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Oops! Turned my barrel

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by nwwoodsman, Apr 18, 2016.

  1. nwwoodsman

    nwwoodsman Vernonia Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    Tonight while trying to remove the flash hider on my Ruger GSR the barrel turned about an 1/8th of an inch. Flash hider is on TIGHT!How big of a deal is this? Will it have to go back to Ruger or will a gunsmith be able to fix it? Ruger customer service is closed for the night and not knowing is driving me nuts. Picture is looking at the top of the rifle where the barrel meets the receiver.

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  2. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    "Hey Ruger, advise on this picture..."

    ;)

    $.02
    Barrel shouldn't have come unscrewed in the first place. Unless you had gun in vice and a 3' extension.
     
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  3. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    Its ruined
     
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  4. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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  5. nwwoodsman

    nwwoodsman Vernonia Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    Not even close. One guy holding the rifle and me with a wrench. I didn't beleive him at first when he said he saw the barrel move
     
  6. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    Inconceivable!!

    I've put allot of pressure on barrels in the past, and never ever had this happen.
    Ruger will take care of you!
     
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  7. nwwoodsman

    nwwoodsman Vernonia Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    Called Ruger and had an RMA and a paid shipping label within minutes. I'll update as things progress.
     
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  8. Larrytpdx

    Larrytpdx Portland, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Nice to hear. I have 3 Rugers including an AR556 and have never had a problem.
     
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  9. nwwoodsman

    nwwoodsman Vernonia Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    I have the AR556, GSR and 10/22. This is the only issue I have ever had with a Ruger and I can't say that part of the blame doesn't fall on me
     
  10. v0lcom13sn0w

    v0lcom13sn0w Keizer, or Well-Known Member

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    u get a very very good rifle with the AR556 compared to others in the price range. would recommend a trigger job tho.
     
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  11. v0lcom13sn0w

    v0lcom13sn0w Keizer, or Well-Known Member

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    its gonna be ok man. ruger will take care of you.
     
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  12. Larrytpdx

    Larrytpdx Portland, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    LOL. That was the second thing I did!
     
  13. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Unless you're built like this guy.

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  14. Larrytpdx

    Larrytpdx Portland, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    @jbett98 When are you gonna quit posting selfies?! :p
     
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  15. 2A2Dend

    2A2Dend .. Well-Known Member

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    If I had been in the situation, put the FH back on to reset the barrel (maybe it would re-calibrate), then clamp barrel between two pieces of UHMW (or something) in a bench vise, then remove FH. No worries.



    Then again, always clamping the barrel in a vise to remove the FH is good thinking :rolleyes:
     
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  16. CLT65

    CLT65 Yamhill County Active Member

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    More disconcerting than the barrel being moved is the fact that it was loose enough for you to be able to move it without special tools. Like someone else said, that barrel shouldn't ever move without the use of a good barrel vise and action wrench. Looks like it was never torqued correctly (or at all) from the factory.

    Sending it back to Ruger was a good call.
     
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  17. 2A2Dend

    2A2Dend .. Well-Known Member

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    Not meaning to come across a smart alec, but given the distance of the barrel, torquing on the FH, without first clamping (preferred is as close to the FH as possible) puts a lot of force (twisted flex) in the length, which in-turn can seriously damage the natural form in the shape. To also the accuracy.
     
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  18. nwwoodsman

    nwwoodsman Vernonia Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    Lesson learned. Future gun smithing will not be done with a neighbor on the front porch with no prior research
     
  19. nwwoodsman

    nwwoodsman Vernonia Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    Rifle arrived at Ruger yesterday. Got a phone call today and they are sending me a brand new one free of charge. Got an email this afternoon saying it is on the Fed Ex truck. I know who will be getting my money from now on! More than impressed with their customer service
     
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  20. 308

    308 ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ Platinum Supporter Silver Supporter

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    In light of the retarded SB941, does Ruger transfer the new serial numbered firearm to your name? From a Phloyd & Ginney perspective, it would seem a new BGC would be required.