Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Gotta save this Ruger from ruin!!!! HELP!!!!!

Hi everyone!!! Okay I want some opinions here. I know we have some guys and gals out there who can give me guidance. My dad has an absolutely beautiful Ruger Security Six Revolver from the early 1970's. I absolutely love this firearm!!! A few months ago we were firing some reloads. The very last shot fired that day, no not because of what happens, but because it was the last round we had...my luck kicks in. My dad hands me the Security Six and tells me to fire the last one, I aim pull the trigger, there is a barely audible bang and nothing. I hand it over to my dad and he confirms, the reload was bad. The bullet is stuck in the barrel. My dad manages to get it out, but unfortunately it mushroomed some in the barrell and leaves some in there. We are also concerned about the possibility the rifling could be damaged. I took it to a friend of mine that gunsmiths for a hobby. He gets most of the rest out, but feels it should be taken to a real gunsmith. Now we are fine with this.

I call a local gunsmith, I describe it to him over the phone. He suggests a new barrel from Ruger. I advised him we have already contacted Ruger and they do not have barrels for the Security Six anymore. Without even looking at the firearm he states he does not think he can help.

Now anyone who has shot one of these knows what a treat it is. I need someone to tell me....was this guy just blowing me off or is this really a lost cause?!?!?!?! I refuse to let such a beautiful thing not be saved. Any suggestions???

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  1. A bulged barrel is bad news period! In my humble opinion DO NOT fire it again! So was the barrel bulged really? Does it look bulged on the exterior of the revolver? I really could not tell from your post. You really need someone to look at it. A squib load is not that big of a deal usually, but sitting here I really can't help without looking at it or having more info.

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  2. No bulge on the outside. If you were holding it in your hand and simply looking at the outside, it looks fine.

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    1. Hmmm... Again, squib loads usually do not cause damage to a handgun. I doubt you damaged the rifling.

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    2. That is good. I think my dad was worried he may have hurt the rifling while getting the bullet out. So it sounds like you think a good gunsmith may be able to save it? I sure hope so.

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    3. If your Father used a brass rod or other metal or wooden dowel to remove the bullet that is softer than the Pistol, it should be fine.

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    4. Yay thanks!!!! We are going to get it looked at just to make sure there are no unseen issues. That one guy I spoke to though, just kinda made me wonder if it would be worthwhile to do so. Thank you soooo much for sharing your opinion.

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  3. As the former owner of two of them. I think he was blowing smoke, you know where. Take it in to a GOOD gunsmith. I doubt that it did any damage. He can check it from stem to stern. And can give you a honest answer.

    I miss not having mine. And had a blast with them. I carried one every season, when deer and elk hunting here in Colorado. I also liked that I could shoot 38+P through them. The other was kept with my fishing gear. It's a good shooter, and I wouldn't mind one for self defense, and CCW.

    Hope things work out.

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    1. Thanks, that is good to hear!!! I hate Ruger stopped manufacturing them. Best ever made, well that is my opinion. ; D

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    2. i agree. i got a security six 357 & i pushed the limits to see if i could purposely destroy it. no way it took the monster loads & still works. though hurt my hand. I love Rugers so much that i got the blackhawk in 44 and for fun i have the 22 mark 3, as well as the 10/22--absolutely fun! the 10/22 i tricked her out & anyone looking at it would say its a super rifle, but its just a target rifle for fun. even though i have fun nailing aspirins.

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  4. I found a near by gunsmith, who has been in business 31 years, and he says he will look at it. My dad is going to call him and see what he thinks. Thanks guys, You all have made me feel better. Even though I know it was not my fault, I felt bad I was the one that fired the bad shot...

    I have informed my dad he is to never get rid of that gun, unless it goes to me!!! ; D

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  5. BullseyeBabe sounds like a gunnie. The last one to touch it broke it. :) Keads is right, squibs usually do not bulge a barrel, but I'm glad you noticed and that it was the last round or you might have really had a bad scene. I'm glad you're ok and it sounds like a fixable issue. Those are sweet revolvers.

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    1. Haha...yeah that me. You want it broken, I am your girl!!!

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  6. The Security Six is an easy gun to rebarrel, some have used Colt Python and S&W 586/686 barrels on them for "custom" gun's. J&G often list's part's gun's of barrel, cylinder and lockwork so a replacement barrel is very possible. Also, as a general rule a firearms barrel will not develop a bulge unless the barrel is obstructed.

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    1. I am keeping this in mind...just in case! Thanks!

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  7. Ahh, a Security Six. Alas in the great firearms walkabout the Six decided to go along. It was alway a fine shooter and I really missed it for quite a while.

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  8. It is still with the gun smith. He is trying some different things with it, so I am keeping my fingers crossed.

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  10. I think that he was blowing you off. A bullet stuck in the barrel is not unheard of. Progressive loaders short charge the powder at times. That seems like a failure to know, at a basic level, for a gunsmith.

    Look at this forum for some needed information about what to do.
    There is a picture of a severely leaded bore and what was used to clean it. It is a pretty simple procedure, using a rod with brass cleaning patches.
    http://www.calccw.com/Forums/gun-smithing/4135-gun-oil-2.html

    A Hoppes Lead Remover Kit was used:I am placing a link to a site where you can get one. This is listed at $12 plus S&H, a pretty inexpensive fix.
    I had a Security Six in the 70's and they are very tough guns. There is probably nothing wrong with it.

    http://www.gablesportsga.com/product_info.php?products_id=2507

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  11. It may have been a Lewis Lead Remover referred to on the forum. And if that is the case here is a link to that.
    http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=21587/Product/LEWIS-LEAD-REMOVER

    This one goes for $31 plus S&H at Brownells.
    There is plenty of information on how to remove lead on this gun forum page.

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  12. Hey babe,

    Came across this old post while looking for a stainless steel serrated trigger for my security six.

    If you are still reading this, how did it turn out?

    Doc

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