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Frame Wear @ Recoil Guide Rod

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.22LR
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Joined: Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:53 pm
PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:38 am
I have run about 800 rounds of range ammo (Fiocchi 95 grain FMJ) through my RM380.

My regular routine is to clean and oil (Remoil patches) it after each visit to the range. As I was cleaning it on Saturday, I noticed what I think is substantial wear because of the nice shiny aluminum patches:

1) along the slide rails (probably normal unless it causes drag of the barrel block?)
2) guide rod pocket (concern)
3) barrel locking block pivot point (probably normal unless it causes failure to feed?)

Question to the gallery at large... is the wear "normal"?
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.22LR
Posts: 12
Joined: Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:53 pm
PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:09 am
I sent a note to Remington, they replied with a note about the break down pin NOT being a problem...
Obviously, they either did not read my e-mail, or they mixed up my e-mail with another response.

I responded to their bogus response, including the photo in the original post... no reply yet (it's Friday).

I also sent it to Brandyn at Galloway Precision, who says it's pretty much normal wear, but if the slide is bottoming out against the frame during cycling, that I should replace the recoil springs.
Fiocchi is not listed as +P ammo, but maybe an increased spring rate would slow down the quote unquote normal wear? It's only 800 rounds...

Does the RM380 have a 1000 round service life?

Anyone have photos and round count to compare?

.410
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Joined: Sat Jul 01, 2017 1:03 pm
PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 7:05 am
I have 850 rounds through my RM380 and I will try to post some pictures for you this weekend.

.410
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:46 am
850 rounds through mine. Lots of wear.

From day one I've used the Galloway recoil springs that are heavier than stock. I replaced the recoil springs again with Galloway at about 750 rounds. I have never used ammo with a +P designation.

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.22LR
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:10 pm
Thanks for the photo...

I guess it's "normal" wear.
It really makes me wonder what they consider the number of rounds be for a "lifetime" on a gun, because it seems like ours are very similar. I only just ordered the Galloway recoil springs because of this...

Is there any way to harden aluminum to make it wear better? Probably not.

Maybe I'll blue the contact points and see how they fare with the new springs.

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