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    Model 19 forcing cone eroded

    I bought a used Model 19 last year and other than giving it a brief inspection, put it away until this week, when I decided to shoot it. While at the range I gave it a better look see, and saw that the forcing cone was eroded and I thought it was cracked too. After bringing it home, I took the barrel off and inspected it thoroughly with a magnifying glass and other than some erosion on the end of barrel, it was not cracked and looked fairly good, but not as good as it should. The gun must have had some hot loads put through it, though it is tight with no end shake or other mechanical issues. Since I had the barrel off, I decided to cut the shoulder back in my lathe, trimmed the end of it for barrel/cylinder gap, and then re-cut the forcing cone. It looks so much better and no erosion left. I took it to the range yesterday and it shoots very well, so I am extremely happy now.
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    Re: Model 19 forcing cone eroded

    Just a minor repair.

    Lucky you have the lathe and the skills.

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    Re: Model 19 forcing cone eroded

    I love a story with a happy ending...

    Would have made a neat picture thread!!!

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    Re: Model 19 forcing cone eroded

    Thanks guys. I never even thought of making a picture thread. I was the Dept. armorer and they sent me to S&W armorers school and bought me the tool kit provided by S&W. (I got to keep the tools when I retired, as by then the Dept went to Sigs and no longer had need of the tools) I bought more tools and kept adding even more as time went on.

    I am not a gunsmith per se, but have worked on a lot of Smith revolvers over the years and am confident with most repairs. I enjoy doing it and always feel good when things come out right. I also had a contract with S&W to do the L frame recall work, as I was working for a gun shop part time too. Did a lot of local PD and Sheriff Dept. guns along with anyone else who came in and wanted the work done. I believe I ended up doing some 600 or 700 guns altogether. Went through a lot of Federal .357 mag ammo provided by S&W too.
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    Re: Model 19 forcing cone eroded

    Good for you! A friend bought a snubbie 19 years ago and it was the same as you describe. He is a machinest and turned the barrel back. He set the B/C gap at 4 thou and it has been working great ever since. i even owned the gun for about 2 years due to a trade and shot it a bit. Great guns!
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