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Old 04-28-2018, 02:25 PM
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Ruger 1911 10mm barrel lug broke

Hello everyone,
Iím new here.
I got a new Ruger 10mm several months ago. I fired it about 200 rounds with S&B 180g FSJ ammo. When I was cleaning it, I found that the lug on the bottom of the barrel was almost completely sheared off. I sent it to Ruger and they replaced the barrel.
Today I fired another 200 rounds of the same ammo and, the lug on the new barrel is cracked. This time from the front to the link pin. I will call them again. I have a picture of the replacement barrel to post when I figure out how. There are several instances of the same thing in the Ruger forum.
Just want to make people aware of the problem.
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Old 04-28-2018, 02:35 PM
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I wonder what the VIS looks like.
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Old 04-29-2018, 07:42 AM
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please do post pics when you get a chance, as I am considering a Ruger 10mm.
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Old 04-29-2018, 03:46 PM
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Got mine last fall but have only put a few hundred rounds through it but they have been mild to wild. May field strip it before I go out again and check out that area under an inspection microscope.

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Old 04-29-2018, 09:49 PM
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Work and the weather has kept mine in the case!?, I'll have to keep an eye on this when I get to shooting it!, hopefully my luck won't run out!?, my full size and CMD both still wear their original front sights.
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Old 05-10-2018, 07:03 PM
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This is the second one, I did not take a picture of the first one.
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Old 05-11-2018, 05:25 AM
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I wonder what the VIS looks like.
After seeing that pic, this is my question as well.
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Old 05-11-2018, 10:05 AM
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Legend has it that Ruger 1911 barrels are machined from castings.
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Old 05-12-2018, 07:05 AM
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I've seen other ramped 10mm barrels and the lugs are rounded, with more material in front of the link grove to hit the "VIS". Even so, I would think that a flat surface would be fine if there's enough material.

Thanks for posting the pic and sorry for your situation.
I'm sure they will eventually make things right, it's just wrong that this is even happening though.
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Old 05-12-2018, 08:02 AM
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This is the second one, I did not take a picture of the first one.
If that part was from a forged piece of steel how could it crack like that?
And this is the second time around? Bummer.
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Old 05-12-2018, 11:12 AM
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Please let us know what Ruger's response is especially to the second one.
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Old 05-17-2018, 09:43 PM
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If you look on the Ruger Forum you will see that this is not an isolated case. I have one and love it but now I'm little hesitant to shoot it. The machining inside my barrel looks like somebody ran a Brillo pad through it, really scratched up.
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Old 05-17-2018, 11:28 PM
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OP, request that Ruger include two replacement barrels this time so that you have less down time on the third fail.
Three's a charm!
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Old 05-19-2018, 07:58 AM
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I got my 10mm back from Ruger.

They installed another barrel (the third one), and the note read “installed new barrel, fired 50 rounds of Black Hills 230 grain fmj with no malfunctions “. I looked online and there is no such ammo!
I read somewhere that insanity is; doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results.

They did add some small scratches to the frontstrap while they had it.

Anyway, I fired 180 rounds and it did not break but, the other two broke at about 200 rounds. I will keep shooting and see what happens.

I was a Ruger fan before this but, now I am no longer enthusiastic about them.
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Old 05-20-2018, 07:56 PM
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Sorry for your troubles, but your situation with Ruger changed my mind about buying one. Have a Delta that I only shoot with an Ed Brown 40 S&W barrel installed and a Glock 20,looking for another 10mm. Maybe I should look into the RIA. Folks seem pretty happy with those.
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Old 05-21-2018, 01:53 AM
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Legend has it that Ruger 1911 barrels are machined from castings.
I just read about this in a gun mag article reviewing a Ruger 1911. Ruger machines their 1911 barrels from barstock. The writer got that tidbit directly from Ruger.
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Old 05-22-2018, 07:36 PM
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Ruger machines their 1911 barrels from barstock.
Well, the fact that they just replace the barrels suggests that they have an issue with them. I was considering a 10mm Nightwatchman, as I've been really happy with my .45 version. I'm leaning towards a sig now. Too many barrels mangled for me.

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Maybe I should look into the RIA. Folks seem pretty happy with those.
My first RIA 51991 10mm was a complete POS . They swiftly replaced it with a decent version though, and I'm content with that. It just fails to hold open after last round 60% of the time now and the cheap parkerized finish is wearing fast. Shoots nice though.
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Old 05-23-2018, 08:35 AM
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Legend has it that Ruger 1911 barrels are machined from castings.
According to the information from Ruger when their 1911s were released to the public, the barrel, bushing and slide are machined from bar stock SS.
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Old 06-16-2018, 09:23 PM
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I sent my SR1911 CMD back for a new barrel right out of the box, and almost gave up on it. They made it right for me though.
It’s definitely frustrating.
Ruger does have some QC issues but I can definitely say that they did right by me... hopefully your situation will work out for you.

I will also say, though, that you didn’t look very hard if you couldn’t find 230 FMJ from Black Hills... it’s pretty much everywhere.

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I got my 10mm back from Ruger.

They installed another barrel (the third one), and the note read “installed new barrel, fired 50 rounds of Black Hills 230 grain fmj with no malfunctions “. I looked online and there is no such ammo
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Old 06-16-2018, 10:41 PM
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I sent my SR1911 CMD back for a new barrel right out of the box, and almost gave up on it. They made it right for me though.
Itís definitely frustrating.
Ruger does have some QC issues but I can definitely say that they did right by me... hopefully your situation will work out for you.

I will also say, though, that you didnít look very hard if you couldnít find 230 FMJ from Black Hills... itís pretty much everywhere.
Sounds like a 45 load to me. Not 10mm.

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Old 06-18-2018, 09:23 AM
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Sounds like a 45 load to me. Not 10mm.

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Yup, brain fart on my part... thinking 10mm but the signals got crossed between my head and my fingers...
I imagine it was a brain fart on the part of the Ruger tech who wrote the notes as well. Black Hills 230Gr fmj is what they use to test fire the .45's that come through their shop... I had the same notes with mine when I got it back.
Not excusing it, the tech needs to be sure to put accurate notes on his work orders.
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Old 06-23-2018, 09:00 AM
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Most likely from a stress fracture due to that inside corner not having enough radius. If you want to start a crack - that's how you do it. Also if the barrel lug is stiking the VIS on the bottom instead of the top it will fail.

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Old 06-26-2018, 12:42 PM
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I appreciate the sharing of information by those who have experienced the cracking of their 10mm barrel lugs. Good luck with getting the problem solved. Has anyone read or heard anything regarding the number of pistols that have failed?

I've put several hundred rounds through mine, with a small portion of that total being rounds in the over 1,200 feet per second category. So far, thankfully, no issues.

It appears that the barrel on my pistol is property contacting the VIS and that the barrel link is fitted correctly. Time will tell if things continue to hold up.
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Old 08-30-2018, 12:25 PM
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Does anyone know if Ruger worked these issues out?
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Old 08-30-2018, 03:35 PM
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Mine that I bought last fall is still banging along. I did put some different stocks on it. Years ago I bought some stocks off the shopruger.com site and they called them Delta grips. I told myself that if Ruger every made a 10mm I would have to put them on it.



I do reeeeeely check mine over when I get back from shooting it and am field stripping and cleaning it, as in the barrel lug area.
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