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Post by Jon Eulette Thu May 12, 2022 10:34 pm

1969 Colt 38 Super converted by Clark in 5/69 to 38 special. Unfortunately barrel got bulged Sad
Thankfully I have some great friends out there and just received a NEW Colt 38 Special Kit Gun barrel to replace the bulged barrel Smile


I’m a grateful man! This time the barrel is going to be fit as it should have been in the first place….
Old barrel 0.550” diameter, new barrel is 0.497”.
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Post by john bickar Fri May 13, 2022 12:22 am

Don't know when the barrel got bulged, but it's a good reminder: whenever things go "hincty," STOP.

Put the gun down. Run an ECI or cleaning rod all the way through the barrel.

I just did this the other night at league with a friend, and we both agreed it was a good idea.

Sound advice 50 years ago; sound advice now.
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Post by Jon Eulette Fri May 13, 2022 12:32 am

Amen Brother John!
Over the last 30 years of building guns, I have had four shooters bulge the barrel the first time they shot their brand new pistol I built.
This one was bummer day for the 38 owner.
What’s interesting, is I shoot a lot at night using headlights on the target. So when the pistols fire I see muzzle flash. I have had some questionable charges that the muzzle flash was light and the recoil extremely light. When I checked the bore all the bullets had cleared, but I was really surprised. We can never be too safe.
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Post by chiz1180 Fri May 13, 2022 10:03 am

john bickar wrote:Don't know when the barrel got bulged, but it's a good reminder: whenever things go "hincty," STOP.

Put the gun down. Run an ECI or cleaning rod all the way through the barrel.

I just did this the other night at league with a friend, and we both agreed it was a good idea.

Sound advice 50 years ago; sound advice now.
On a similar note, when I bought my first really good wad gun, it came with an EIC that went the entire length of the barrel and a squib rod. Loosing a few points at a match is far better than ruining a gunsmiths hard work.
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Post by SmokinNJokin Fri May 13, 2022 10:10 am

I bulged the barrel on my first decent 1911, a gold cup. Was firing. on a loud line with others and couldn’t hear or feel the difference (not a be shooter back then) Never to repeat that mistake!

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Post by bruce martindale Fri May 13, 2022 1:49 pm

Had you tested the original barrel? Sometimes they still shoot

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Post by Jon Eulette Fri May 13, 2022 2:18 pm

Wouldn’t shoot or own a bulged barrel gun!!!
Gun Snob lol
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Post by WSR32 Fri May 13, 2022 3:40 pm

A friend of mine recommended loading a round with just a primer and no bullet or powder so I would know what a bad load feels like. I have yet to do it as I am just working up my first loads but there are five empty casings with primers ready for my next range session.

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Post by bruce martindale Sat May 14, 2022 7:50 pm

Doesn't KKM make them?

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Post by Jon Eulette Sat May 14, 2022 8:42 pm

Yes KKM makes a 38 barrel, but a 1969 Colt should have a Colt Kit Gun barrel if possible. 
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