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cylinder play

Discussion in 'The Snubbie Club' started by isis07734, Apr 7, 2010.

  1. isis07734

    isis07734 Nice guy

    Feb 8, 2006
    how much is acceptable, gunsmith needed to tighten?

    just got a used 442 in a trade and it isnt as tight as my other...
  2. G33

    G33 Frisky! Millennium Member CLM

    May 29, 1999
    With G29
    When you shot it, does it spit lead at you out the side gap?
    That is too much.

  3. Berto

    Berto woo woo

    Sep 15, 2003
    It depends on how you are ascertaining cylinder play; If you are just testing the play while the gun is out of battery (finger off the trigger), it's normal to have some play. When the trigger is back (bolt engaged in bolt stop of cyl) and you have a tiny bit of play, that's acceptable, if there's a considerable amount of fore and aft movement (end shake) you may need a tune-up, if there's considerable wobble (end play) you also want that corrected.
    In short, a little play is normal on a broken-in and used revolver, but enough play where you are getting lead spitting or concerns of chamber to bore alignment then the gun needs a tune-up.
  4. ricklee4570


    Sep 11, 2009
    Surprisingly there are a lot of revolvers that come from the factory with excessive play in the cylinders. Actually is is becoming rare to find one that has all the cylinders aligned with the barrel.

    With that said, most are within the tolerance levels, and shoot just fine.