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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:47 pm 
Hawkeye

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Only you know your skills and limitations.

Looks like the SUPER's sight is attached with a screw and a hidden vertical alignment pin. No soldering required and a simple project:

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You can crown the muzzle rifling with a sharp 1/2" or 5/8" countersink drill bit and remove any burrs. The outside edge is done by hand with file and fine sand paper using a sanding block. Or you buy crowning tool kit from Brownells if needed.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:27 pm 
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Thank you for the many replies. The current barrel is 9 1/2" long. I took the front sight off. It is silver soldered on with an aligning pin. Tomorrow I will cut the barrel to length and crown it in my lathe and then silver solder the front sight on and put the barrel back in the frame. The barrel was not hard to remove from the frame at all.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:30 am 
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Bravo, you're moving right along!

Is your front sight like the one above? what's the hole behind the front sight blade?

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:02 pm 
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I was considering a similar project and learned that SRH front sights changed from soldered to screwed on around 2013; I'd guess the hole is the sight attachment screw countersink depicted on the current models. There was much complaining at the time of the change since sights were no longer compatible with the regular RH/GP blades, although I believe from a barrel-shortening perspective the new design is probably more convenient.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:00 pm 
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The whole process took about 4 hours. This SRH did not have a over tightened barrel. Matter of fact when I put it back on I tightened it a bit more because I felt it was a little loose.

I took the barrel off. Removed the front sight. Cut the barrel to length. Chucked it up in the lathe. Made a crowning tool and crowned the barrel. Put the barrel back in the frame and set the sight on it and scribed two lines for reference. Took the barrel off. Prepared the sight and barrel and silver soldered the front sight on. Cleaned and refinished the barrel and sight. Put the barrel back in the frame. Assembled the gun and test fired it. All is good.
I wish I could post pics on this forum. I did have to make special lead inserts for my barrel clamp to fit around the front sight. The barrel length now is 4 3/4" so all that is past the frame is enough to put the front sight on.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:04 am 
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Very cool!

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 4:55 pm 
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jpickar wrote:
The whole process took about 4 hours. This SRH did not have a over tightened barrel. Matter of fact when I put it back on I tightened it a bit more because I felt it was a little loose.

I took the barrel off. Removed the front sight. Cut the barrel to length. Chucked it up in the lathe. Made a crowning tool and crowned the barrel. Put the barrel back in the frame and set the sight on it and scribed two lines for reference. Took the barrel off. Prepared the sight and barrel and silver soldered the front sight on. Cleaned and refinished the barrel and sight. Put the barrel back in the frame. Assembled the gun and test fired it. All is good.
I wish I could post pics on this forum. I did have to make special lead inserts for my barrel clamp to fit around the front sight. The barrel length now is 4 3/4" so all that is past the frame is enough to put the front sight on.
John



This is great John, If you email the pictures to me I will post them for you. abdokfk@aol.com I would love to see it and I know everyone else would. I was told it couldn't be done.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 9:23 pm 
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I am having trouble with my email. I will try and send you some pics in a couple of days.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:58 am 
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No worries John. Here they are.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 10:00 am 
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I'm thinkin you'll need a taller front sight insert.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2019 12:00 pm 
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I thought that too until I shot it. It shoots right on. I think the weight of the gun helps keep the gun from serious muzzle jump like a S&W 329! ha ha

Thanks jules for posting the pics.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:57 am 
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Nice result. For future reference by others, it really seems to be a "Ruger-Smithing" section topic. Searching all over the forum for a gunsmithing topic gets tedious.

Cutting, welding, polishing, re-crowning, replacement of sight(s) and calculating sight height... sounds like a simple task, but the experts may not find this in other sections?

Good luck with the project. (Have you contacted some of the well-known 'smiths to find a completed shorter barrel? Could make the job much easier).

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