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Old September 15, 2008, 12:59 PM   #1
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Swapping barrels on Ruger MKII

How hard it is to swap barrels on the Ruger MKII. Looks like the old barrel just screws off the upper and the new one screws on. Is it more complicated than that? Any special tools I need? What's the torque spec on the barrel? Thanks for any help on this.
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Old September 15, 2008, 01:52 PM   #2
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Getting the alignment right may be tricky, but if you have the right tools, it should be no problem. You would need both a barrel vise and a receiver wrench with the right bushings. Those barrels are in tight, though, so it won't be easy.

Note, Ruger makes the barrel, complete with front sight base and feed ramp, then screws it into a piece of threaded tubing. After that, they use the feed ramp as a reference point to cut the ejection port and do the other machining on the tubing which then becomes the receiver.

Buying the tools would cost quite a bit unless you plan to do a bunch of them, and the chances of doing damage are pretty high. Unless you have some experience in barrel installation, I suggest giving Ruger a call and see if they will do the job.

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Old September 15, 2008, 02:59 PM   #3
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Yeah the only barrel swaps I've done is on ARs and M14s but those were pretty easy. I'll just send it to Ruger..thanks for the advice.
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