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Old 01-17-2016, 03:24 AM
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Got tired of the ridiculously tight chambers which were essentially non-functional on my K22. After one cylinder required a hammer or a bloody hand. See my other threads on chamber measurement.

So, I purchased a finish reamer from Brownells and went to work.

EXTREMELY PLEASED with the results!

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1. This is EASY and CHEAP to do.
2. This completely fixes the ejection problem these guns are known for.
3. There will still be a significant "tight" area ahead of the base of the chamber after reaming. See pic below.
4. Leave the extractor in while reaming. Mine certainly benefited from the chamber reamer as several charging hole cuts were off, and several weren't actually flush with the cylinder recess. Primer strikes are better than they were, now, as all cartridge rims are actually sitting flush with extractor and cylinder recess.

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You can see here where the reamer finished in the bottom left chamber. The tighter area ahead of the now correctly-sized chamber will swage down the bullet to the same diameter as the original S&W chambering, before it leaves the cylinder... and the shells will now actually eject and don't require a hammer. Oh, and fired casings from the pre-reamer shooting sessions (which drew blood) drop in perfectly, with no wiggle... before I couldn't even get fired shells to seat in the chamber...



Really tight chambers... perhaps the final finishing method they used on centerfire revolver chamberings was carried over to rimfire, but with unintended consequences. Unknown if the super tight chambering was fine in olden days, but it doesn't work with today's ammo, match, CCI, or otherwise. I had a 60s vintage M41 that had exactly the same problem. Made the gun unusable and I sold it. Anyways, this is the metal removed after 3 chambers were done.



And after all were done... this doesn't show the full amount of metal actually, as some ended up on towels I used to wipe the reamer off...



All in all, I'm tickled pink. And, now I have an extra original, unmodified complete M17 cylinder assembly that I'm considering selling or having fitted to the gun and reamed to WMR or other caliber...

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Nice post and just want to mention to guys thinking of doing this that it is important to use proper cutting fluid while reaming and keep the reamer as clean as possible between cylinder charge holes. I not only wipe it off with a rag, but I use an air gun and compressor to make sure there are no stray chips stick in the reamer. Keep Cyinder chip free as possible too.If you do not have a compressor handy, use an old toothbrush or similar. Don't be stingy with the cutting fluid either - and go slow and steady.... no jerky motions. Usually a simple job with positive results..........
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Precisely what Chief said. I used lots of high sulfur cutting oil (as you can see), only turned clockwise with the bit, went slow and removed as many chips as possible every 3-4 full turns of the reamer.

A few more words.

Make sure to have a good way to clamp the cylinder without marring it. I used poly inserts on my vice and they worked well.

Make sure you get a GOOD handle for the reamer. Buy once, cry once. I recommend the Brownells handle you see in the pics.

Make sure you use dykem around the charging holes to see when your reamer touches down on the chamber recess. Cleans up with acetone.

A few pics to see the finished product...



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PzKfW5, I have a Model 17-4 and it has the same problem with hard extractions. I notice in the pictures you furnished that you did not ream all the way through the cylinder. Is there a reason for that?
I'm trying to clean my cylinders with a stainless steel cleaning brush and some J-B from Brownells. If that does not work I was going to look into getting a finish reamer. Any information would be appreciated.
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The reamer simply does not cut to the end of the cylinder. This is a good thing in my opinion, as the bullet will leave the cylinder in the same diameter as the original tight s&w chambering, which is 0.224" by my pin gage measurement. Thus it will be just as equivalently centered in the forcing cone as the original "tight" s&w chambering provided - which is the whole point of having "tight chambers" in the first place... IE decreased bullet deflection from bore centerline and increased accuracy. Also note that the bullet will still be plenty big enough to get full advantage of swaging into the lands and grooves (0.217" and 0.222", respectively) so it will be biting as well as possible for good accuracy there, too. I ran a metal probe over the "transition area" you can see in the chamber, and it is NOT a sharp shoulder at all. It is imperceptible via the probe. The reamer seems to use a gradual slope for this area, it just appears to be a sharp transition in the photos because of the light.

There have been a few anecdotal stories of how excessively tight .22lr chambers may actually hurt accuracy, due to excessive leading/lube buildup. Here is another post on the subject. It deals with bolt guns, but I think you can extrapolate the principles to .22lr revolvers easily enough. Personally I think by chambering the gun in SAAMI standard, you get the best of both worlds, accuracy AND function. This is borne out by anecdotal evidence from those who have reamed their K22/Mx17...

