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Old May 12th, 2017, 11:36 AM   #16
 
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I'll tear the gun down and clean it completely to see if that has any effect. So far it hasn't been fired, so I'm thinking maybe it is some type of reaction by some left over lubricant used in the milling process. All I've done to it so far is take the slide off to learn how to do it, wipe it down and put some BreakFree on the slide rails and chamber block



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Fungi or mold, interesting to see you have one of the LCP's made in North Carolina.
I've been through the Newport plants for both Ruger and Pine Tree Castings. Very interesting watching guns be made from scrap metal and plastic chunks all the way to completion. The North Carolina and Missouri plants are new and I didn't know about them.
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Just out of curiosity what are you using for lubricant on it? Almost looks like terminals on an old battery.
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Just out of curiosity what are you using for lubricant on it? Almost looks like terminals on an old battery.
I haven't shot it yet and used BreakFree only on the slide rails and top of the chamber block the one time I took the slide off. It looks very much like a battery leak but it comes off much easier.
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If that slide has a hot blue finish, the factory may have failed to get all the bluing salts out of the slot for the extractor and those are bluing salts that are bleeding out. Tear the gun down and clean that area real good and that should take care of the problem if it is bluing salts. I have seen this problem on prior occasions with hot bluing salts.

I just now enlarged your photo and that does appear to be bluing salts bleeding out from the rear of the extractor slot. You will have to remove the extractor and it's spring and get in there with a toothbrush and cleaning solvent and brush it out. apply light coat of oil and reassemble the parts. You will probably find the extractor spring hole has a white crust on it also.

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If that slide has a hot blue finish, the factory may have failed to get all the bluing salts out of the slot for the extractor and those are bluing salts that are bleeding out. Tear the gun down and clean that area real good and that should take care of the problem if it is bluing salts. I have seen this problem on prior occasions with hot bluing salts.

I just now enlarged your photo and that does appear to be bluing salts bleeding out from the rear of the extractor slot. You will have to remove the extractor and it's spring and get in there with a toothbrush and cleaning solvent and brush it out. apply light coat of oil and reassemble the parts. You will probably find the extractor spring hole has a white crust on it also.
Sounds logical. Tonight's project for sure. Thanks.
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Why not give Ruger North Carolina plant a call.
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Why not give Ruger North Carolina plant a call.
After I give it a good cleaning if the issue is still there, calling Ruger will be my next step
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Yeah I agree. That's definitely a salt deposit spilling over from inside the extractor/ejection port

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My .02
1. call Ruger, send them the picture, and ask about the salts issue (is it safe to remove, any damage to the gun?, etc). If they say it's safe to clean and will have no affect on the gun long term, then 2...
2. if you bought it from a dealer who can do an ultrasonic cleaning, ask if they'll do that for free since it's a new gun
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I dissected the slide last night and when I pulled the extractor plunger and spring out, they were coated with what looked like wet flour. I gave the slide and all of the parts an alcohol bath, lubed them up good and put everything back together, with no extra parts left over. So far today, everything is still clean and shiny. No evidence of any "huncuss in the bungcuss" . Fingers crossed that all will be well now, but if the crud reappears, a call to Ruger will be made. Thank you all for your ideas and suggestions.
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I have seen the salts from hot bluing leach out in a whitish residue if not properly neutralized , the salts will " bleed out" of a joint not properly neutralized......I wonder if this is some sort of similar thing.
I live in Louisiana also, we do get a lot of rain, 30 inches fell in 24 hours last August, but I've seen fungus grow on metal....leather , wood , sheet rock , between my toes ..yes ! but not usually on metal !
Keep cleaning and flushing the area with whatever you have , try WD40 , bore solvent , penetrating oil .
I'm not sure what chemical is used to neutralize these salts, but if it persists check with Brownells.
I honestly think this is some type of chemical reaction going on .
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Yes Gary, this was a new one on me too. I gave the slide a good bath last night and all seems good so far. With that much rain last August, you must be in the south of the state. I'm up in Caddo. We usually just get flooded out by what goes on north of us. Thanks for the reply. Be well. Laissez les bon temps rouler!
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I would be interested to see if this problem Surface's again with other NC LCP's. (no pun intended)

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