Metal Bubbling - Taurus Tracker


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Old 11-24-13, 08:33 AM
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Metal Bubbling - Taurus Tracker

I have a Taurus Tracker revolver and while cleaning it last night I noticed the metal finish is bubbling around the perimeter of the barrel (cylinder side). The gun is only about a year old and I've only put a couple hundred rounds through it. Does this sound like a manufacturer defect or something caused by lack of cleaning? I"ll post a pic once my camera is charged up.
 

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Old 11-24-13, 08:50 AM
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Bubbling? I can't really picture what you mean. Sure it's not just carbon/lead build up around the forcing cone? What finish is it? SS or blue?

I've heard of flame cutting the top strap on hi velocity rounds like .357, but nothing like you describe.
 
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Old 11-24-13, 08:53 AM
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It is stainless steel but with some sort of matte finish. The are that is bubbling is the same color as the finish, so not carbon buildup. Maybe lead buildup then? It doesn't come off with the soft brush I have. Is it okay to use the metal barrel brush to try to scrape it off? I'm also probably not using the best cleaner. I currently have an all-in-one cleaner plus oil Never really been a big fan of all-in-one anything.

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Old 11-24-13, 09:13 AM
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Yeah, just a matte (not polished) SS. It's not a finish like a paint or blue, it's just the metal the gun is made of. I can't imagine any way it could "bubble".


EDIT: Saw your other info. They make a product specifically for lead/carbon removal. It's some sort of impregnated rag. Not sure of the name, I'll check to see if I still have any around.
 
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Old 11-24-13, 09:27 AM
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I guess it's just called a rust and lead removal cloth. Hoppes makes them as well as a few others.

Just saw the pics...looks like lead to me. Is it the same on the other side? If not, seems like the timing is slightly off on the gun.

As to a cleaner, I use Hoppes #9 then follow up with a light oiling where needed.
 
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Thanks for the info. I'll pick one of those up, including the cleaner. Come to think of it, I'm pretty sure my wife got me that cleaner last xmas. Where the heck did I put that?

There is no buildup on the left side, but the gun is very accurate.
 
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Old 11-24-13, 10:34 AM
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If it comes off with the rag thing, then it's definitely lead. Even though it shoots well, spitting lead out one side like that just isn't right. Ideally the gap between forcing cone and cylinder should be tight and even all the way around and the cylinder properly timed to start the bullet directly in the center of the bore.
 
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Ok. I'll probably send it in for service then. Taurus has a lifetime repair policy.
 
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I would at least contact them and possibly send a picture of how it looks after just a few hundred rounds.
 
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Is the lead residual from the powder charge or are you saying a minute amount of the bullet is being shaved off and deposited on the frame when fired? And I heard it is better to use lead bullets as opposed to FMJs in a revolver. What is the reason for this?
 
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I'll be shipping the revolver back to Taurus for repair (or maybe replacement). Once I get it back, I'll be selling it. Already bought a replacement (Ruger SP101), which was the other revolver I was considering before deciding on the Taurus.
 

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