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Old 12-16-2014, 12:34 AM   #1
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I bought a Ruger LCR 38 special for a pretty good price from Fin Feather Fur the other day. I'm thinking the reason for the good price was that there may be some damage to the barrel. It's just not quite smooth I think. This is the best picture I could get of it. What do you guys think? And if it is damaged, is there any way I can smooth it out?


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Old 12-16-2014, 01:06 AM   #2
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I wouldn't expect a glass smooth bore from this level of pistol. Shooting, and cleaning will probably improve it over time.

If your spent cases show no signs of overpressure, then all should be fine.
If your fired bullets hit the target, then all should be fine.

I wouldn't expect the LCR to compete with a top end, longer barreled revolver. Not in fit, finish, or accuracy.

If you have signs of overpressure or can't hit the 7 yd target, then you may need help from your dealer and Ruger.


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I would go to a big box store or where ever you have to go to see a new Ruger. The barrel looks rough in the picture, like someone shot the gun until the barrel is worn out.

Us looking at bad pictures are not a substitute for a qualified gunsmith. I would see a gunsmith. If you got ripped off you need to know about it.
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Thanks for the replies. I know it's not the best picture, sorry about that. It's hard to get a good light source in the barrel. I haven't shot it yet, so I'm going to do that. But going and checking out a new one is a good idea too. Thanks.

I cleaned the barrel and it was pretty stinking dirty. I've always cleaned all my guns pretty meticulously, so I've never seen one get messed up from being left dirty/shot dirty. Could that be a culprit maybe?
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If you shoot it , it will have a dirty barrel . It was test shot and not cleaned at the factory and packaged as is just like others makers. Don't worry about it. One reason every newbe should break a firearm down and clean it well be going to the range . Now go get some range time
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All of my snub nose revolvers have a clean rifled barrel, even my 32 long that was made when dinosaurs roamed the earth. I have an Sp101 that has a clean rifled barrel. I saw some pictures of the LCR bore. The rifling was the same as my SP101. They were professional photos I found with an image search.
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I should have clarified that I bought it used from fin feather fur, not new. And this isn't my first pistol, or my first revolver. My SP101 has a great looking barrel, that's why this one looking a little rough bothered me. I still haven't been to the range with it though. Hoping to make it out next week. As long as it shoots straight, I'll be happy.
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I really could not tell for sure, but it looked to me like the roughness was up and not down. If that is the case it is probably just lead left for bullets. If that is the case you can clean it by firing some jacketed bullets through it.
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Could you post a picture of it cleaned?
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From the photo it looks like it was not cleaned after firing. Here's a great cleaning method (from the manual that came with my Wilson CQB:

Wrap some copper mesh around a bore brush & push it in & out of the barrel several times dry - no solvent or oil. Any lead in the barrel will come out in silver slivers. Follow with a solvent patch & check the barrel.


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