Polishing the feed ramp

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by Don Davis, Mar 10, 2010.

  1. Don Davis

    Don Davis New Member

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    I have several automatic handguns and I want to polish their feed ramps.

    I know how to break each gun down, so that's not the advise I need.

    Can anyone tell me what to use and the steps that they take to do a good job of feed ramp polishing?

    i.e. do you use a dremel tool or do it by hand - what grain wet / dry sand paper do you use (or do you use wet / dry sand paper at all)

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    :)
     
  2. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    Unless you are an experienced gunsmith - never bring a Dremel into the same room as your guns. Are you having problems with your guns?
     

  3. tekarra

    tekarra New Member

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    I have polished several ramps by hand using crocus cloth. Work it a bit, then stop and have a look. I concur that a Dremel tool should be kept in its case when doing the polishing.
     
  4. greenjeans

    greenjeans New Member

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    No sandpaper, period. I do use a Dremel tool on mine. I use a felt buffing wheel with jewelers rouge and it is next to impossible to remove metal with that combination. Just polish to a high shine.
     
  5. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger New Member

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    Don....IMO you need to listen to what Dave is telling you here!
     
  6. MoHawk

    MoHawk New Member

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    Also known as.... If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
     
  7. BILLYBOB44

    BILLYBOB44 New Member

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    +1 This has worked for me on several semi-autos. :D
     
  8. gorknoids

    gorknoids New Member

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    Contractors, artists, and anyone who does a lot of drawing (I'm a landscaper)are familiar with electric erasers. It's basically a Dremel tool that takes an insert composed of.....eraser. You can find them at most art stores. They work exceptionally well for polishing out machine marks, built-up residue, and what-have-you. For serious defects, jeweler's supply stores have somewhat more abrasive tools which fit the Dremel, but anything with has a small chuck will hold them.
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  9. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper New Member

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    This works a lot faster:p
    industrial-metal-grinder.jpg

    I've used a little flitz metal polish on a q-tip for some light polishing of internal parts. I don't trust myself to do much heavier removal. Thats what my 'smith is for.
    As impatient as I am, I'd end up using the above tool:rolleyes:
     
  10. Don Davis

    Don Davis New Member

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    lonyaeger

    Which one is "Dave" ?
     
  11. MoHawk

    MoHawk New Member

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    NGIB is who Lon was referring to
     
  12. druryj

    druryj New Member

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    I concur with this advice, unless you're a 'smith: "Step away from the Dremel".
     
  13. KalashnikovJosh

    KalashnikovJosh New Member

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    I've polished feed ramps on mine with a dremel tool-but then,I'm a mechanic,and was doing it under the supervision of my friend,who is a master mechanic and a skilled gunsmith.

    We used the jewelers rouge and buffing wheel.

    You can do it yourself-but I think the best advice I can give is that you should really find someone who knows what they're doing to show you how to do it right before you try.
     
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2010
  14. birdzman

    birdzman New Member

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    I have polished the feed ramp on every auto I have, from the Colt Gold Cup to the Rohrbaugh R9s. A mirror finished feedramp is slicker than oil on ice, and aids greatly in feeding and reliability.
    But I spent nine years working for an Aerospace contractor, doing assembly work, and deburring and polishing parts that were for the F-15s,
    Sikorsky helicopters, even the space shuttle.
    Using a felt buff on a Dremel with a polishing compound or jewelers rouge will not cut the metal (as stated by greenjeans) and can produce a mirror finish. DO NOT use anything more abrasive, no sand paper drums or cratex rubberized wheels.
    If your at all uncomfortable or have second thoughts about doing it, Don't, take it to a qualified smith and pay for the piece of mind.

    John
     
  15. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    NGIB is correct. The only time a feed ramp should be polished, is if you are having trouble with ammo feeding. Try the ammo of your choice first, then polish as required.