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This is a discussion on New LCR 9mm Not Extracting Rounds within the Ruger Double Action forums, part of the Pistol & Revolver Forum category; I'm still experiencing difficult extraction after sending mine in. The Ruger service I experienced bordered on the inane. I remain convinced that the platform (9mm ...


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Old May 5th, 2015, 05:46 AM   #16
 
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I'm still experiencing difficult extraction after sending mine in. The Ruger service I experienced bordered on the inane. I remain convinced that the platform (9mm revolver) is viable.

So I'll keep the gun but it's not returning to Ruger service.

I'm going to correct this myself, likely measuring and fine polishing the cylinder bores to correct dimensions. If this voids a warranty that's proven to be of no value, no loss in my mind.

I hope you have better luck.



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Old May 5th, 2015, 07:03 AM   #17
 
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Homesteader, that is discouraging news. If I still have the same extraction issues when my gun comes back, which I suspect will be the case, I will send it back to Ruger and ask for a .38 in exchange. I don't have the necessary skills to do what you plan doing.

I Will post again after the gun is back and I have gone to the range with it. Hopefully, I will have better luck then you had with Ruger Service. If they replace the cylinder, maybe that will solve the problem.

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Old May 5th, 2015, 04:45 PM   #18
 
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I was one of the individuals who had Ruger switch out my LCR 9mm for the LCR 38 special. I couldn't be happier about making that decision. I have had zero problems with the 38 and I love the lighter weight. No regrets here. Much better gun than the 9mm function and accuracy wise. I think most on this forum would think it was a bad move, but I have to say that "reliability is paramount" and the 38 special does just that without a doubt plus it's much more accurate. My LCR9mm had sticking cases so bad and at one point I had to hit the extractor rod on a table to eject and extract the cases, that's nuts. The barrel was .357 and not .355 as a 9mm should be. The gun was way out of time, shaving jackets, hitting me in the face, no thanks. The 38 special is awesome! I hope you read some of the older posts on these LCR9mm prior to purchase. I can't comment on the .357 model but the 38 and my 22 mag are outstanding guns. Good Luck!
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Found something

I found a metal chip at the the cylinder cutout for the extractor star. Its about .020" square and a few thousandths thick. It's still hinged to the cylinder after I scraped it off the edge of the cylinder wall. It is seen just left of the star point at the bottom cylinder. I'll flip it off and check the cylinder fit again. Initially I ignored the chip as it appeared to be simply a spot where the black finish had worn away and brite metal was shining through. I do recall cleaning up several loose machining chips around the extractor star cutout on the cylinder when I cleaned before its first range test.

OK, destroyed the evidence, chip is gone (a slight telltale rub mark beneath it remains) and fired brass drops in smoothly equal to the other cylinders and extracts easily with a thumbnail like the others.

I think this was it. Proof will be in the range test.
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I'm optimistic

50 rounds tonite, hot loads stiff but still extract OK. It might be a keeper.
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Good luck. Hope it stays that way.
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Old May 7th, 2015, 02:52 PM   #22
 
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cocojo - Was it much of a hassle getting Ruger to swap out? My LCR 9mm is on its way back to them, with pretty similar issues. I'm not a big fan of debris hitting me in the face either. I suggested a trade like yours in my note to them (didn't specifically mention you, of course), but I'm sure they'll send me my 9 back "up to factory specs" first. Didn't you have to send yours back twice? I'm not happy with the whole deal, as I liked shooting the gun, but I'm not sure I'd trust it again, after experiencing every issue listed in connection with this model, all in under 200 rounds. jero
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Trading an LCR 9mm for a 38 version doesn't sound like a good deal to me.

The 9mm list price in about $70 higher.

At least ask for a 357 mag version or something else of the same price.

My Lcr 9mm went back for an extractor issue but is now great.

I'm keeping it.
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Actually, I was thinking more of the "x" model with exposed hammer, which seems priced locally about the same as the 9mm. A .357 would be a great option if it was available to me, assuming Ruger even says yes to a swap. I like the heavier frame, won't be using it for concealed carry, just home defense. Thanks, jero
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Ok, here is the range report on my LCR 9mm just back from Ruger.

I put 70 rounds through it, including Blazer Brass FMJ 124gr., Sellier & Bellot FMJ 115r., Perfecta FMJ 115 gr., Federal FMJ 115 gr., and Federal Premium HST 124 gr. +P JHP.

First, the cylinder screw did not back out, which was one of the problems I had, so that was fixed.

Second, I had no failures to extract, no brass sticking to the cylinders, which was another problem I had, so although the gunsmith report that came back with the gun made no mention of it, it is apparently no longer an issue.

And I used 9 different moon clips rotating among them as I shot.

Lastly, the gun was very accurate. It had been shooting several inches high and is now shooting pretty much to POA. Interestingly, the gun was most accurate with the Blazer Brass, which was what they used at Ruger to test fire the gun.

I did have two crimp jumps over the 70 rounds, both of which happened while I was using the Federal FMJ, which happens to be very old ammo.(don't know if that would make a difference)

All the other ammo ran perfectly.

But, what I noticed was a pile up of powder on the table I was shooting in back of. No powder jumping back at me or on me, only on the table.

Is this normal, or do I have another issue for Ruger?

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Powder on the table

If it's powder from your barrel I'd suggest it's from bullet(s) that jumped crimp. A round that's moved apart can really reduce combustion efficiency and the unburned powder flies out the barrel.

Stick with the ammo that worked and we'll hope for the best, it sounds like you're well on your way.

Also, I'm convinced that the warranty repair arms of Ruger and Smith & Wesson don't tell the entire story of what goes on. In my case there was no mention of changing the front sight, nor was there any explaination of what else took place other than a vague indication.

Good luck.
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I only had two bullets that crimp jumped and jammed the cylinder. It seemed like I had more powder on the table then would have escaped from just those two crimp jumps.

I guess I will see what happens next time I go to the range.
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It's a short barrel. All the powder may not be burning completely. I doubt it is a gun issue. One brand of 9mm, I think it was the 115gr Blazer Aluminum, would always leave little yellow specks of powder on everything when I'd shoot it. Even from a 5" Beretta.
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Other then the powder, I am very pleased with how the gun performed today. If it is, in fact, only an ammo issue, the I feel that, at this point, I am good to go.
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LCR 9 mm extractor problems

New LCR 9mm had extractor problem at first test fire at range. Used multiple ammo, brass, and various FMJ which didn't seem to make a difference. Contacted Ruger, sent to Ruger. Extractor bushing was replaced and test fired ok. Returned from the range today, was fine for 30 rounds then started same problem, having to use the bench to help extract the rounds with the moon clip.
Will be contacting Ruger again, but after reading this forum, this seems like an ongoing problem inherent in this model. I live in California and exchanging the model say for a 38 special may be difficult? Any ideas would be welcome.
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