View Full Version : Cylinder freeplay

August 23, 2000, 10:55 PM
I recently purchase a Ruger Redhawk .44Mag. When I got it there the cylinder was tight and wouldn't roll even a little bit with the hammer back.

Now, after firing about 150 rounds through the thing, the cylinder is slightly loose and I can roll it a bit.

Is that normal? And how much free-play should I allow before I worry about it?


George Stringer
August 24, 2000, 07:06 AM
Tstr, some will probably disagree but I wouldn't be concerned unless it was spitting lead or accuracy suffered. George

Mike Irwin
August 26, 2000, 04:10 PM
Absolutely normal.

George's assessment is correct. Unless it's spitting lead out the sides, or is not locking up properly, this isn't a problem.

Beware the man with the S&W .357 Mag.
Chances are he knows how to use it.

Badger Arms
August 26, 2000, 05:28 PM
Were it to continually lock up super-tight, I'd be worried. A little looseness is fine. The Blackhawk has a very long service life before the cylinder would ever become too loose. I'd not say the same thing about other revolvers, though. The chamber-to-chamber differences in accuracy are more than the accuracy loss due to side-to-side movement.