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Old 09-12-2017, 06:58 PM
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Took my 66-8 to the range today to throw some wadcutters through it. Noticed the rounds were tumbling and tearing my target. Tried the same ammo through my 10-5 with no issues.

Brought it home and cleaned it to inspect it. Not sure whats causing the tumbling but I have a crack in my frame behind the yoke/crane assembly. Looks like she'll be taking a trip back to the mothership

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What a shame. Keep us up to date on what S&W does for you. Good luck
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I have seen pics of one that had no rifling in the barrel. Does yours have lands and grooves? Never seen a crack in that location, strange. Keep us posted on what you learn. Thanks
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Grooves looked ok. I'm no expert. But something was up. Here's the target. You can see the difference between the model 10's holes vs the 66's tears

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Does it do that with any other type of ammo? Target paper with firm backer would help, loose thin paper will often tear. Did you shoot one with only 66? What distance?
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Wow sorry to hear that happen.
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I have seen pics of one that had no rifling in the barrel. Does yours have lands and grooves? Never seen a crack in that location, strange. Keep us posted on what you learn. Thanks
I'm not sure how to feel about this, but I'm pretty sure I'm not allowed to say what I'm leaning towards. So everyone just make sure you check new revolvers for rifling now.

Good luck in your quest for redemption OP. Not sure how a crack ended up in that location either, just wish I could say it was surprising.

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the paper was taped onto a thicker construction paper type target. That target also had some tears. Had no issues with the 10-5 shooting nice wadcutter holes. The larger target was 10 yards and this target with the smaller circles was 5 yards
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I've seen 158gr and wadcutters do that to paper. Without a cardboard backing. .............

Keyhole-ing. In my opinion sometimes happens with low powdered rounds and movement of the wrist. You may notice sometimes it won't happen?

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I have seen pics of one that had no rifling in the barrel. Does yours have lands and grooves? Never seen a crack in that location, strange. Keep us posted on what you learn. Thanks
Same here, seen no lands/groves in an AR-15 barrel before... I've never seen a crack in that location either. Weird! OP, can you get some better pics with a good light on that crack for us???
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It is on its journey back to smith. I'll let you guys know what the outcome is. Looking forward to getting it or a replacement back.
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I have seen pics of one that had no rifling in the barrel.
I just spoke with someone who claims to know a guy who had this happen. Maybe he saw the same pic on the internet or maybe there was a batch of barrels that missed a step.
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Expletives deleted! Too much of this happening to 66-8s! I'm glad I got a 66-2 companion for mine.
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I just spoke with someone who claims to know a guy who had this happen. Maybe he saw the same pic on the internet or maybe there was a batch of barrels that missed a step.
I know for a fact that a batch of Palmetto State Armory's house brand, "P-Tac" had a batch of rifles come in and go out to consumers with no lands or groves. S#it happens all the time. Most of the time a company like Smith & Wesson has the QA/QC that catches stuff like that before it leaves the door. Other manufacturers with so-so quality control, sometimes, stuff slips thru the cracks...
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