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Old August 28, 2011, 01:07 PM   #1
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Barrel bulge & replacement question

My uncle bought a used 1860 Uberti 44 and it shoots well but there is a bulge in the barrel about I wanted to see if the barrel could be replaced. (He didn't notice the bulge when he bought it...his eyes aren't what they used to be...)

I ordered a Uberti 1860 Army 44 cal barrel from Numrich and it looks identical lacks about 1/8 inch going all the way on the base pin. It seems to hit bottom and will not fit as a result.

Is this a defect or did Uberti make dimension changes somewhere along the line? I don't know whether to send it back to Numrich for a swap on another barrel to see if it will fit or just return for credit.
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Old August 28, 2011, 01:35 PM   #2
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If it shoots good with the bulged barrel I wouldn't worry about it. The arbor hole is too shallow on the replacement. Odd for a Uberti since their arbor holes are usually too deep.
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Old August 28, 2011, 04:48 PM   #3
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Yes, a bulge in a barrel doesn't necessarily render it a candidate for the trash.
A friend managed to bulge the barrel in his Browning HP, with a squib load.
Too poor (or cheap) to replace it, he used the gun that way for many years, with no nasty consequences.
The gun didn't even noticeably lose any accuracy.
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Old August 28, 2011, 06:21 PM   #4
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The arbor hole in the barrel assembly can be drilled deeper to achieve that 'perfect fit'. You are actually a lucky [email protected]!
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Old August 28, 2011, 07:28 PM   #5
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Looks like I have both options...drill it deeper or send it back...I will see what Numrich says about returning or exchanging and let that be the deciding is still shooting ok so if I send it back it's good to know it is still ok to shoot....thanks !!
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Old August 29, 2011, 09:25 AM   #6
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Bulge is no big deal. I've been shooting an Uberti 1866 for several years now with a buldge near the front sight. Just looks ugly.
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Old August 29, 2011, 10:12 AM   #7
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One of my Winchester 1897s has a bulge near the end of the barrel. Not only does it shoot fine, that bulge opened up the full choke a tad and now it's an ace of a skeet gun. I show up with the old warhorse and all those guys with their fancy-pants over/unders eat crow by the end of the match.

I know, not quite the same as a pistol, but it's another data point.

BTW, the bulge got there when my grandfather accidentally plugged the muzzle with snow back in the late '30s. Let that be a lesson to you to watch where you stick the business end of your gun!
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Old August 29, 2011, 08:36 PM   #8
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So I read everyone's input and decided to leave the bulge alone...I'm sending the barrel back to Numrich for credit...and I took the money I would have spent on the barrel and ordered another black powder revolver from Cabela's... an 1858 New Army 44...well, it didn't pay for all of it, I had to add a little more fundage to the two extra cylinders...and the holster...and and ...this is addictive!
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Old August 30, 2011, 05:33 AM   #9
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I have a ring in my Thompson SMG about 1/3 down the bbl shoots excellent, I lost only 23 fps on velocity
No one can see it from the out side so who cares.
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