Bulge in barrel

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by .22M.R.F, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. .22M.R.F

    .22M.R.F New Member

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    Pre-Model-18, everything perfect except: The barrel has a bulge in it (Not sure where, haven't seen it yet). Only fix is to replace the barrel or cut it behind the bulge and reattach the front sight, right?
     
  2. masterPsmith

    masterPsmith New Member

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    Pre Mod-18 what ??? I would recemend replacing the barrel. The barrel can be stressed for 2 inches or more from the point of the bulge.



    Jim..........
     

  3. .22M.R.F

    .22M.R.F New Member

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    masterPsmith

    Apologize, this is a Smith & Wesson pre Model 18 revolver, looks new except for the bulge I am told. Have not seen it yet so am only going by the description I have received vie E mail! Do appreciate your reply.
     
  4. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

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    Your only choice is to replace the barrel. It was probably shot with a squib load then shot again. Squib loads are underpowered loads where the bullet don't have enough energy to exit the barrel.
     
  5. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    If I remember right that is a 22 caliber. If so you could very likely just shoot it the way it is. I have seen many 22's with a ring(bulge) in the barrels that shot just fine and with good accuracy.
     
  6. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    The Smith & Wesson pre Model 18 is a K-frame revolver.

    Depending on the price, you could wind up stealing the thing with the "need" to replace the barrel angle.

    Ask the owner if he still shoots it.
     
  7. .22M.R.F

    .22M.R.F New Member

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    Thanks for the replies

    Unfortunately the owner is an accomplished S&W collector and does know how much this would be valued without the bulge. It has all the goodies that make it a very attractive acquisition, Cleaning Tools, Paperwork, Gold Box and the correct Sight Adjustment Tool. Most of you will know that the serial number is stamped on the barrel flat of the Pre-Model revolvers in addition to several other places. If the barrel is replaced, assuming a replacement can be found, it will be a really good shooter grade revolver since the number will not match the number on the frame butt flat and the collector value will be lost. Yes, this is a K-frame Combat Masterpiece in .22LR caliber (4" barrel). Thank you all for your interest and your input, Will any of you offer an opinion as to the worth(value) of this revolver in its present described condition?
     
  8. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Pics would be nice. Is the bulge visible externally? Or was it "felt" when cleaning?

    I got a firearm at a decent price from an individual who did not have a reputation for cleaning, and the "bulge" was an area in the barrel that did not have build up.
     
  9. Hawg

    Hawg Active Member

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    It will probably shoot just fine as it is. With the barrel bulged it's lost a lot of it's collector value.
     
  10. .22M.R.F

    .22M.R.F New Member

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    No Photos Available, Sorry!

    Like I said before, I haven't seen the revolver and photos have not been offered but the owner is trustworthy as to description. I am in complete agreement that replacing the barrel is the only solution if the accuracy suffers from the bulge, if it doesn't affect the accuracy then there is not a problem except with the collector's value. Sure am appreciative to all who have responded, I'll look it over in the near future and make a decision as to whether I can make a reasonable trade for it or let it remain the present owner's property! Thanks again!
     
  11. Fisherking

    Fisherking New Member

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    Actualy a barrel replace ment isn't nesisary if it is a 22.
    You could drill and reline the barrel.
    F.K.
     
  12. Vearl Brown

    Vearl Brown New Member

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    I have worked on several rifles with "Bulged Barrels " that have shot very well. The idea that you have to get a new barrel put on is a very wide spread myth. I wouls suggest that you take it out and shoot it. If it shoots well leave the thing alone and just use and enjoy it. If it don't shoot well you can ALWAYS rebarrel it.
     
  13. .22M.R.F

    .22M.R.F New Member

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    Thanks for all the suggestions

    I'll have to wait until I am able to examine it in person before making a decision on its future. To all who have responded I really do thank you for your interest and your suggestions.
     
  14. gimpster

    gimpster New Member

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    Please post some pics,would be neat to see.
    Dave