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This is a discussion on SP101 .22LR spitting lead! within the Ruger Double Action forums, part of the Pistol & Revolver Forum category; I have my SP101 insides polished, shimmed and resprung, and I like the way it shoots now! BUT, at the range yesterday I shot 300 ...


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Old April 9th, 2017, 10:45 AM   #1
 
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SP101 .22LR spitting lead!

I have my SP101 insides polished, shimmed and resprung, and I like the way it shoots now!
BUT, at the range yesterday I shot 300 rounds of Winchester 555 bulk, 36 grain copper plated.
I noticed from time to time I got hit with lead shavings!
The cylinder gap is .008.
Is this anything to be concerned about??



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Old April 9th, 2017, 11:34 AM   #2
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One thing you could do is check the burn rings on the front of the cylinder - it should be pretty apparent if you are out-of-tolerance as far as chamber/barrel alignment. Ruger considers .008 to be in-tolerance for B/C gap. My LCR-22 has the same size gap but I haven't noticed any spitting issues. If the burn rings look OK - you could shim up a .22 cleaning rod (well, that's how I do it!) with tape to make a kinda-sorta ranging rod. In over 40 years of owning Rugers, I have only seen one that was off (by more than a few thousandths) as far as chamber/barrel alignment. That was a .357 Blackhawk that was off far enough to be dangerous...

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If i'm not mistaken .008" B/C gap is right on the threshold of what Ruger considers acceptable. If you don't mind parting company with your SP for a few weeks you could get an RMA and see what Ruger does with it....
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If i'm not mistaken .008" B/C gap is right on the threshold of what Ruger considers acceptable. If you don't mind parting company with your SP for a few weeks you could get an RMA and see what Ruger does with it....
If I send it back to Ruger, I think I should remove the shims and
Wolff springs. I have heard Ruger with replace with originals if you don't. I can put them back when returned.
But, would they replace the polished trigger group and hammer??
I think I would rather put up with some lead shavings once and awhile than lose the work I've put into it!
Anyone have this experience?
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I just emailed a service request to Ruger. I will pull my goodies out and put the original grips back on if they say to send it in!
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I have no personal experience but from my understanding Ruger will replace any alterations with the factory spec'd replacements. It's a liability issue for them if they do not.
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