'Don't necessarily agree providing you don't go overboard. And if you have a Kel-tec P3AT it is absolute essential to ensure reliability . Those guns (barrels) that I have polished continue to perform perfectly after hundreds and hundreds of fired rounds. To me that's proof enough that nothing was done wrong. Am I missing something? I'd like to hear from others especially James. Thanks.[TASF said:Overkill]Too much polishing? Definitely. If they change the shape of the feedramp, or make it cut into the chamber more, that's all bad news.
I would never take a dremel to my feed ramp. Eezox and a cleaning cloth has always done a good job of keeping it silky smooth.
Thanks James. I have great respect for your judgment. So let's assume you have polished your barrel, you have fired hundreds and hundreds of rounds through it since and it's performed perfectly. Would you then say that the polishing had no negative effect - feeding, safety or otherwise? I mean how do you measure performance or lack of? To say polishing is unwise, perhaps yes, perhaps no. Just what exactly is the determinator? That's what I want to know. Wouldn't a sign of over-polishing be a failure of some kind and more than likely occur within several hundred rounds of firing? I mean at what point do you say, yeah I polished my barrel and all is well? Or d--n, did I screw things up! Thanks. Keep in mind a lot of folks polish their barrels and like me, experience no problems.ajamesp51 said:Dremmel tool have ruined more firearms than anything eles....I was talking with some of SA`s custom shop guys and they told me even Rob Leatham thought he was a smith and has messed up pistols with a dremel tool.
Yea changing the shape of the feedramp, uneven polishing sometimes you polish the middle too much and its wavy. Too much off the top will make an unsupported chamber....I think a member here did that a while back and had a case rupture on him.
Really if its smooth it means some one has attempted some type of gunsmithing on the pistol.
Some gunsmithing could mean there is other gunsmithing done. It may be good or bad.
If you know that something has or has not been done the more you know about a pistol and if you should buy it. It just means look out for some gunsmithing not everyone does smart things. In 1911`s you can polish too much easilly and mess things up.
Thanks James. Your points are well-taken. But SELL my XD?! Surely you jest! :shock:ajamesp51 said:How about this if it aint broke why fix it? If it is broke fix it until it is fixed. Really why I said to look out for it is to ask your self if it has a polished feedramp did the pistol have a history of unreliability? Then ask your self if the pistol had no problems did they fix something that did not need to be fixed and want to get rid of it. At gunshows people are trying to make money at your cost.
Now I will say this I am the type of person and I suspect that you are as well that want the full potentual out of their equipment. I have polished my ramps why becuase I enjoy doing it and as satetd maximize it to the fullest. You said that your pistol runs flawless with the polish you did a good job....but if you try to sell your pistol dont be offended if you get asked about it becuase they dont know if you knew what you were doing.
[TASF]Overkill said:Well, the problem is...
A: If someone has polished the feed ramp, they probably were experiencing feed problems.
B: There's no real way to know whether they just polished it or actually removed significant amounts of material, unless you happen to have your barrel handy.
C: If it's used and has a low round count, and the feed ramp is modified in any way, it's likely that the reason they got rid of it was because it just would not feed, no matter what modifications they made. In which case, I also assume they tried to do more than just lightly polish the feed ramp.
A. "Probably?" Not necessarily. See James' post above. How many XDs actually have feed problems? We're not talking about a Keltec P3AT here or a 1911 that won't feed hollowpoints (quite common).
B. True if you are considering buying the gun (cuz you are right, you don't know) but it doesn't address the issue of whether polishing itself is inherently a bad practice if done in moderaton and with common sense. We are not talking about grinding or sanding.
C. Conjecture. I have gotten rid of guns simply because I've tired of them not because of any problems. That's the fun of gun ownership. But to rule things out, best if you can test fire. Better yet, if you bring along a buddy who may have more experience in these things.