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This is a discussion on Does Ruger still service old model Vaqueros? within the Ruger Single Action forums, part of the Pistol & Revolver Forum category; I have been watching this thread with great interest, because my Birdshead Vaquero has very tight B/C gap. My feeler gauge only goes to .002 ...


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Old February 28th, 2017, 09:50 AM   #16
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I have been watching this thread with great interest, because my Birdshead Vaquero has very tight B/C gap. My feeler gauge only goes to .002 - and that gauge won't go into the gap. I bought it used at a fairly good price - and it hasn't had any binding with the two cylinder's of jacketed ammo I have fired... I have nothing but praise for the mothership regarding sending something back to them. They went above and beyond with my SP101WC that I sent back last year ...



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Old February 28th, 2017, 12:24 PM   #17
 
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Just means the end of the barrel isn't square. You had about 2 minutes with a couple of strokes from a file and it's fixed vs. 2 weeks w/o the gun.
Ya but BOY would I have cried when I slipped with the file and buggered something up

Two weeks is no big deal when I know if will be done correctly. Plus, I've got plenty of other Rugers to keep me company in the meantime.
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Ya but BOY would I have cried when I slipped with the file and buggered something up

Two weeks is no big deal when I know if will be done correctly. Plus, I've got plenty of other Rugers to keep me company in the meantime.
Yep. And if they bugger up the job, then it's on Ruger to make it good. If you get it wrong, then maybe they won't.
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It makes no sense to me to file the barrel if only two cylinders rub. Though I am sure it would increase the tolerance and mask the real problem. Possibly at the expense of gap issue.

I'd suspect the base pin. You should be able to roll the base pin on a flat surface and see if it's bent. A plate of glass will work. If it's too slight for detection from the naked eye, the normal tolerance for the parts should be enough to prevent a problem.

I'd also measure the cylinder at multiple locations to see if it is longer on one side than the other. It's hard to imagine, but I suppose it's possible. You would think there would have been noticeable uneven wear on the front of the cylinder if it left the factory this way.
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It makes no sense to me to file the barrel if only two cylinders rub. Though I am sure it would increase the tolerance and mask the real problem. Possibly at the expense of gap issue.

I'd suspect the base pin. You should be able to roll the base pin on a flat surface and see if it's bent. A plate of glass will work. If it's too slight for detection from the naked eye, the normal tolerance for the parts should be enough to prevent a problem.

I'd also measure the cylinder at multiple locations to see if it is longer on one side than the other. It's hard to imagine, but I suppose it's possible. You would think there would have been noticeable uneven wear on the front of the cylinder if it left the factory this way.
You didn't read the whole thread, especially post #14.
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Can't wait to get her back from Ruger. Hoping to hear something this week.

In the meantime I "accidentally" ordered a custom made cross draw holster and belt rig for it from a local leather guy and SASS shooter.
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I had a similar problem with a SBH. There was a burr on the cylinder on the gearing (?) where the hand goes. A small touchup with a file and all was happy.
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**UPDATE**

I got it back tonight. Cylinder dragging issue has been resolved. The note accompanying revolver says simply "Adjusted BC gap". Not very descriptive but I guess that's all the information I'm going to get.

BC gap is much more square now and the cylinder does not drag across it. That's what really matters anyways.

Almost looks as if it was rebarreled but I can not confirm this theory. Barrel was very clean before and is very very clean now. The bore looks almost virginal. Who knows though? All I care is if it still shoots to point of aim. A range trip will be in order soon to check.

One thing I did notice was an unexpected boon. They replaced the ejector rod housing. The old one was a black painted piece, the new one is blued steel and matches the barrel. Very nice, thank you Ruger.
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**UPDATE**

I got it back tonight. Cylinder dragging issue has been resolved. The note accompanying revolver says simply "Adjusted BC gap". Not very descriptive but I guess that's all the information I'm going to get.

BC gap is much more square now and the cylinder does not drag across it. That's what really matters anyways.

Almost looks as if it was rebarreled but I can not confirm this theory. Barrel was very clean before and is very very clean now. The bore looks almost virginal. Who knows though? All I care is if it still shoots to point of aim. A range trip will be in order soon to check.

One thing I did notice was an unexpected boon. They replaced the ejector rod housing. The old one was a black painted piece, the new one is blued steel and matches the barrel. Very nice, thank you Ruger.
Always like a happy ending and the new parts are a nice bonus. Ruger CS is the best in the business.
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**UPDATE**

I got it back tonight. Cylinder dragging issue has been resolved. The note accompanying revolver says simply "Adjusted BC gap". Not very descriptive but I guess that's all the information I'm going to get.

BC gap is much more square now and the cylinder does not drag across it. That's what really matters anyways.
Great news but not surprising. You chose the correct solution for you. Not much more could be said besides "Adjusted BC gap". That was the entire problem.

Plus you got a $30 steel ejector rod housing besides correction of the problem. Was the alloy housing returned to you?
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Plus you got a $30 steel ejector rod housing besides correction of the problem. Was the alloy housing returned to you?
Nope, and they can keep it. This new one looks sweet
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