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"A competitive bolt gun in 22LR uses a very tight chamber. I learned about all this working for Neal Johnson and Anschutz as a gunsmith on Olympic Target Rifles for resident athletes at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

The throats on the chambers are short and they are tight. Match grade barrels typically run the minor bore dimension a couple thousanths tighter than what the SAAMI tolerance is.

This "chokes" the bullet and helps insure that it is running concentric to the bore's centerline.

Well, that's great on a bolt gun where you have a powerful camming action when going into battery.

Blow back operated semi autos won't put up with this, so it's modified to what is commonly called the "Benz" chamber. It's a compromise between the two.

The throat region is kept "almost" as tight while the back half of the chamber, the part that supports the case, is loosened up a bit to facilitate operation. (Feeding, chambering, and extraction)

The bullet gets the support it wants and the chamber will let the gun "run" right."
I would go with a reamer before I polished. Why? Several reasons. One, well, because the chambers are already well polished from the factory. So what you're doing with the polisher to gain function is actually removing material. What that means is that you're doing the same job as a reamer but in an uncontrolled fashion. You might off-center the chamber, or eggshell it, etc. Yes it is tough to remove a lot of material by polishing but that is what you're doing in principle. I would save time, effort, and do it right with a reamer. If you wanted to have less clearance in the chamber you could call up Dave Manson of Manson's reamers and have him custom make you a slightly tighter spec reamer to use. Two, because highly polished chambers aren't actually necessary or desirable to begin with - unless you have a chamber that is so tight the brass will force itself into every microscopic nook and cranny upon firing, necessitating a highly polished chamber for shell extraction. In bolt rifle terms (or in S&W .22jet terms) the cartridge brass upon firing will grip the chamber less if it is polished, and will exert more force on the bolt (or recoil shield). This will result in much larger bolt stress (in a rifle) and/or inconsistency (in a revolver). So polishing is good for the bullet, but not so good for the chamber, unless absolutely needed because of a ridiculously tight chamber.

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Thanks for the helpful report. Can you say about how long it took to accomplish? Obviously there are instructions to read, some setup time, and time to get up the required nerve to begin.
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About 1.5hrs for the whole cylinder.
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I may try that I have 2 Really Nice Revolvers That Just sit in The Safe due to difficult extraction (a S&W 17-4 & a 6" Colt Diamondback)
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What is the product number and price of the reamer if you don't mind
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Just be sure to use plenty of cutting oil, and "never" turn the cutter in a reverse direction. I recommend removing the cutter frequently and wiping clean several times for each chamber. When using any cutter, cleanliness is paramount. I've done 7 or 8 now and all have marked improvement.
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Brownells Manson Reamer 513-051-220WB $45

Brownells Starrett #174 straight tap wrench $33

Brownells Cutting Oil $8

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I have four S&W .22 cal revolvers, a pre 34, a 34-1, a pre 17 and an
18-4. The 18 is by far the worst of the four and it just sits in the gun
safe buried under other guns. It's in like new condition and I love the
gun but it's such a hassle to shoot it that takes any enjoyment out of
it. I've seriously thought about selling it just to get rid of it but if I
did I would probably never get another one. It would be great to use
it without a struggle so I'm going to give it a try.
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Good job, I've done four of my k 22s and it's done wonders for them
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Chamber reaming on the S&W 22 LR revolvers is one of the best things you can do. The Manson reamer is SAAMI spec so there's no "hogging it out" involved. You're just ending up with chambers sized like they should have come from S&W.
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Not to hijack but am curious from those that might know, of the 2 brands of cutting oil carried by Brownells (Do-Drill and Viper Venom) does one perform better than the other? The Viper Venom is priced less per ounce and has a squeeze bottle to dispense from while the Do-Drill carries the Brownell name and is maybe better???
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I used the Viper cutting oil and it worked great. The squeeze bottle is perfect for this task. High sulfur content is what you want and the Viper oil's got it (as you will smell). I'm glad people are going to try this, that was my motivation for posting.
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Chamber reaming on the S&W 22 LR revolvers is one of the best things you can do. The Manson reamer is SAAMI spec so there's no "hogging it out" involved. You're just ending up with chambers sized like they should have come from S&W.
My thought is that the chambers may have been undersized on purpose. If you think about it, this gives the buyer of the revolver the option to size the chambers to their needs, while retaining the tight freebore in the cylinder ahead of the chamber. If the factory's logic was that these were designed as competition guns, where some gunsmith work would be done as a matter of course, then that assumption makes sense. Anyways as I wrote earlier the post-reaming "dual size" of the cylinder I believe will give the best of both worlds, accuracy and function. Of course in a perfect world, reaming the chamber to SAAMI sporting spec, rather than dealing with bolt-gun territory SAAMI match chambers in a hand-ejected revolver, would not be necessary, and the factory would have found a way to use the extra length of the cylinder in front of the chamber as an accuracy aid without impinging on function.

