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Old 04-06-2021, 07:40 PM
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I’m double dipping a bit having posted this also over on the Ruger forum.

So I picked up the Wrangler Cowpoke edition over the weekend.I fired 12 cylinders worth so 72 rounds of Rem Goldens and Federal black box. From a rest at 15 yards it shot both brands of ammo 4 inches low aiming at a 2 inch dot using 6 o’clock hold and roughly 3 inches low holding dead on the dot.Windage was spot on and grouping was pretty good..So not bad there as I rather elevation be off than windage.

When the gates open and it’s in free spin the cylinder feels likes it’s dragging some. Spinning it hard with hand only gets a couple revolutions. Also I noticed some early marks already. This might be normal and if it is so be it. And a line is being scored on the outside of the cylinder as well. Again if this is normal then ok.
Would you single action owners and particularly Wrangler owners mine telling me if this is normal or do I need to call Ruger.
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Old 04-06-2021, 08:00 PM
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I have about a brick through my Wrangler, and there is a drag mark around the cylinder.

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Old 04-06-2021, 08:55 PM
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I no longer have mine..But I would expect there to have been some finish wearing on mine also early on. For a sub 200.00 pistol I expect it to be normal..For that price you cannot expect a whole lot..
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Old 04-06-2021, 08:57 PM
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Those wear marks are totally normal and nothing to be worried about. The marks on the outside of the cylinder is just the locking bolt dropping early and that is the way Rugers are designed. The other marks on the cylinder and frame is just from the cerakote wearing off which again is totally normal. Enjoy your Ruger single action revolver.
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Old 04-06-2021, 10:24 PM
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Ask Ruger,
Forums have lots of good information, and plenty that isn't so good..

Contact Ruger customer service,

https://www.ruger.com/dataProcess/customerService/
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Old 04-07-2021, 05:46 AM
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The cylinder rotation will for sure losen up a lot the more you shoot it. Mine was the same when I bought it, very stiff. Now it spins freely. Spraying some clp inside the cylinder where it spins will help as well.
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Old 04-07-2021, 08:58 AM
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I appreciate the responses. It wouldn’t be right to not show some pics of rest of the pistol now I suppose.I really like the holster it came with.A Desantis wild hog with but with the Ruger eagle.DFB3566A-AF1E-4E80-8A63-4B9C0A010AE4_1617803813467.jpg77CCEC3B-0F3F-4A58-9535-B71EF67B64FA_1617803795995.jpg
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Normal for a Ruger.
Ideally the cylinder lock would drop into the ramp to the locking notch rather than up top. That rarely happens on a production gun.
If you watch the way that bolt comes up and makes contact, and when, you can try to avoid that as much as possible in the way you handle and manipulate the gun.
You may be able to lessen the drag mark look with a Magic Marker.
Fwiw, I lightly stone the leading edge of that locking bolt (that comes up from the frame) so it isnt a sharp, square edge hitting the cylinder. And I gently smooth the top of the locking bolt too. Seems to have helped on my Rugers (not Wrangler models), ymmv.
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Old 04-07-2021, 11:09 PM
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these are the cheap items in their lineup , what do you expect from the least cost finish and fit ?
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Id choose a Wrangler in a heartbeat over the old 'Buffalo logo' F.I.E., made in Germany clone of the Colt's Frontier Scout or a Heritage (Ive had all those 3). I should have bought when the Wrangler was first introduced, could have had one out the door for under $200.
A cheap Ruger is still a Ruger. To some that doesnt say or mean much but they are in a minority.

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Old 04-08-2021, 01:31 PM
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If the gun pictured is "normal" mine is abnormal.
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