Polishing the feed ramp.

Discussion in 'DIY Projects' started by sman96, Oct 18, 2012.

  1. sman96

    sman96 New Member

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    Looking advice on how to polish the feed ramp for my pistols. Need to know what equipment to use, duration amount of items to use as well as any advice from those who have already successfully done the process. Thanks
     
  2. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Are you having feed ramp problems?
    If not, then I highly recommend that you do not polish.

    If you are having problems, then I would suggest that you contact the manufacturer first.

    Some "enhancements" done by DIY end up in ruined firearms.

    (Yes, I've fixed more than one firearm after someone tried to "enhance" the reliability.)
     

  3. 7point62

    7point62 Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    X2 on the last. If your feed ramps are getting exceptionally grimy it could be your ammo. But if by "polish" you mean using a drill with a small soft buffer bit, I think I'd use elbow grease and a soft cloth over any machine attachment. And goes without saying never metal to metal contact.
     
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  4. sman96

    sman96 New Member

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    Do you think using a silicone cloth would work? I'm having FTF issue on a Kimber 1911. I've replaced the issued magazine with a Wilson ETM, but I was thinking of anything else I can do to ensure proper function.
     
  5. Mosin

    Mosin Well-Known Member

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    I could be wrong, so obvious disclaimer, but I hand polish all my feed ramps with 2000 grit sandpaper, then use a polishing cloth with brasso. They end up looking like mirrors and I've never had an issue in 7 years....
     
  6. drvsafe

    drvsafe New Member

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    why not test fire the weapon and see if the replacement solved the problem.
    IMO, I agree with what others have said; you CAN ruin an otherwise perfectly running firearm if you don't know what you are doing. as you may not need to do it in the 1st place.
     
  7. DuraCoater

    DuraCoater New Member

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    I polish feed ramps using a Dremel with an emery wheel.

    Bout as shiny and smooth as it gets.

    Disclaimer: Take it to a professional if you are unsure how to do something. :)
     
  8. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Active Member

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    Feed ramps don't need a mirror finish to work properly. Smooth enough usually does the job. Unless it's truly appalling, it's probably not the problem. The Wilson Mag is very likely a good fix. If not, it's time to call Kimber, or find a gunsmith who has a solid rep with 1911s.
     
  9. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    About the only time I let a Dremel in the same room with a gun- FELT polishing bob and WHITE jewelers rouge.
     
  10. DuraCoater

    DuraCoater New Member

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    My dremel has served me well - but yea - a license to operate a dremel would be a nice restriction for civilization for once. haha
     
  11. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    And take away some of my jobs? I say we give Dremels out for Christmas to everyone. ;)

    I have only 1 firearm that I've polished the feed ramp on. An old Springer that I used in competition. In looking back, I probably didn't need to polish it, but a few friends said "That's the way to go". Not knowing then what I know now, I did polish (luckily things worked out).
     
  12. primer1

    primer1 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I'm wondering if the gun is broke in yet, or an ammo change is needed.
     
  13. Ultimate_sig

    Ultimate_sig New Member

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    I polished my 1911 feed ramp, hell i did the whole barrel. It came out alot better than i thought.
    1soak your barrel in viniger. All barrels/parts take diffrent amounts of time. When you do this your taking all finish off and turning the metal raw.
    2clean with soap and water, make sure to clean the inside of the barrel completely.
    3make sure to dry completely and quickly, the metalx are raw and will rust in minutes.
    4take some mothers mag polish or chrome polish and wax on and off. Make sure to do the inside of the barrel as well.

    This has made my pistol more reliable and i think it turned it to a tack driver. It goes exactly where i want. I also polished my internals and i believe that has made it function better as well.

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    These are before and after. You can make it a mirror shine with the more wax you put on but i chose to leave it where its at. The hardest part for me was getting in those threads
     
  14. Ultimate_sig

    Ultimate_sig New Member

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    Another thing dont use a dremel, if yiu dont want to take the time to do it by hand then you shouldnt do it at all. Use small cloth, the winchester swab packs are great
     
  15. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i may even regret asking this, but how does removing the blueing or finish and cosmeticly polishing make the gun more reliable and a tack driver? Mother's Mag polish doesn't remove enough material to make any realistic changes. just saying.
     
  16. Ultimate_sig

    Ultimate_sig New Member

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    Its not removing any thing. if you could get a bolt carrier for $50 itd be a good deal right, what if you could get a nickel boron bolt carrier for the same price which would you go with. The nickel right....why? Its smoother action and over all better quality because its slick coating operating without lube.

    My sig is great but every once in awhile id have a few problems, after the coating i had none. I polished the,inside of the barrel taking away any friction and ultimately giving tge barrel its proper function.

    The internals function together alot better than before with no lubing or anything. I love the look as well. The barrel was blu and the friction had cause the blu to fad. I also think the friction between the barrel and slide are smoother as well. If i could put a stock tac ops in your hand and mine youd be able to see the diffrence
     
  17. srtolly1

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    I polished feed ramps and and such before but it was needed in each case and solved the feed problems. I've also done it for cosmetic reasons. The polish does have a small amount of abrasive in it and needless to say so does the sand paper.
     
  18. Ultimate_sig

    Ultimate_sig New Member

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    I love the look and the feel of mine now
     
  19. JohnJak

    JohnJak New Member

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    The gritty tooth paste you don't like and a soft cloth fingered in the ramp will work.

    Work it back and forth in the ramp.
     
  20. DiabloMan

    DiabloMan New Member

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    Just use your finger and some 400 grit paper. Don't round off edges. Don't use a Dreml unless you have done it, a lot!