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June 10, 2011, 10:42 PM
Blackhawk .45 colt. Case sticks in one hole every time after firing. Remove the cylinder and knock it out with something. I'm sure the throats are tight on the rest of the cylinder as that is the norm w/old 45 hawks. Who is the best person to send it to and can I send just the cylinder?

June 10, 2011, 10:45 PM
It mat be that chamber is large; send the gun to Ruger.

June 11, 2011, 08:45 AM
Unless it's caused by deep gouges in the chamber, the sticking is a high pressure sign for that chamber, meaning your load is too hot for it. You didn't say what load you are shooting. If it is one of those "Ruger only" warmer-than-standard loads, then I expect the chamber is either too large, as Weshoots said, or the cylinder moved during drilling so that chamber is slightly out of place toward the outside. Either will make the steel too thin. I suppose local heat treatment failure is also a remote possibility, but pretty unlikely.

Whatever the cause, there is a physical problem with the chamber that simple reaming is unlikely to fix. Even if it were gouges that reaming could fix, Ruger will probably do it free of charge. They're not quick, but they put a factory finish on inside and out when they're done, which is nicer that the cold blue from most shop work on chambers. Let Ruger have it.

June 11, 2011, 04:03 PM
Yes, it is quite obvious that there is a physical problem w/that chamber. Same problem with any load, including weak 45 S&W target loads. Problem with letting Ruger take care of it is that they are not going to fix the rest of the notoriously tight chamber throats. I 'm not going to send it to some kitchen table 'smith, rather someone like Cylinder&Slide. Wonder if anyone has an opinion on which of the big guys w/a good reputation specializes in this. They may very well tell me to send it to Ruger but I'd like to get the opinion of someone who is more meticulous than Ruger. Bill Deshivs, please comment on this thread.

June 11, 2011, 04:20 PM
Alex b. Hamilton (apg) @ 10-ring precision in san antonio, texas can fit that problem.

Others: Hamilton bowen, mark oglesby, andy cannon, & the magnaport custom shop.


ohen cepel
June 11, 2011, 05:02 PM
I would send it to Ruger first. They should fix it for no charge.

If not that, then I would polish it myself to see if that helps.

My last option would be to send it out to a custom shop.