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This is a discussion on I'm your (mini) Huckleberry. within the Ruger Single Action forums, part of the Pistol & Revolver Forum category; Originally Posted by mikemild13 I see you got them! Meant to follow up earlier. Man, do those look great! Too bad with the spring issues. ...


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Old November 3rd, 2019, 08:06 PM   #16
 
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I see you got them! Meant to follow up earlier. Man, do those look great! Too bad with the spring issues.
I like them. It's disappointing that the plow handle Bearcat doesn't like the lighter springs...all of my other Ruger single action revolvers are fine with the lighter springs. I will make the plow handle work with a lighter spring, just don't know how yet..other than trying to smooth out the action from use.

I'm sure some "action work" would speed up the process, but I'm not experienced with doing that myself, and it's not a big enough deal for me to have a gunsmith take care of it...at the moment. Maybe I'll find a gunsmith to take care of it, I'm sure it would be an easy thing for a good gunsmith to take care of.



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Old November 3rd, 2019, 08:11 PM   #17
 
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One thing I did notice with the plow handle, the cylinder moves forward and backward a lot more than it probably should...that likely has an effect on the light strikes. Before I send it back to Ruger, I'm going to try it with the 23# factory spring. Maybe after work tomorrow, the range is only a few miles from the house.
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There's plenty of videos showing the tear down. But I totally understand not feeling comfortable doing it yourself. The small cost of a good gunsmith can sometimes save a lot due to rework.

Cylinder movement doesn't sound very good. Did you check the gap to see what the max is?
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There's plenty of videos showing the tear down. But I totally understand not feeling comfortable doing it yourself. The small cost of a good gunsmith can sometimes save a lot due to rework.

Cylinder movement doesn't sound very good. Did you check the gap to see what the max is?
I'm not worried about tear down of any of my guns; I had to completely disassemble and reassemble my New Vaquero to swap in the SBH hammer, and change the springs.

The plow handle cylinder max gap between cylinder and forcing cone is .007", and minimum gap is .000", it slides all the way (I know it's only .007") forward until the cylinder face is against the forcing cone.

The birdshead has a max gap of .007", and a minimum gap of .007", kind of surprised it doesn't even slide 1/1000th of an inch, but the cylinder rotates freely.
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I haven't made it back to the range to test it with the original spring. My wife called me yesterday while I was at work with an emergency at our barbershop...the clocks were not adjusted from daylight savings time...and she said she couldn't reach them. LOL, to be fair, my wife is only 5' 1", and I'm 6' 3", so that took priority after work. Then I was just famished from that service call, and sat down for a beer when I got home...today, I kind of forgot about it.

I will make it back to the range in the next few days and post a follow up.
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I should have noted, the clearance measurements were taken with the loading gates closed, hammers forward, and transfer bars "down".

I'm a little curious what the measurements would be with hammers cocked, but "in the hand" the cylinder movement feels the same...my touch could be out of calibration by 1/1000th...I've had a beer. (for the safety folks, no ammo has been touched, let alone loaded)
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Sorry, I must have misread something or I wouldn't have commented on tearing it down. The movement does seem a little odd. There was a post recently about Wranglers and someone had mentioned a similar issue on theirs and a discussion ensued. Tried finding it again but admit to not searching too long.

You gave me a good chuckle about the clock emergency and picturing you using feeler gauges when drinking!
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Sorry, I must have misread something or I wouldn't have commented on tearing it down. The movement does seem a little odd. There was a post recently about Wranglers and someone had mentioned a similar issue on theirs and a discussion ensued. Tried finding it again but admit to not searching too long.

You gave me a good chuckle about the clock emergency and picturing you using feeler gauges when drinking!
No worries, I never dismiss any suggestions or advice.

The clock phone call was pretty fun in real life too. I was only a couple beers in when I got the feeler gauge out.
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Finally made it back to the range again to test out the 4.2" plow handle with the factory spring...no good. It only fired on two chambers, tried two cylinders full of different ammo, the same two chambers fired both times, but not the first time around for those two chambers. It's going to need to get sent back to Ruger, unfortunately.
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That really sucks. I sure hope they can make it right.
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That really sucks. I sure hope they can make it right.
I've only heard good things about Ruger's customer service and customer support.

I have to send it back through my FFL, which is fine, I bought it though them to begin with...just need an RMA and drop it back off at the LGS which is also my FFL. Inconvenient that I got a got a new Ruger that doesn't function 100%, I have a bunch of Rugers, this is the first one that disappointed me, but I'm sure they will make it right.
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Great looking guns and I am sure Ruger will make it right. Thanks for sharing
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I've only heard good things about Ruger's customer service and customer support.

I have to send it back through my FFL, which is fine, I bought it though them to begin with...just need an RMA and drop it back off at the LGS which is also my FFL. Inconvenient that I got a got a new Ruger that doesn't function 100%, I have a bunch of Rugers, this is the first one that disappointed me, but I'm sure they will make it right.
I've heard good things about their customer service, also. Please let us all know how it goes, and if they tell you what caused the issue. I, for one, am very curious as to what happened to this one. The good news is that Shopkeeper seems to be working just fine!
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really like my Shopkeeper... shame about your 0913...

recently found a 0912 for 60% off retail... it had been languishing under the counter for six years at a LGS...

both my Bearcats are fun rimfires... very relaxing, yet challenging to shoot well:



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Sounds like a great deal on that 0912. Both are good looking guns.
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