This is a discussion on Are these markings in my barrel normal ?? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; @ SteveB2175 You done good, child! Granny is proud of you and feels that you will henceforth take good care in cleaning your gun(s). Lesson ...
You done good, child! Granny is proud of you and feels that you will henceforth take good care in cleaning your gun(s). Lesson well learned.
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I'm wondering if Freedoms bullets are sized a little small or if the OP's gun is slightly oversize? Hmm?
IF the barrel was properly cleaned & scrubbed, then the rifling is clearly damaged.
IF there is a tell tale ring in the rifling, then the bullet expanded when impacted by another object. Usually by another bullet, or an obstruction in the barrel OR it got smacked with a metal rod.
Most guys use wooden dowels, but I have seen them break/shatter and cut the hand holding it. * Brass rods are best but most guys use a metal rod as that's readily available at the local hardware store.
*FYI: The guy who broke the wooden dowel, then used a 3/8" metal rod. He tapped the 200 grain SWC nose and the bullet didn't move. He then SMACKED it and the bullet moved. When he tapped it the rest of the way out, the barrel had a ring in it where the rilfing was damaged from the bullet swelling (much like the photo from earlier on in this thread). I was there to witness it 1st hand. It was a Colt Gold Cup Series '70 barrel.
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Sounds like a reason to not buy a colt....
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Semi auto pistol barrels are pretty thin walled compared to most revolver and rifle barrels. I can see where a bullet would expand enough to "ring" a barrel if you beat on it hard enough or long enough, or both. Its no that barrel steel is soft, its that the thickness of the wall is not sufficient to withstand the abuse that can be applied to it. There are very few actual barrel steel manufactures left in the US. According to my competition barrel maker the manufactures only make limited runs of the steel due to the process involved and the QC required.
Guys, aside from the "dude", comments are a bit, shall I say, challenging, which is generally ok, but these remarks are starting to focus on a person rather than the topic.
As to the use of "dude", knowing DR as I do, it was not meant in a demeaning way, still in view of common reaction to "dude" it probably shouldn't have been used. But it was, and I reiterate my position that it was not intended to be disrespectful.
DR is what he says he is - a very reputable gunsmith of many years and he knows things about guns most of us, myself included, never knew and never will know.
If DR says pistol barrels are soft, then I believe him. Given, what DR thinks of soft and what we think of soft may be two different things entirely. I do know that stainless tends to have issues with pressure and forces created by combustion such as gun barrels are exposed to.
I have asked DR to elaborate on "soft" so hopefully that will happen soon. As the old saying goes, "sometimes we don't know what we don't know". If this is the case here then we can look forward to learning something about guns.
In the meantime, let's try to get past "dude" AND limit remarks to the topic and topic variations and stop remarks that are directed at individuals - or, I'll have to get further involved.
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As you can see, since this was a j frame, I had to push the squib back towards the hammer. It took about 3 taps to start moving, and once it broke loose each tap moved it about 3/8" with very little resistance.
As far as DRM's assertion that I swelled the barrel with a wooden dowel rod, I find that laughable. Any credibility that DRM has on the topic is cast in doubt by his all knowing assertion that I "SMACKED IT".
I checked my workshop carefully before I started and I can guarantee that I was alone, DRM was not there, so he has little idea if I "SMACKED IT" or tapped it, or if I did a dance to the God's before I started.