polishing feed ramp

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by jgwillir, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. jgwillir

    jgwillir New Member

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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.

    J.G.
     
  2. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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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 :(
     

  3. jgwillir

    jgwillir New Member

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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?
     
  4. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    I just use the dremmel compound -
    I think it helps some - maybe just makes me feel better about having a shiny feedramp tho :D
    Its kind of a "IF IT AINT BROKE" thing ;)
    Good luck & shoot that thang safe :)
     
  5. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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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.
     
  6. PanBaccha

    PanBaccha New Member

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    Mother's Mag & Aluminum polish is usually recommended.
     
  7. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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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.
     
  8. jgwillir

    jgwillir New Member

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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.
     
  9. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Be a good one to pratice on then :cool:
    Just remove the burrs & polish - dont remove any surface metal or change the angle in anyway & it shud be fine :)
     
  10. Snakedriver

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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. :cool:

    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.
     
  11. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    If you want to ruin a working firearm, have at it.
    If you want to fix a broken firearm, take it to a 'smith.

    If it ain't broke then why break it?

    Some things should not be taken on by anyone with limited experience.
     
  12. jgwillir

    jgwillir New Member

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    Thanks again Hoss; Snake & Dan! To Dan: for everything there is a first time. I'm a do it yourself type guy. I like to do my own stuff when ever possible. Even the best gunsmith started somewhere, sometime, at some point. But I appreciate your input. For everyone else I appeciate the helpful tips thanks.

    J.G.
     
  13. trex1310

    trex1310 New Member

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    This is good advice. You mess up a feed ramp with a dremel and
    you are going to be spending some major money.
     
  14. Jay

    Jay New Member

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    You're absolutely correct. There is no requirement for a gunsmith endorsement on your "man card" to remove a feed ramp burr. Having said that, there have been some grievous errors made by blindly applying a Dremel tool to a firearm. Some experience working with metals would be beneficial.

    My first thought would be "what caused the burr?" Fixing the burr, only to have it re-appear, would not be good. That's where a gunsmith might be able to assist, by suggesting a remedy. You then get to decide if you want to, or are able to tackle it.

    Many compounds containing mild abrasives will polish, even toothpaste. Having spent 18 years as a mold maker, and tool maker, I use varying grades of diamond compound, although the suggestion already posted by Snakedriver is a good one.

    Good luck with it, and let us know how it worked out.
     
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2011
  15. jgwillir

    jgwillir New Member

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    The gun is new! But like I stated before a very inexpensive piece. The top of the feed ramp by the barrel has a very rough edge to it. I will probably just leave it alone. If it causes major concerns I may give it a shot myself.
     
  16. Jay

    Jay New Member

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    Then call the manufacturer. Most likely they will issue a pick-up order and have you return it on their dime, fix it, and return it to you.
     
  17. fmj

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    polish ONLY if its not feeding reliably......elsewise leave it alone.
     
  18. jgwillir

    jgwillir New Member

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    Yeah she jams up pretty good. About every 4th round out of a 6 round mag. Put about 50 rounds though it. Couldn't get through a full mag. Without at least 1 jam. I 'll call the company first. If I get no results I'll give it shot. Like I said it was. Relatively inexpensive piece.
     
  19. trex1310

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    You answered your own problem. :D
     
  20. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    How :confused: