Service life of an alloy colt D-frame?

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    Service life of an alloy colt D-frame?

    I was wondering if anyone here know the service life of the alloy colt D-frames like the cobra and agent,assuming only standard pressure ammo is used? Has anyone here ever worn out one of these guns? I have a cobra and an agent that I HAVE ONLY SHOT STANDARD PRESSURE AMMO IN. But how can one tell if one of these guns has had a steady diet of off limits +p ammo by a previous owner? what does one look for are there any tell tale signs to spot this?

    Now to be honest I haven't shot my cobra or agent much since I've owned them,but is this even something I should be worried about being I don't shoot them a lot and only use non +P ammo in them? I wanted to begin shooting both on a regular basis and am concerned about wearing them out.

    I hope you guys don't think I'm strange asking this but I feel its a valid question being one of these guns is from '72 and the other is from '68. This all occurred to me because a guy brought a cobra into my local shop for repair and the frame had cracked right under the barrel and the barrel was crooked,he freely admitted feeding the gun a steady diet of corbon and the like. It was an unshrouded barrel model FWIW.

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    Now to be honest I haven't shot my cobra or agent much since I've owned them,but is this even something I should be worried about being I don't shoot them a lot and only use non +P ammo in them? I wanted to begin shooting both on a regular basis and am concerned about wearing them out.
    I wouldn't be concerned about wearing out your Colts. Given proper care and maintenance and a diet of standard pressure ammo, your grandchildren will still be shooting them long after you're gone.


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    What the good Captain says.

    I have to wonder if the cracked Cobra didn't in fact suffer from a diet of over-max hand loads no matter what was claimed. It for certain that he didn't get it repaired.

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    While I am certainly no gunsmith by any stretch of the imagination, I always check the frame for any cracks as that would be the first clue of damage from a steady diet of +P's. Another area I then check for is excessive cylinder play, any end to to end shake or sloppiness in lock up when the hammer is cocked. I do this to check for possible frame stretching, although to be honest with you I have never encountered this myself. Lastly, I then test fire the revolver to check for bullet shaving deposits and cylinder timing. If all goes well I feel confident enough to trust the gun, if not, then a trip to a competent gunsmith becomes mandatory.
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    Another area to look at is the alignment of the crane. Any noticeable gap between the crane & the frame when the cylinder is closed is not good!


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    And the women come out to cut up what remains,
    Just roll to your rifle and blow out your brains,
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    I don't have any play in my gun's cylinder has no play and the up at the crane in solid.

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    Then you're good to go!


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    And the women come out to cut up what remains,
    Just roll to your rifle and blow out your brains,
    And go to your God like a soldier.

    Rudyard Kipling


    Terry

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