32 Cal.MLF Supporter
- Jul 24, 2018
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The rub line or "beauty ring" is of 0 concern to me , if I had a revolver I was that protective of I wouldn't shoot it. I also have bunches of Rugers , both SA/DA and I've done the "fluff and buff" as it used to be called, to a few of them and it works well.I think Elmer Kieth had that to say of percussion revolvers shooting high on purpose but don't have the exact quote reference right at hand. I'll do some research and see what I can find on this. He actually knew and spent time with living Civil war cavalry veterans that taught him a lot about their use.
I always replace the front sight blade to hit center with a six o'clock hold on a 25 yard bull. This is best done by cutting a dovetail in lieu of the original barrel sight cut or hole,. then one has some windage adjustment without bending the front blade, holding Kentucky or turning past TDC on solid frame guns.
Also an early bolt drop is no problem if the bolt itself is polished on it's dome and has all the corners dressed,. It actually has a benefit in bleeding off (reducing) cylinder inertia by the braking action of the spring tension on it riding the cylinder circumference before it drops into the lead cut and the stop knock. If it's dressed properly as Kuanhuasen teaches it will make a rub line but will not gall the cylinder. Actually all bolts noses , single or double action, need to be dressed in this manor for smoothest performance.
I actually think a percussion Ruger GP100 would sell like hotcakes
Early bolt drop is oddly much less apparent on my revolvers with plain cylinders , as that deep , now laser engraved "roll engraving " on the Pietta cylinders can really be felt as the bolt rides across it