View Full Version : Mirror finish ?
December 21, 1998, 03:29 PM
How do you polish the feed ramp to get that mirror finish??????????
December 22, 1998, 12:08 AM
Joe, I use a wood dowel wrapped with progressively finer grit paper starting with 320 and going to 600. I finish up with a round hard Arkansas stone. If you attempt this be sure not to change the angle of the ramp. I've had 5 1911s in the shop this year that had to have ramped barrels installed because of overzealous polishing by the owners. George
December 23, 1998, 12:56 AM
I schooled under Bob Dunlap (who made all those AGI video tapes) in 1986. Bob told us that it isn't how shiny something was polished, it was how smooth that mattered.
December 23, 1998, 11:22 PM
then take it to 1500 grit :)
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January 30, 2005, 04:29 PM
Do as the other fellow say but use a dremel tool with a felt "bob" and use Brownells 555 grey polish; do not change angle - I also use the dowel with 240 grit around it and then finish up with the 555. Don't change angle; with your bbl. ramped clear back you should have about 1/32" space there.
The angle must be maintained perfectly straight to the factory angle. Take your time; and then your barrel (1911) & clones ought to be dealt with also; see a diagragm; Ed Browns shop manual is pretty good!
Have fun Harry
February 2, 2005, 12:37 AM
Harry uses the same tool but a different polish. Throating a barrel wrong can cause a KABOOM and I would not advise anyone to try it without proper instruction. I keep a few over throated barrels around here that have blown the grips off of a gun just for giggles. If the gun works, forget it. Unless you like picking splinters out of your shooting hand.
February 2, 2005, 08:51 AM
Remember that anything finer than 400 grit is just for show. I would never recommend a Dremel , too easy to ruin it !!
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