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Do I need a new barrel?

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by Modeler, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. Modeler

    Modeler Molalla, Oregon Soccer Fan

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    Took my used S&W 4003 TSW shooting today using Remington UMC 165 gr rounds. I picked up my brass (I'm starting to do reloading) and they appeared to be bulged. Something like 1mm +/-. The bulge is equal starting from about 3mm up from the base and goes all the way to the end. The machining marks from the chamber are imprinted in the case and are clearly visible. The gun is a police trade-in, so I'm concerned that maybe the chamber has 'grown' over thousands of practice rounds. Any thoughts?

    Greg
     
  2. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    Mark all the rounds in a mag down the side with a sharpy and load with mark side up. this will give you an idea if the bulging is consistant and what area of the barrel/chamber it is in. In my opinion if it is UMC ammo try a different brand and see if it is still happening.
     
  3. darkminstrel

    darkminstrel PDX Well-Known Member

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    How many rounds went through the pistol in that shooting trip? Did they all show the problem or just some? Run some other ammo through the weapon to see if the malforming is consistent or specific to the UMC.

    And if all else fails; Smith & Wesson Barrel S&W 4003, 410 - MidwayUSA
     
  4. Modeler

    Modeler Molalla, Oregon Soccer Fan

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    About 100 rounds; they all showed expansion. I'll try to take a pic and post it later.

    Greg
     
  5. Modeler

    Modeler Molalla, Oregon Soccer Fan

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    Here's the pic:

    photo2.jpg

    Now that I look at it closer, the bulge is on one side only (the left side in this picture). It's probably 0.75-1.0mm, extending uniformly from the mouth of the case to the shiny part of the case in the photo. All casings show this bulge. Big deal or no?

    Greg
     
  6. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    If it is ejecting them with no issues I would say not a big deal.
     
  7. Modeler

    Modeler Molalla, Oregon Soccer Fan

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    Ok, thanks! So are they still reloadable? Will they resize repeatedly, or will the swelling shorten the case life?

    Greg
     
  8. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    I would say still reloadable but would watch for cracks after resizing with the UMC brass.
     
  9. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    UMC brass is pretty thin and my least favorite to reload. Definitely try some Winchester or Federal..