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Re-timing Revolvers

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Had an interesting conversation with a friend today. We were discussing the frequency with which it would become necessary to re-time a revolver.

His take was about every 1500 rds....I took issue with it based many upon the fact that most revolvers I've had have way more than that through them without any issues.

So my question is

1. What are the symptoms that you see from a revolver...telling you its time to go see the smith? Lead blowback while firing? I guess that's telling you that the cylinder is not properly lining up with the forcing cone?

2. How many rounds does this typically take? For example...I would imagine an ICORE shooter would have to be real good friends with a gunsmith if this needed to be done every 1500 rds...As I'd imagine 500 rds a month would be pretty average for usage

For the sake of discussion...we'll say S&W revolvers

What say ya'll?
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Make sure gun is unloaded to test.

Make a dowel rod just small enough to fit down the bore a few inches longer than the barrel.

Cock the hammer tilt the weapon so barrel is pointed up, insert dowel. If it falls throught the cyl good. now check all cyl's on the revolver the same way.

If it hits a bit of the cyl on the way down, that particular one is out of time.

Factory new can be slightly out of time on one or more.

Most people never notice a slight out of time because of the forcing cone on the barrel. They always wonder why out of 5 or 6 shots [depending on revolver] one is a flyer even at close ranges. Out of time on that particular cyl.

To answer your question, there is no set number of rounds for this. If it tests good, shoot it, clean it, enjoy it.

Older Smiths and Colts [police trades years ago] are still in time today after sometimes thousands of rounds.

Flipping the cyl shut [like on tv] is a sure way to get one out of time in a hurry.
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