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Old 12-05-2011, 01:05 PM   #1
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Hi everyone, I am relatively new here and was wondering. I hear a lot of people talking about polishing the feed ramp of their firearms, using their Dremels. Is there a special compound or polish that should be used when doing this? Or should I just use the Dremel polishing pad by itself? Thanks for anyones info in advance.

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Old 12-05-2011, 01:25 PM   #2
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Its hard for me to tell someone not to do something I do myself-
I polish mine with a dremel & compound BUT i've been playing with 1911's for a lot of years-
You ruin the feedramp-You ruin the frame

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So with my lack of experience I would probably be better leaving it alone. Just out of curiousity what kind of compound do you use and does it really help?

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So with my lack of experience I would probably be better leaving it alone. Just out of curiousity what kind of compound do you use and does it really help?
I just use the dremmel compound -
I think it helps some - maybe just makes me feel better about having a shiny feedramp tho
Its kind of a "IF IT AINT BROKE" thing
Good luck & shoot that thang safe
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My advice is if it isnt broke dont fix it.

Does your gun have feed issues?? Does it jam?? if not there is no reason to polish the ramp. Polishing a feed ramp on a perfectly working gun may change it to a gun that starts to have feed issues.

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Mother's Mag & Aluminum polish is usually recommended.
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About the only time a Dremel and a gun should be in the same room. Your goal is to polish, and NOT to grind or remove metal. A fine metal polishing compund such as white rouge, or even automotive rubbing compound. Brasso would do in a pinch. However, the lighter liquids will get thrown off by the high speed of a Dremel, and you will have a lot of freckles you never had before.

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Thanks everyone for the input. No I'm not having any issues as of late. But I did pick up this cheap 380 that I keep as a back up and the feed ramp has some burrs on it.
I thought I might file the burrs and polish it. If I screwed it up it wouldn't be a huge loss.

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Thanks everyone for the input. No I'm not having any issues as of late. But I did pick up this cheap 380 that I keep as a back up and the feed ramp has some burrs on it.
I thought I might file the burrs and polish it. If I screwed it up it wouldn't be a huge loss.
Be a good one to pratice on then
Just remove the burrs & polish - dont remove any surface metal or change the angle in anyway & it shud be fine
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Do the K.I.S.S. thing. Take a standard #2 pencil or 1/4" wood dowel and wrap some 600 grit emory paper around it a couple of times and lightly polish the ramp until it is nice and shiny smooth.

It doesn't usually take much effort to smooth them out and all you're doing is trying to do accelerate the break-in process some. After about 200 rounds, the gun would do the same process for itself.

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