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44 special barrel leading

peddlerpeddler Member Posts: 881 ✭✭✭✭
edited April 2015 in Ask the Experts
I have a Colt 44 special that leads in the forcing cone. I shoot fairly soft lead hollow base bullets. Whats interesting is the cylinder through Is very clean after shooting. Speed is about 600-700 fps. Any comments?

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    peddlerpeddler Member Posts: 881 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    New Colt saa 44 special, leaded real bad starting at the forging cone and up barrel maybe 1/2" while shooting a box of Cowboy loads. Lead on bullets seems real hard to me. I will reload soft lead but wanted to shoot this box of bullets I bought. Any comments? Thanks
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    fordsixfordsix Member Posts: 8,722
    edited November -1
    i have run hard lead at 1300+ with no leading use gas checks if problem
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    62fuelie62fuelie Member Posts: 1,069 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    If you keep them to standard .44 Spl velocity the bullet could be about anything from dead-soft lead to linotype and shouldn't present a leading problem. When you get it cleaned up check to see if the forcing cone is roughened. It may need a little finish reaming to get it good and smooth. Cycle the empty revolver slowly and be sure the final lock-up click comes just at full cock or just before. Look to see that each chamber lines up directly with the barrel, you could do this by sliding a 3/8" dowel down the barrel and seeing if it comes in contact with the chamber mouth of each chamber, it will take rotating the revolver and sliding the dowel back and forth to see if an edge catches any where on the circumference.
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    charliemeyer007charliemeyer007 Member Posts: 6,579 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    New barrels will lead up until they are ironed in. Jacketed will do it faster, can take up to several hundred rounds. Clean often at first. Tight patch and Shooter's Choice works well for me.

    Proper bullet lube helps a lot 50/50 Alox Beeswax not the Rooster Red crap. Proper sizing to .001 or .002 larger will help.

    Polish the forcing cone.
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    perry shooterperry shooter Member Posts: 17,390
    edited November -1
    you can polish the forceing cone WITH JB BORE CLEANER.correct information by other poster Soft Bullet lub over bore size bullets even dead soft pure lead should not lead then
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    peddlerpeddler Member Posts: 881 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    This a new gun,35 rounds though it, and it is rough just inside the forging cone. Barrel does not seem to have any tapper at the forging cone, should it?
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    rufe-snowrufe-snow Member Posts: 18,650 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    If this is a authentic Colt, not a foreign clone? They are sold as big buck collectors items. With no expectation of them being shot, i.e. Safe Queens. As long as they are "pretty" cosmetically, that's all they care about.

    If you really want to shoot it? As I see it, you have two options. Contact Colt customer service, to see if they will repair it, gradius. Or send it to one of the single action specialist gunsmiths, on your dime.
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    peddlerpeddler Member Posts: 881 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I've got 2 real Colts that I shoot, a 45lc and now a 44 special. If you take care of them they will always bring what you gave for them even when you shoot them. I will polish the forging cone some and the 44 will be a fine shooter.
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