Is there a way to fix a forcing cone on a LadySmith? At some point in the past someone used a file to remove the forcing cone area of the barrel. Too much was removed to just set back the barrel and recut the forcing cone.
The gun is one of the original .22 long S&W Ladysmith seven shot revolvers. I believe that the gun had a fractured forcing cone and the owner took a file to the breech end of the barrel and shortened it to the point that the barrel cannot be set back. A new barrel would be very difficult if not impossible to locate. I wanted to know if there was a way to fix the gun.
Shawn I did not mean to make light of your problem. The thing that I can think of would be to find another lady smith and change barrels. As you can see it;s pretty hopeless. The expense would not be worth the effort.
All the silliness above not withstanding, I did not realize that you were discussing a Model "M". Sorry.
However, there is good news. So common is this problem that Mr. David Chicoine of Old West Gunsmithing has developed a method of rebuilding the breech ends of Ladysmith .22's. I'm told that the work is very good.
To say (as has been said above) the forcing cone problems on Ladysmith revolvers is common is a kind understatement.
It was more like an epidemic!
The condition (otherwise) is what will dteermine whether or not the repair Drew suggested is worth looking into.
I DO know this: An otherwise top-condition gun, numbers matching, would sure be worth getting professionally repaired.
Chicoine is the go-to guy.