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41 Chamber Question

Post by Tim:H11 on 7/23/2016, 9:19 pm

My S&W 41 has a very carbon filled chamber. I cleaned it out. Not so many issues now. It was jamming leaving a spent casing half way out the chamber. Chamber seems rough possibly...? Is it safe to polish the chamber slightly to slick it up?
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Post by Chris Miceli on 7/23/2016, 9:28 pm

Tim:H11 wrote:My S&W 41 has a very carbon filled chamber. I cleaned it out. Not so many issues now. It was jamming leaving a spent casing half way out the chamber. Chamber seems rough possibly...? Is it safe to polish the chamber slightly to slick it up?
I'd send it to KC to let him do his magic .
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Re: 41 Chamber Question

Post by Tim:H11 on 7/23/2016, 9:32 pm

Ok - questioned rephrased - is having the chamber polished (be it any qualified gunsmith) a safe thing to do or a good idea? I'd like info on who's done it, why and their results, feedback and or opinions before and after the job was done.
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Re: 41 Chamber Question

Post by Wobbley on 7/24/2016, 9:22 am

Is the chamber really rough or is there caked on carbon still?
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Re: 41 Chamber Question

Post by jglenn21 on 7/24/2016, 9:58 am

I use a 50/50 mix of Hoppe's and Kroil..let it sit overnight.  works great on carbon and lead... then clean the chamber with a 25 cal. brush not a .22.. see where you are after that.... do the rounds drop into the chamber freely at this point..

I've always polished the chambers of any rifle or pistol chamber I've cut, but not to a high polish.  Opinions do vary about this among many smiths but I was taught this way.

I'd clean the chamber really well and then take a close look under magnification
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Re: 41 Chamber Question

Post by fc60 on 7/24/2016, 11:54 am

Greetings,

Polishing removes metal. Once done, it cannot be put back.

Try cleaning in an Ultrasonic Cleaner.

When I clean revolvers, it usually takes 1-2 hours to remove all the carbon fouling.

Make sure your UltraSonic cleaning solution is designed for firearms. Some cleaners etch the metal and remove bluing.

Cheers,

Dave
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Re: 41 Chamber Question

Post by Tim:H11 on 7/24/2016, 2:31 pm

Thank you guys. I was panicking yesterday and last night having a local match this morning. My 41 was jamming habitually. I did finally - after long hours at the dinner table - scrub that chamber clean. It had caked up with carbon. A little oil on the first round coming off each mag and it runs great. Shot an 862-30X this morning with the 22 with NO malfunctions or alibis.
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Post by Chris Miceli on 7/24/2016, 3:07 pm

Tim:H11 wrote:Thank you guys. I was panicking yesterday and last night having a local match this morning. My 41 was jamming habitually. I did finally - after long hours at the dinner table - scrub that chamber clean. It had caked up with carbon. A little oil on the first round coming off each mag and it runs great. Shot an 862-30X this morning with the 22 with NO malfunctions or alibis.
Nice work, now shoot that same sore with your 45 and you'll be a master Smile
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