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Old December 26, 2008, 11:21 PM   #1
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S&W 28-2 Barrel "Interchangeableness"

It "appears" to a fairly untrained eye that the 4" and 6" barrels of the Highway Patrolman (or men) would be interchangeable. What say ye?
Further, how difficult would it be to do?
How much (oh say average) would it cost to have it done?
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Old December 26, 2008, 11:35 PM   #2
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The shoulder on the new barrel might have to be turned back to line up the sights and/or the forcing cone faced for proper cylinder/barrel gap.
A decent gunsmith can do it for ~$150.

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Old December 27, 2008, 10:31 AM   #3
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So are you saying the entire ejector assembly will be functional and not need to be changed, i.e. just the barrel change out?
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Old December 27, 2008, 06:31 PM   #4
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Old December 27, 2008, 06:37 PM   #5
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Patience. Most people only get time once a day to check the threads they're postng in. Work is such a killjoy. But I believe the answer to your question is affirmative. Properly timed and set to your frame, the new barrel will then become interchangeable.
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Old December 27, 2008, 09:32 PM   #6
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AJ,

The short answer is yes. You can change the 4 and 6 inch barrels out. The trick is that you really need to start with a new barrel that hasn't been previously mounted. That makes things a lot easier.

You could do it yourself, but there are tricks to prevent warping the frame when unscrewing the old barrel. Additionally, the new barrel is unlikely to screw in and align correctly on the first try. Filing or milling the barrel shoulder that meets the frame a little at a time until a snug fit is achieve is a matter of patience.

Once the barrel is mounted, it's time to adjust the flash gap by properly milling the forcing cone. Good measurements and math can make this a single pass job. A final check that everything is square is done before driving the barrel pin into place.

If a gunsmith charges you $150 for it, that would be about right to cover his labor and wear on the tools.
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Old December 27, 2008, 09:35 PM   #7
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Quote:
So are you saying the entire ejector assembly will be functional and not need to be changed, i.e. just the barrel change out?
Thanx AJ
The ejector rod is not attached in any way to the barrel. Only the barrel itself will require work to change out.
Now, it's a different story with single action revolvers where you have the ejector rod assembly attached to the barrel.

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Old December 27, 2008, 10:01 PM   #8
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gotcha - now for a reliable smithy around Nashville - any help along those lines?
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Old December 28, 2008, 11:27 AM   #9
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You might check with the S+W service dept.. I've had good luck with them in the past.
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