are fitted.

I used a Briley bushing on my Commander that had a spherical ring in it, that thing was neat and very accurate. I'd certainly use one again.
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SR1911 replacement barrel

I'm resurrecting this old thread to give props to Ruger customer service. I've been sitting on this swollen barrel problem since March. I was waiting to save for the Wilson barrel (plus gunsmith labor). Friday, just to get a price, I decided to call Ruger. the Service Rep., (Josh D.) asked me what happened and what ammo I used. Wasn't going to lie, (these guys ain't stupid) I said "my own reloads". He put me on hold then came back and told me not too many guys are honest when they call. He emailed me a prepaid shipping label and said they'd fit a new barrel free of charge. I'm not sure if there are many other companies that would go above and beyond like this. BTW I bought the sr1911 used and told him so.
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