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S&W Model 14 soured

Post by Boxturtle on 6/28/2018, 9:28 am

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Hello Folks,

My friend brought his 6" Model 14 to me. He said that for more than 30 years it has been the most accurate revolver he has owned. Then one day recently the accuracy went away. The sudden change made me think of a crack. I took the revolver home and examined it under bright light with high magnification, and could find none. He said the gun has only fired 148 gr and 158 gr cast bullets loaded to target velocity. The only thing I found was some lead buildup in the chambers. I thoroughly cleaned the gun and mounted a 2x pistol scope (it was already drilled and tapped). Using leather sandbags on a concrete bench, five shot groups were between 2-1/2" and 3-3/4" at 25 yards. My own Model 14 shoots around one inch. I reexamined the gun last night and can find nothing amiss.

What else should I look for?

Thanks, Tom

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Post by Boxturtle on 7/10/2018, 10:58 am

I talked to S&W.  The Model 14-2 is not covered by a warrantee.  They sent me a return shipping label, and will charge $90 per hour to examine the gun, with a $45 minimum.  If, as I suspect, the barrel is cracked and I just can't see it, they cannot repair it.  They will then ship the gun back to me as is.  I'm very reluctant to spend money when I think it is highly probable that it will be a complete waste.  I don't know what else I can do.

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Re: S&W Model 14 soured

Post by fc60 on 7/10/2018, 11:02 am

Greetings,

Barrels are available on eBay. However, "Caveat Emptor".

Replacing the barrel is not a difficult task, providing you have the proper tools.

Perhaps have a local Gunsmith examine the pistol?

You can always sell it "as is" at the local Gun Show.

Cheers,

Dave
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Post by james r chapman on 7/10/2018, 2:42 pm

Where are you located.
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Re: S&W Model 14 soured

Post by Boxturtle on 7/12/2018, 6:08 am

I decided to send the gun to S&W.  If they can tell me what is wrong, and if it helps me to return the gun to service, it will be worth the money.  If the barrel is cracked and the frame is sound, then I will have the foundation for a nice custom gun.  Thanks all, and I'll let you know what they find.

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