Solution – The Action Job
These Cowboy guns are old designs that just won’t take the abuse of the CAS game right out of the box. The Rugers are the exception, but I don’t consider them to be an old design like the other CAS guns.
I’ve said this a thousand times. What we are doing is like taking the family sedan (or stock gun) to the race track. You can do that once or twice, but if you do it on a regular basis you will eventually see your crankshaft in the rearview mirror. It’s the same with these guns. If you don’t tune them to race and do the things to make them last they will eat themselves up. The rest of the story is “There’s action job, then there’s “Full race action jobs”.
My action work is for weekend shooters and not for the on the edge pros. The analogy I like to use for racing with guns is racing with cars. You have pro racing like NASCAR and NHRA. For guns the equivalent would be full race action work. Then you have guys that race their daily driver on the weekends. That daily driver has to be reliable to get you to work every day but it has to be a smooth well running car on the weekends when you are ready to race. That’s why I call my action work Race Ready, not full race.
What I consider to be a standard Race ready action job is to clean them up so they aren’t eating themselves up, refit the poorly fitted parts so they will work with lighter springs. What you have then is a gun that is pleasant to shoot and will last.
I don`t recommend Full race action work for weekend shooters
A full race action job is like a full race race car. It`s highly competitive, finely tuned but right on the edge of breaking. When I was racing, I could tell when my car was about to grenade on me, it never run better. That`s why all the top racers (Guns and cars) have two or three spares in different stages of rebuild.
If you are a weekend racer/Cowboy shooter, you gotta do the things to them to make them last. If you are going to race/cowboy shoot with NASCAR`s Darrel Waltrip or SASS`s Evil Roy, you better have three or four full-race cars/guns for backup.
The action job consists of easing up on that loading gate, and cleaning up the sharp edges plus shortening the mag tube spring to make it load easier. The most important, though, is the ejector spring, which is part of the bolt. This spring makes it hard to open and close that first and last 1/4 inch. The last item I work on is the trigger return spring. It will be adjusted for a 3 to 3 1/2 pound pull. That’s the basic action job. On occasion the Rossi’s will be so poorly timed that I’ll have to do some timing work. If this is the case with yours, I will contact you. Timing rarely takes more than a half hour shop time to fix. My rate for shop time is $40.00 per hour or $20.00 normally to fix this problem.