This is a discussion on Loose grip within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I replaced the godawful factory grips on my Ruger SP101 with Hogue wooden combat style grips. Then I took it out for a test drive ...
September 6th, 2013 10:25 AM
I replaced the godawful factory grips on my Ruger SP101 with Hogue wooden combat style grips. Then I took it out for a test drive at the range. After around twenty rounds of 130 gr .38 Special, I noticed that the grips were no longer tight. The installation instructions specifically said to tighten the screw on the but 'snugly', cautioning about overtightening. I was wondering if I should have daubed a dab of Loctite on the screw, however. Anyone else have this problem with Hogue wooden combat grips? And has anyone else solved it with Loctite?
September 6th, 2013 10:55 AM
In the past I have normally replaced the SP101 grips with Hogue's rubber version, as I tend to use magnum loads in snubs. To date I have never had an issue but that's not to say it couldn't happen. I tighten my Hogue's down pretty tight, I just don't overdo it. The primary issue with using Loctite in my mind would be potentially damaging the mounting device that comes with all their grips. Plus it will likely make getting the grip off very difficult in the future, as you very well know. It's possible that your mounting device may some threading issues that are causing the screw to back out under recoil. I would call Hogue and ask them to help you address the issue (1-800-GET-GRIP). They may send you a new mounting device, as their customer service has always been excellent in my experience.
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September 6th, 2013 03:49 PM
I called Hogue. They thought that where the instructions cautioned against over-tightening the screw, I might have been overly cautious. I re-tightened it (slightly more than last time) and fired off another fifteen rounds. The grip remained tight. So maybe that was the problem.
September 9th, 2013 05:33 PM
Oh, oh. I just got back from the range. After around 20 rounds through the gun, the grip is loose again. I suppose I'll call the manufacturer again.
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