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how much is acceptable, gunsmith needed to tighten?
just got a used 442 in a trade and it isnt as tight as my other...
When you shot it, does it spit lead at you out the side gap?
That is too much.
It depends on how you are ascertaining cylinder play; If you are just testing the play while the gun is out of battery (finger off the trigger), it's normal to have some play. When the trigger is back (bolt engaged in bolt stop of cyl) and you have a tiny bit of play, that's acceptable, if there's a considerable amount of fore and aft movement (end shake) you may need a tune-up, if there's considerable wobble (end play) you also want that corrected.
In short, a little play is normal on a broken-in and used revolver, but enough play where you are getting lead spitting or concerns of chamber to bore alignment then the gun needs a tune-up.
Thanks, you two. :)
Surprisingly there are a lot of revolvers that come from the factory with excessive play in the cylinders. Actually is is becoming rare to find one that has all the cylinders aligned with the barrel.
With that said, most are within the tolerance levels, and shoot just fine.
Thanks Rick !
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