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Old 12-17-2009, 10:33 PM
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I'd like to get my dad's old Bearcat (1950's) up and running. It's clockwork is good, but the bbl and cylinder are pretty badly pitted from some nasty ammo at some point during its life.

I called Ruger a while ago and they said that the cylinders of the newer Bearcats were a slightly different length and they didn't think they could fit one to the old frame.

Anyone know someone who could sleeve the bbl and cylinder on this? It's a sentimental piece, but I'd like to be able to shoot it again.

Thanks in advance,

LJ
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Old 12-17-2009, 10:45 PM
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Try this guy, .....he carries parts for the Old Model Bearcat & Old Model Super Bearcat. He may have new and used barrels and cylinders...right there in his shop.

Dick Williams Gun Shop
Saginaw, Michigan
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before you do any work, have you tried shooting it?

im not sure of the issues/hazards of shooting a pitted barrel/cylinder, but depending on the severity/location i would think its okay. the cleaning maybe a pia, but ?
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before you do any work, have you tried shooting it?

im not sure of the issues/hazards of shooting a pitted barrel/cylinder, but depending on the severity/location i would think its okay. the cleaning maybe a pia, but ?
I haven't done accuracy testing, but the cylinder is so badly pitted that extraction is very difficult. Looks like a classic case of too many shorts fired in it. I'm thinking the LR cases are bulging into the corroded ring left by the shorts.


Thanks Green, I have an email in to Williams Shop.

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You may also want to ask your question here;

http://www.rugerforum.com/phpBB/

I bought a 1960s Super Blackhawk with a rusted and corroded ejector housing. These guys helped me out and the gun now looks and works like new.
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Old 12-18-2009, 10:45 AM
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Do not send it to Ruger. They will do the Xfer/bar mod and you will not be happy.

Contact;

Wes Flowers, 520-826-0012

Wes is in Cochise, Az.

He is also one of the best Ruger mechanics in the US.

Wes, did repairs on two BC's for me a few years ago. He has parts for all rugers.
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