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Old 10-19-2019, 09:20 AM
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Can I use the Ruger charging handle on a Kidd rod? And if so whatís the best way to get it off the old rod? Iím not a fan of the exteded knob!
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Old 10-19-2019, 09:47 AM
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Why not pick up something aftermarket? The Ruger handle is so short and there are so many nice ones available. I've used several of the PC Ti handles and like them a lot. Here are some others that I have used.





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Old 10-19-2019, 10:57 AM
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Old 10-19-2019, 11:12 AM
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Can I use the Ruger charging handle on a Kidd rod? And if so whatís the best way to get it off the old rod? Iím not a fan of the exteded knob!
I don't know if it is the best way, but I used a Dremel to remove the two humps on the rod that keep the handle captive.
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The big ones bother me, I guess Iím weird. But I do like the Kidd rod and spring.
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Old 10-19-2019, 01:30 PM
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You can grind the staking off or if you are good with a hammer and anvil flatten it out. I did just what you want on a Super Stock, an International and a trainer so I could maintain the OEM look. I have many other styles of cocking handles on my herd, some OEM, Kidd, TI, Power Custom, R/T, you get the picture.
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Old 10-19-2019, 09:10 PM
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Its actually not very big
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Old 10-19-2019, 10:12 PM
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when I used Ruger charging handles, I preferred the size of the Magnum handles


unfortunately, I don't think you can get them from Ruger anymore
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Old 10-21-2019, 11:17 AM
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Yes you can by grinding off the retaining bumps with a Dremel or a file. Actually, i had a Ruger OEM charging assembly come apart because the staking wasn't done adequately. Ruger sent me a replacement.
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Old 10-21-2019, 10:59 PM
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when I used Ruger charging handles, I preferred the size of the Magnum handles


unfortunately, I don't think you can get them from Ruger anymore
All of mine have a magnum charging handle. Used to be able to get them from EABCO but no more. They do have a "skeletized" charging handle that looks pretty good but I don't know the dimensions.

I used a jeweler's file to take the bumps off the factory guide rod. I suggest you do it in a large bag to catch the little-bitty plastic collar which will otherwise be launched across the room and never found when you get the rod turned down. While you've got it disassembled, chuck the rod in a drill and polish it.
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Old 10-21-2019, 10:59 PM
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Yes you can by grinding off the retaining bumps with a Dremel or a file.
I did this same thing and used the Ruger charging handle combined with the Kidd guide rod and spring kit. I like the OEM look too.
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I did this same thing and used the Ruger charging handle combined with the Kidd guide rod and spring kit. I like the OEM look too.
I used the Ruger OEM charging handle and recoil spring with a Tactical Innovations polished stainless steel guide rod. These TI guide rods have a groove at the front end that takes a 3/32" E-clip or a hole for a tiny hairpin cotter. These hold the assembly together for ease of installation while allowing easy changes to the recoil spring.

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Old 10-22-2019, 08:58 PM
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The old Rimfire Tech handles were like that too with the cotter pin hole. I still have one of those in the first gun I built.
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