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Old July 23rd, 2012, 10:34 AM   #1
 
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Cylinder scratch

I hate the line that forms as the cylinder rotates accross the locking tab on my KRH-444! I'm thinking of polishing it after every session so it doesn't get too deep...
Does this diminish the value of the weapon? Does anyone else obsess about this, or am I the only nut?

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Old July 23rd, 2012, 11:20 AM   #2
 
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The rotation line or "bolt drag mark" is a perfectly normal part of DA revolver operation.

Since DA revolvers were invented, people have been trying to stop the drag mark with measures as "Low tech" as taping the cylinder between the bolt stop notches, to using drops of oil on them each time the cylinder is loaded...........to as drastic as actually adjusting the timing of the bolt stop so that it drops into the stop slot without dragging......but if this isn't done just right, it could make the gun unsafe to fire.

A lot of obsessing over nothing, in my opinion. I collect shooters and I don't worry about things like this. The only way to not get a turn line, is to buy a NIB revolver and never shoot it. Polishing the cylinder to get rid of turn lines won't keep them from coming back.

Single Action revolvers are normally less prone to turn lines but they still can get them. There's no way around it.

People obsess about stuff like turn lines, you're certainly not alone. People also worry about flame cutting, too which is pretty much a non-issue.

But, with all this worrying about a small line on the cylinder, there's also wear marks on the hammer, trigger, and other small parts. Wear marks and turn lines normally reach a point where they reach the "break in" point and then won't get any worse. I have revolvers with 10's of thousands of rounds through them, and the turn line is no worse than revolvers that have a few hundred rounds. The new S&W's are notorious for having deep cylinder drag marks.

Each time you fire the gun, maybe a .0000001" of steel is worn out of the bore Life is too short to worry about this stuff, just shoot and have fun!
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You can reduce the scoring when closing the cylinder in the frame by rotating the cylinder by hand until it clicks to make sure you have a chamber lined up behind the barrel BEFORE you cock the hammer. Now and then you even get lucky when closing the cylinder by having a chamber already in place.
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You can reduce the scoring when closing the cylinder in the frame by rotating the cylinder by hand until it clicks to make sure you have a chamber lined up behind the barrel BEFORE you cock the hammer. Now and then you even get lucky when closing the cylinder by having a chamber already in place.
That will help, that's something I've always done. It's cosmetic and won't hurt anything.
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Old July 23rd, 2012, 01:25 PM   #5
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What you are seeing is the Ruger ring, they all have it to some extent,if it bothers you, after each use clean the weopen and use a black marker pen to cover the mark,of course you will have to do this every time you use it.
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Irrational obsessive compulsiveness, IMO. It's a gun - you use it, it gets marks on it. Fact of life.
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This is one of my very favorite handguns, a well used 6" blue GP100........it has a turn line that is very well "worn" and this gun has seen thousands and thousands of rounds. It's like a well used baseball glove..........I love it and the gun will still last the rest of my lifetime!
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If it really bothers you that much, just leave it in the safe and never shoot it again...
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Its like the black cylinder face, it bothers you at first, but its part of the gun, its a revolver, its a dirty beast, nature of the gun.
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I'm wierd, I think the burn rings on a stainless cylinder face are a beautiful thing
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I'm wierd, I think the burn rings on a stainless cylinder face are a beautiful thing
Well, yes you are but I have a stainless SP 101 and I actually like the looks of that too.
However in my case I am not weird.
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I don't think that it is weired to like the burn marks and cylinder line on a SP101. My SP101 stainless in 327 has them and I think they are beautiful.
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I view the line as if it were a scar after combat! It's an honor mark! All my revolvers have one!
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Both my Ruger Security six and Smith-Wesson 617 have it, as a matter of fact I can't recall that I've ever seen a revolver that didn't have it??
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Just think of it as a beauty mark.
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