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Old 10-05-2012, 12:41 PM   #1
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Who's a Good Single Action Smith?

Thinking about cutting down the barrels in my 2 Ruger Vaquero 44's from 5 1/2" to 4 5/8" or maybe shorter who's good Smith for this? looks like the biggest part of the job is to remount the sight blades, can't even find a Gun Smith of any kind in my area.
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Old 10-05-2012, 02:40 PM   #2
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That is a lot of money to shorten a barrel 3/4 of a inch . I don't believe you or the gun will noice a differents . I did 100% of the gunsmithing on this gun myself .



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So did you cut off the sight end or the threaded end and rethread it?
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So did you cut off the sight end or the threaded end and rethread it?


Use a tubing cutter and scribe a mark around barrel , take a fine blade hacksaw and go around the line going deeper and deeper till you cut it half . Then take coarse sandpaper , use your thumb and keep rotate back and forth and turning the barrel till you get it smooth . Take a brass round head screw and chuck it in a drill and going in a circle to get the recessed crown . Shoot it and look at the star pattern on the muzzle and see if it is even . You can always buy $100 tool or take to a gunsmith and have it crowned for under $30 .
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Old 10-06-2012, 09:30 AM   #5
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Cutting and recrowning the barrel I can handle the problem is I want my blade sights put back on, which is cutting a grove in line with the rear sight and re soldering it in place, none of it very hard work, just don't have the gun smithing equipment to do it.
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:07 AM   #6
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Before you cut the barrel using the old sight as a guild to mark the barrel and if wind adjustment was needed before you cut the barrel clock the sight to correct it . Use a Dremel cutoff wheel to cut groove in barrel for sight . Use a very small amount flax and solder so it don't run out . The solder will only stick where flax is and heat the sight NOT the barrel . Vice grips and wood will hold the sight in place why you solder it . It's sound hard but it is a piece of cake .
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:01 PM   #7
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Clever!

When I had my machine shop with full sized equipment it was surprising how often I still used a Dremel tool.
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:47 PM   #8
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I've burned out every Dremel I've ever used to bad they can't make one that lasts.
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:00 PM   #9
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I have 4 Dremels .The 2 electric ones are over 15 yrs old , one is a 2 speed and one is a variable speed and I have 2 with batterys one is 10 years old and ther other one is 6 yr old . 1 needs new battery but I can the whole Dremel for a little more .
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Had 6 in the last 3 years all burned out so I tossed them.
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Old 10-06-2012, 07:13 PM   #11
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Was checking out Clements web site looks like they do nice work and not all that expensive.
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If that's this guy,

http://www.clementscustomguns.com/home.html

I have heard good things about his work. I would love to have him do some projects for me.
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:59 AM   #13
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Yeah that's the sight I looked at, wish I could find a local shop hate to ship my guns, I don't trust shipping company's very much and it really costs you now day to ship guns.
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It cost me $114.00 to ship a PT-100 to Taurus. After that I use a dealer for shipping. It has been much cheaper.
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It cost me $114.00 to ship a PT-100 to Taurus. After that I use a dealer for shipping. It has been much cheaper.
$114 wow they held you up with you own gun
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Unlike a dealer I had to ship Fed. Ex. Next Day delivery. That and insurance got me. That is the government, not Taurus. Dealers can ship much more economically, as we used to be able to. When UPS stopped ground shipping for guns their reason was to reduce theft. So because their employees felt free to steal they made their customers pay for next day air.

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To Taurus's credit they fixed it free and shipped it to my door. I bought the gun new but it had a broken firing pin. I waited ten years before sending it back to them. Can't fault their service.
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I had a broken Henry for about eight years before I sent it back and got it fixed.
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I have heard and read John Gallagher is outstanding with S/A revolvers and a cut and crown is only $150 and that includes reinstalling the front sight.

http://www.gallagherfirearms.com/default.asp?page=3
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