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Old September 18, 2012, 07:04 AM   #26
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at what point does this render the pistol unfireable?
AS far as I know, never.
Gas cutting is a self-limiting process it starts, reaches a point & then stops permanently. Like the other poster I had a DW, but in .357 S&W Magnum, & it showed gas cutting almost immediately. Once it stopped (20+ years ago) it just did absolutely nothing at all no matter how many thousand rounds I fired.
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Old September 18, 2012, 09:23 AM   #27
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I just checked all of my 1860s. I have one that has an undetermined problem that affects the timing and has only been fired less than three cylinders full (I'm being generous here). The arbor on this gun has a bright spot where the defect appears on all of the other guns.
Yup, I still think it is gas cutting.
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Old October 2, 2012, 04:57 PM   #28
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See it after 60 rounds

I can just see the cut beginning at 60 rounds fired in my new Pietta 51 Navy.
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Old January 15, 2014, 02:04 PM   #29
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Apologies for bringing this Zombie thread back to the top, but it has been very helpful to me and I wanted to send it up so others might see it as well.

I stopped shooting one of my BP revolvers a few months ago after noticing this same damage. It had upwards of 500 rounds through it and has given me many afternoons of fun, but I was afraid to continue shooting it because of this wear pattern.

Now I know what it is and why it happens. I'll be taking it out again tomorrow.

This is a great forum.

And btw, this thread ought to be a sticky.
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