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January 28, 2002, 07:02 AM
My rear ring of the gas cylinder is tight to the barrel at the 9:00 to 6:00 postion as viewed from the muzzle. I'd like to open it up so it doesn't touch. How tricky is this? Also, the cylinder is a bit loose in the splines........should I try to peen them? I get consistent flyers, a nice group of 3 or 4 then a very wild flyer several inches from the group. Barrel seems OK and TE is a 2.

January 28, 2002, 11:42 AM
What ammunition you using ?


January 28, 2002, 01:24 PM
Lake City 1966 M2 ball. With handloads, 4064/48.5/147FMJBT the groups are smaller but still the same phenomenon.

James K
January 28, 2002, 11:58 PM
I know peening the barrel is done, but I prefer to use a steel rod and peen the cylinder as it is the cheaper part. The rear ring could be flattened slightly; you might try tapping it a bit and see if you can make it more circular. In any case, if the cylinder seems wrong, try a new cylinder before messing with the barrel.