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Old December 2, 2012, 01:28 PM   #1
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My poor little Taurus 94

A while back I bought an abused, homeless Taurus 94 and nursed it back to health, or so I thought. Bore was shiny and clean, cone looked smooth. Yesterday I shot around 100 rounds of CCI ("AR tactical", jacketed 375 pack). Accuracy seemed OK but I was only working on my double pull at ~8 yds. But when I went to clean it, I found semi-circular lead flakes again! Should I expect this or is there something potentially worse going on like misalignment?
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Old December 2, 2012, 01:35 PM   #2
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Sounds like your cylinder timing is off. Timing is critical on a revolver. I wouldn't shoot that gun until I got it checked by a competent/qualified gunsmith
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Old December 2, 2012, 01:51 PM   #3
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Can you tell where its leading? Barrel, Cylinder or Forcing Cone? Reason I ask is I recently bought a 2" stainless 94. I ordered it and when it came, the cylinder machining was so badly done(drilled, but never factory polished)that I wanted it sent back to the distributor for another one. The shop refused and told me to send it to Taurus. Long story short, I decided to polish the cylinder myself, and have reduced the leading considerably. Just food for thought.
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Old December 2, 2012, 02:15 PM   #4
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The lead flakes came from the barrel. I didn't notice particular nastiness from the cone or cylinder but I wasn't looking there as much. Overall when cleaning there was much lead and copper confetti. If it's likely a misalignment / timing issue I may be more comfortable literally trashing it. I got it cheap and abused, as I said, so it wouldn't be a huge loss to put safety first. Thoughts?

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Old December 2, 2012, 08:39 PM   #5
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Try using a stainless tornado brush in the barrel. If the rifling is so rough that its leading the barrel, smoothing the rifling a bit will help.
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Old December 2, 2012, 09:13 PM   #6
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It's most likely a timing issue. My first revolver (taurus) had timing issues but also check each cylinder hole, one of mine was drilled wwaaaaaaaaaaay out of spec with cause it to strike the forcing cone. I didn't notice it then but now its completely obvious. That was the gun that started my taurus hate How'd that clear QC?!
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Old December 3, 2012, 12:04 AM   #7
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OK, well now I'm convinced the thing isn't safe. I wouldn't sell it to anyone but do you suppose a smith could use it for parts? Maybe in exchange for something minor like a zeroing, polishing, etc?
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Old December 3, 2012, 12:23 AM   #8
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It more than likely can be repaired and made perfectly safe.
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Old December 3, 2012, 12:46 AM   #9
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Pardon me for buttin' in, but I can always use cheapies for my holster work. I might be willing to buy on a no fire basis if the price were right.
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Old December 3, 2012, 03:45 AM   #10
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Should I expect this or is there something potentially worse going on like misalignment?
I'd say it's certain to expect the obvious potentially worse signals.
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Old December 3, 2012, 08:47 AM   #11
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Andy, did you complete the recommended checks before buying this revolver?

http://thefiringline.com/Misc/librar...ver-check.html
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Old December 3, 2012, 12:08 PM   #12
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I would use the lifetime warranty.
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Old December 3, 2012, 04:39 PM   #13
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I keep reading that Taurus' customer service has improved, so you should try them. Give them a call and ask them to send a shipping ticket/label and see what happens. While there may be a problem that can be a DIY fix, I suspect an out of spec forcing cone or misaligned chamber, neither of which is practical for home repair.

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