View Full Version : How can I polish the inside of my Para's chamber?
July 8, 2000, 11:54 AM
Hello all!! I have a Para P14-45, and is an excellent shooter, but tends to retain a lot of crud in the chamber after shooting only about 100 lead bullets. I checked its chamber, and it seems a bit rough (the ramp is very well polished), can it be the cause? Should I polish it? How? Thanks in advance!!
July 8, 2000, 07:52 PM
Ruben, you don't want to polish your chamber glass smooth like the feed ramp. But the best way to do it is to chuck the barrel in a lathe. Make a mandrel by splitting a piece of wood dowel and insert/wrap some crocus cloth around it. This polishing should be very light. If you have a drill another method would be to chuck the madrel in the drill and hold the barrel in a padded vise. I really don't care for that much but you aren't going to be removing much metal so it shouldn't affect the roundness of the chamber. George
July 8, 2000, 07:54 PM
Ruben I didn't completely answer your question. Try some different ammo first or if you handload, try WW231. Some ammo and powders burn much cleaner than others. George
July 8, 2000, 11:26 PM
Thanks a lot George!! I'll follow your advise, and I'll try some other powders/lubes first to see what happens.
July 9, 2000, 03:30 AM
George -- I polished the chamber in my Colt CCO with a Dremel tool and felt wheel with jewlers rouge. It works 100 % perfect, I did not polish it to a mirror finish but what would happen if I did? I also polished the breech face, will a mirror finish hurt here too? Thanks
July 9, 2000, 06:19 AM
Skeeter, you want areas like the feed ramp and breech face to be mirror smooth because that helps in feeding. Chambers are a little different. Don't get me wrong here. You don't want a chamber that looks like it's ready for spring plantin but a glass smooth chamber doesn't give the case anything to "grab onto" when the round is fired putting more pressure on the breech face. In 24 years I've seen only 2 .45ACP 1911s with firing pin holes peened almost shut and both had mirror smooth chambers. George
July 10, 2000, 04:26 PM
Dremel makes a felt 'bullet' for their moto-tool that fits .45 acp chambers. I use a 1200 grit polish (its a white bar). I polish all chambers of police officers autos. I also polish the feedramps. Have never had one come back that I did this too. I have had two come back that I forgot to do this to. I DO NOT do this for my 'normal' cutomers unless they ask for it. Feedramp polishing for all autos that leave may shop. Takes less than a minute and is well worth the time and effort. All of my personal guns have polished chambers (HK USP's in .45) and have NEVER had a problem.
July 10, 2000, 10:59 PM
I use a felt wheel, Dremel tool, and Simichrome to polish the chambers of my Accu-Match Glock barrels. So far, several thousand rounds fired with no problems. (I'm shooting mostly .400 Cor-Bon)
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