I wore out a barrel, almost catastrophicly!

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  1. Classic

    Classic
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    I was shooting my 1911 Colt Gold Cup Trophy today and noticed that everything was going low. Adjusted the sites but it was still sloppy - I'm normally one of the best shots at the range if I do say so myself. The gun has 35-40K down the pipe (all by me:)) but you wouldn't be able to tell by looking at it. I tore down the guns to clean them and as they soaked I started separating brass and noticed a cup like bulge, almost a tear in the side of every piece of 45acp brass. I looked at the barrel and noticed a depression on the inside of the barrel where the lug attaches. Then I examined the back of the lug and it's cracked where the lug base attaches to the barrel..... (Terrible pick but this should give you an idea)

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    GUYS, THIS IS WHY YOU INSPECT YOUR BRASS!!! I looked at the brass from my last range trip and there is just a hint of the now bulge area. I shoot between 200-400 rounds at least once a week and my brass is how I tune my gun. Anyway I'm thinking one more trip and I would have damaged the frame, slide and/or ME.
    Luckily Brownells has the Ed Brown NM Barrel on sale for $139.99 and I had to get another Wilson 47D mag while I was there:cool:
    Safety first guys!
     
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  2. Certaindeaf

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    Awesome. Time to wear out another one.
    What's your pet load for that ol' gal?
     
  3. Classic

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    230 gr RN Xtreme bullets
    5.2 gr AA#2 powder
    1.25 OAL

    I use the same in my Les Baer when I take it out to play ;)
     
  4. Certaindeaf

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    Right on. I remember the old days when everyone used the Hensley and Gibbs 200gr SWC. Matter a fact, I'm going to try to sell an RCBS model soon!
     
  5. MarkAd

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    let me know what you want for it
     
  6. Classic

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    ?? Not for sale, a new Ed Brown match grade barrel will be in it sometime next week.
     
  7. MarkAd

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    i though you were speaking of the H&G mold
     
  8. Velzey

    Velzey
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    Some of use still use the old Hensley molds! If it aint broke, it don't need fixing!
     
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    Glad your pistol, and you, are ok! Good job catching that crack, it sounds like too nice a pistol to ruin.
     
  10. Classic

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    I decided to send it back to Colt. The gun has been smithed (trigger reduction setup & a non MIM sear & disconnect) but I have not altered the barrel, lug, bushing or frame. Hopefully I will be able to post a plus on their customer service.
     
  11. B5Ben

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    Thanks for the tip on the Ed Brown barrel. Just ordered one up for a Franken45 that needs a replacement.
     
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