do you always polish the feed ramp on a new gun?

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    do you always polish the feed ramp on a new gun?

    is it a good idea to polish the feed ramp on a new gun before shooting,to insure good reliabilty? how many actually do this? i've seen people that polished the feed ramp on bran new Glocks..is this really necessary to ensure the gun will feed properly?
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    I've never polished the feed ramp on a new one, but I do give a new one a very thorough cleaning before firing it.
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    I polish it with alot af rounds down range ; )
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    The ramp should be polished at the factory during manufacture. It's a known issue in many feeding problems and there is no excuse, except building a "cheap" firearm and cost cutting, not to do so.

    On a sidenote, I took my surplus CZ-82 to a chest-thumping, nothing-but-1911s gunsmith who asked if I polished its ramp. I told him, "No, it was done when made at the factory, like all high quality guns should be." I guess ramp polishing is a big source of income for him, as he didn't appreciate my comment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crue2009 View Post
    is it a good idea to polish the feed ramp on a new gun before shooting it,to insure good reliabilty? how many actually do this? i've seen many people actually polish the feed ramp on Glocks..is this a must to ensure the gun will feed properly?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GM View Post
    Never.
    You know, that's an interesting point and one I didn't consider until you pointed it out: I've never polished a feed ramp. I clean it up and wipe it down, but I've never polished any one of mine.
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    This reminds me of what Julia Child said about mushrooms: "do I wash them? yes, but only if they are dirty".

    I had a feed ramp polished after recurring feed problems with an un-named gun. Unfortunately it did not solve the problem.

    I would have this done if it is indicated somehow.

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    No need to, just put some rounds through her and clean when done. Simple as that.
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    Feed ramp polishing is overdone, imo.

    Most feeding problems are related to other things.

    You can damage a gun by polishing the feedramp incorrectly.

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    A 1911 barely uses the frame feed ramp at all during the feed cycle.
    It acts more like a cam to lever the bullet nose upward rather than functioning like a ramp.
    Leave it alone.

    On a 1911 if you feel like you must do something then use a hard felt bob loaded with fine polishing compound like Jewelers Rouge on a Dremel Moto-Tool and buff the barrel chamber opening barrel chamber mouth and barrel ramp plus the chamber roof & the underside of the barrel hood.
    That actually accomplishes something but, don't overdo it. Less is more.

    The rule of thumb though with regard to any alterations to the 1911 frame should be....if it ain't broke - don't fix it.

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    I polish them....not right away. Usually if I feel the round actually going up the ramp...kind of a griddy action...those are the time a give a light polish. What do ya know? The gun cycles smoother than it did from the factory. THough I haven't touched the Glock....don't need to on that one....but my RIA and my Metro Arms 1911's I polished them..did I need to...not really ...... now they feed slicker than snot on a glass door knob.

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    I think this falls under "If it's not broke, don't fix it."
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    I will use a felt bob with compound as mentioned, or 1,000 grit paper if there is a tool mark picking up too much cooper and just "smooth" it out. I don't/won't change the conour.
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    I've puut 3000 or so rounds through my M&P .40c and never polished the feed ramp. I just give it a wipe like everything else.
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