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« on: March 10, 2011, 04:16:25 PM »
what do you use to polish the feed ramps on your pistols?

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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2011, 06:06:18 PM »
i havent done it myself before but the most common thing ive heard of people doing is taking a casing and wrapping it w fine grit sandpaper
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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2011, 06:08:10 PM »
what issues are you having issues? might be mag related and not the feed ramp

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« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2011, 06:22:09 PM »
Flitz or jewelers rouge

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« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2011, 07:05:47 PM »
Many a gun ruined by a dremil.

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« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2011, 07:28:09 PM »
i would avoid the dremel as well.

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« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2011, 08:23:03 PM »
I've used what an old-timer gunsmith taught me years ago.  You take either your finger or a wooden dowel rod and wrap 400 grit sandpaper around it.  Use uni-directional strokes up and down on the feedramp until you remove the factory machine marks that are usually cut across the ramp.  Once those marks are smooth, you have changed the marks in the metal from across to up and down.  Those slight lines at the 400 grit level actually help guide the bullet in the right direction.  The theory of a mirror finish feedramp is overblown.  It's not needed at all and really does nothing for you.

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« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2011, 09:33:56 PM »
its a para-ordnance p10 45. Ive had some ftf'snot a lot.A friend of mine swears by para,but is the first to say you have to polish the feed ramp.He has been around firearms for many years. Wants me to let him polish it,but Im a diy'er,and want to learn for myself.Thanks for all the advice!

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« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2011, 10:47:49 PM »
I always use a Dremel with polish or rouge.  A little at a time and don't get in a hurry.  It's polishing, not grinding.  All I do is take the machine marks out and get a nice smooth surface devoid of any burs or nicks that can inhibit a smooth chamber and extract.  Never had an issue.  Usually polish the chamber as well.

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« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2011, 03:04:15 PM »
You need to know what you are doing before you use the dremil, though. There are countless threads on the 1911 forums where garage gunsmiths ruined their 1911 frames.

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« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2011, 03:38:58 PM »
You don't want a slicked up chamber from what I have read....
Something about it causing the slide to start cycling out of battery a bit sooner than normal.

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« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2011, 06:02:40 PM »
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You need to know what you are doing before you use the dremil, though. There are countless threads on the 1911 forums where garage gunsmiths ruined their 1911 frames.

 


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« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2011, 07:32:38 PM »
agree take it to a pro ,better safe than sorry

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« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2011, 07:35:42 PM »
Sho nuff.

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« Reply #14 on: March 12, 2011, 02:47:14 PM »
Well I did it.....took the gun apart.Wrapped a piece of 600 grit around a spent shell.Just worked it enuff to slick it up alittle.Maybe I will take it to the range tomorrow,

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« Reply #15 on: March 12, 2011, 04:53:37 PM »
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You need to know what you are doing before you use the dremil, though. There are countless threads on the 1911 forums where garage gunsmiths ruined their 1911 frames.

 
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If you are determined to polish it, Flitz on soft cloth (follow the flitz instructions) with your finger. NO sandpaper or emery cloth (they cut far too deep).
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« Reply #16 on: March 12, 2011, 05:24:22 PM »
The best polished ramp and chamber I have ever seen is on my Kahr Pm9. Mirror finish almost - from the factory that way.