View Full Version : Uberti Cattleman with tight cylinder bores

February 26, 2012, 07:08 PM
Hey Guys... I just bought two of the above pistols from Tanners and had them sent to Ca., jumped through all the stupid hoops to get them, including a wait of 40 days for the second one.

The first one shot great, but the second one seems to have a couple tight cylinder bores and will not fully chamber a 45 round. The last 1/16 th of the round protrudes and causes the cylinder to lock up. I know I can send it back for warrany, but I am unsure if I have to go through an FFL again for repairs.

Is there a home remedy for this? I'm pretty good at minor smithing and in a pinch, my father is a tool and die maker, but he lives in another city.

February 27, 2012, 09:43 AM
Almost positive that you can send it straight back to the place you bought it and they can send it back, straight to you.
But you might have to use overnight, expensive shipping, because the cheap ways of shipping do require an FFL to do it.
And that might be the way to go anyway, just for the savings.
Or you can just send the cylinder, maybe.
Call and ask the folks where you are going to send it.
They will know for sure.
California laws are sure different than most of the US.
I used to live there and the emphasis is on the words "used to."

February 27, 2012, 01:39 PM

I just checked my Cattleman, one of my favorite firearms, for chamber size.

It meets SAAMI specs.

It looks like the chamber a lot bigger than it needs to be to fit the ammo.

You would not have some 454 Casull brass, would you?

If your chamber is actually small, you could buy a reamer, put in a chuck, hold the chuck in the hand and with a few twists of the wrist, ream it out.

But my guess is that your ammo is too big.

I measure the inside diameter with a pin gauge.
I measured the depth with a dial caliper.

February 27, 2012, 09:33 PM
Thanks for the replies.

I do not have a pin gauge, but I can probably get one from my Dad. My ammo is reloaded with new brass and is run through rcbs dies. It is then run through a Lee carbide roll crimp die that also post sizes any ammo that is out of spec. So far, it has not put the squeeze on any of the rounds run through it. The rounds that will not fit in two of the bores will fit in the other 4 with no problem. They will also fit in all 6 cylinder holes of the other pistol.

I think some measurement of the two tight holes is in order. Is it possible that the factory could ream a slight taper in the hole? I'm not a machinest, so I don't know if this is possible.

February 29, 2012, 11:04 PM
You could measure your ammo.
It should be no bigger than .480" all around the case mouth.

It should be no longer than 1.6" from the end of the rim to the end of the case mouth.

You could rub lip stick or magic marker on the ammo and see where the interference is.

March 10, 2012, 03:27 PM
Back to the factory for repair. We'll see how they do.