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Old January 22nd, 2020, 07:30 AM   #1
 
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New Redhawk 357 died.....

I gave the wife a new Redhawk 357 8 shot in the 4.2 barrel for her new bedside piece. We both loved it out of the box, and worked great up to around 115 rounds, then started acting up as in no trigger pull or the ability to pull the hammer back. If I opened the cylinder up and closed, it would be fine for a few rounds, then lock up again. I then removed all the rounds and worked the hammer while opening and closing the cylinder until the problem became 100%. I brought it back to my dealer who is also a gunsmith. He had never heard of this issue before and did the normal inspecting without any real disassembly other than the grips. We both agreed we should not do any exploratory surgery and return it to Ruger. They provided a free shipping label, and now the wait. Has anyone ever heard of an issue like this? Thanks in advance!



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Old January 22nd, 2020, 07:33 AM   #2
 
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Never heard of this issue before...But fear not !!!
Ruger will make it right.
Their customer service is excellent.


Happy Shootin!
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I had a SP101 that acted up only after 50 or so rounds. Couldnít pull the trigger nor could I pull the hammer back. Mine, however, was 20 years old. Ruger replaced several parts and the lock up problem was resolved. Itís a tad sluggish at 50+ rounds now but continues to function fine and doesnít lock up.
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As I read there seems there is quit a few problems with Rugers newer guns these days. I'm sure Ruger will fix these problem. But could it be their quality control is sliping?
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Just from reading the casual description of the revolver "locking up" after firing a series of rounds, it sounds as though the cylinder is binding when it's expanded from heat. Excessive endshake, perhaps?

Concur in flying the item back to the motherhship...

Let us know what the final report turns out to be.

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I'm hoping I get a description of what the problem was and what was replaced, but I have never had to do something like this, so it's all the new learning experience. I'm really hoping quality control is not going down the toilet
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Just from reading the casual description of the revolver "locking up" after firing a series of rounds, it sounds as though the cylinder is binding when it's expanded from heat. Excessive endshake, perhaps?

Concur in flying the item back to the motherhship...

Let us know what the final report turns out to be.

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So I ran 100 rounds thru it without an issue, then came out a couple of days later when the problem came up. On the third load when it first started acting up
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A GP100's cylinder will bind if the extractor is "over" lubricated; not sure if a Redhawk will do the same or not...
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My SP101 will bind if it gets a speck of dirt under the ejector. My manual says to keep ejector and ejector rod dry.

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I had something like that happen with a 45 Colt Redhawk, sent it back----it was the pawl.
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I had my GP100 cylinder give me problems once... mustíve been too much lube on the extractor as well. Wiped it dry and have never had another problem.
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Did you clean the face of the cylinder and the rear of the barrel shank? Carbon buildup will bind you up tight. Many ammos are "dirty" powder loaded and a tight barrel/ cylinder gap will bind them up with crud on the face of the cylinder. Revolver 101.
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Did you clean the face of the cylinder and the rear of the barrel shank? Carbon buildup will bind you up tight. Many ammos are "dirty" powder loaded and a tight barrel/ cylinder gap will bind them up with crud on the face of the cylinder. Revolver 101.
No I did not, but there were no signs of any kind of carbon or other kinds of crud. It was cleaned and oiled just incase after I brought it back to my gunsmith, he believed there was an internal failure and made the decision to send it back to Ruger. I agreed
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Your gun is in experienced hands! I have no doubt that these days, Ruger's warranty repair technicians are quite a bit more experienced at fixing relatively new guns with low round count, than say their Gunsmiths were 20 years ago... Please let us know how you make out.

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Your gun is in experienced hands! I have no doubt that these days, Ruger's warranty repair technicians are quite a bit more experienced at fixing relatively new guns with low round count, than say their Gunsmiths were 20 years ago... Please let us know how you make out.

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Really hoping I get some sort of report of what failed and the parts replaced. If not, I'll call....... For sure I'll share here when I know something
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