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Old 02-07-2009, 05:56 AM
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Slide rail stoning




I noticed, what looks like, someone took a metal file and tried to file down the inside slide rail on my 1911 (previous to my purchase). The surface has slight serrations as a result and I want to stone the surface flat. I have some dykem blue layout fluid to be able to find the low points. How do I make sure that the stone is horizontally level as I work?
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Old 02-07-2009, 06:04 AM
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Might you be better served by first simply lubricating the gun and shooting it?

That might smooth out those 'marks'.
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Old 02-07-2009, 06:18 AM
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Did you buy just a frame or is it a complete working gun? If its just a frame I would say fit it to the slide first the marks might or might not come out but if you take them out before fitting to a frame, might make the fit loose. Now if its on a pistol that runs and is tight, you might not want to touch it at all.
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Old 02-07-2009, 09:25 AM
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This is a gun that I've had for a little while, but I noticed these markings when I was looking closely at it. I've put about 700 rounds through it, so firing it won't remove the marks. The markings can barely be felt if you run a fingernail across them; However, there seems to be some gulling on the frame rails where the two surfaces contact.
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Old 02-07-2009, 09:27 AM
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What lubricant are you using?
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Old 02-07-2009, 10:59 AM
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If you have a working gun that has 700 rounds through it the only thing you will do by stoning the rails will be to make the slide to frame fit looser. Monitor the areas that you feel are galled and if necessary take the finest stone you own and remove any burrs or high spots in that local area and lube well after cleaning thoroughly. Do not try to remove any metal to eliminate "low" spots. They don't hurt anything and hold lube that can redistribute and prevent wear in the future.
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Old 02-07-2009, 11:33 AM
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What do the rails on the slide look like? I would tak it to a smith. frame-slide fit isn't something that can be fixed easily, and it affects how the gun shoots.
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