Fantastic, gents - I really appreciate the insight.
Confirmed my thoughts on the "buffer", it's in the garbage as of this minute.
I went ahead and ordered a factory guiderod/spring and will test it next to the installed (apparently Lone Wolf) for evaluation. Barring any reliability issues I'll go with whichever guiderod/spring combo gives me an acceptable brass ejection pattern (with a strong leaning towards stock, whenever possible). I'm also on the Underwood website as I type, REALLY appreciate the guidance there as well - there are still a ton of "older" posts floating around the web praising DT so you probably saved me some cash on a regrettable purchase there as well.
*** HELLBENT ***
"Pain or damage don't end the world. Or despair. Or f'ing beatings. The world ends when you're dead. Until then, you got more punishment in store. Stand it like a man, and GIVE SOME BACK." - Swearengen
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