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I've been using Brownells' Do-Drill. I apply it with an acid brush. It's the brown nasty hi-sulfur stuff. I've seen no reason to change.

Can't say if it's better or worse than the Viper Venom but NOT being in a squeeze bottle probably means I waste less by not over applying.
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Of course in a perfect world, reaming the chamber to SAAMI sporting spec, rather than dealing with bolt-gun territory SAAMI match chambers in a hand-ejected revolver, would not be necessary, and the factory would have found a way to use the extra length of the cylinder in front of the chamber as an accuracy aid without impinging on function.
??? Am I missing something? I have the Manson revolver specific reamer. It pilots off the throat and does NOT cut the throat. It does cut the chamber and tapers that cut into the existing throat diameter. I've polished down the pilot diameter on a mine a couple .0001's to accommodate the smallest throat I've encountered. Reamed chambers retain pre-reamed throat diameters.
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I had a nice Model 18 that I got so tired of I sold it and purchased the M&P .22C, problem solved and I'm having fun plinking again. Interestingly enough I just bought a '97 vintage Model 317 that did not have the tight chamber problem, who knows why.
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Yes, that's what I'm saying, exactly. The point is that the tight freebore ahead of the chamber is the major part of what affects accuracy, and this is unchanged by reaming.

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Thanks for this thread PzKfW5. I'm about to order the items you listed. It is aggravating shooting 12 - 18 rounds and having to "beat" out the empties. I may be leaning on you and others for a little advice.
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I did the reaming on my pre-model K22 Combat Masterpiece this summer, with the guidance and advice of some old hands here on this thread. Worked like a charm, and today my empties push right out with the extractor and are only the slightest bit "sticky" now.

Your experience might be similar to mine when you do this on your revolver: the reamer must have taken out microscopic chips, because there were no metal flakes at all from the cutting. Maybe I was just lucky that my chambers were close enough to size that the reamer just rounded things up and those few thousandths of undersize disappeared easily.

Now I have the reamer, handle, and cutting oil to do the job next time, if I run into this problem again.
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I was asked as to the procedure to complete this job, so I'll go out on a limb here for all the adventurous/frustrated people with one of these guns, which really are super quality pieces otherwise. Let's put it this way, it's better to have too much steel in the cylinder, and then be able to correct it, than to have too little to start with.

The procedure is really straightforward. The key is to go slowly and carefully understand what you're doing with the reamer. You are enlarging the chamber diameter and depth within each cylinder charging hole to SAAMI sporting spec, but you are NOT cutting the recess for the cartridge rim. You might square up the recess a bit, but that's optional and if done incorrectly gets into headspace issues, so I'm not going to deal with it here. Suffice to say, follow the instructions below and you should be fine. If you muck it up by not being careful/being a Bubba, well, I have to refer you to the ancient Greek saying, "know thyself". If you have mechanical aptitude, this is a piece of cake, but some people just don't have that. So, Know Thyself before attempting. I disavow any responsibility for hamfistedness. That said, truly it's really very easy.

First off, you need to keep the extractor in place for all this, and you need to make sure that the extractor and the extractor recess in the cylinder are completely clean, and that it is sitting as flush with the cylinder as it should be. The extractor will be enlarged by the reamer right along with the rest of the chamber hole. Thus, it behooves you to make double sure the whole area is clean, and that you keep the extractor in its proper position throughout the procedure. To ensure the extractor was secure in the rotatory dimension, I used three fired cases and put them in the chambers I wasn't working on at the moment to secure the extractor from any rotation wiggle while cutting on the chambers.

OK. All that said, we're really doing something very simple, and that is to use the existing chamber diameter to self-center the reamer (at the mouth of the chamber - at the throat, it's the pilot) and then to slowly grind metal in a very controlled and measured manner out of the existing chamber.

I am going to assume you know how to correctly remove the cylinder from the revolver to start with. If you don't, you should find out how before even beginning to attempt this.

To start the procedure, chuck the removed cylinder securely using a non-marring method. I used poly inserts on my vice, coated with a paper towel. Your technique for this may vary, but you need to accomplish a similar thing with securing the cylinder.

Once you have secured the cylinder, you simply give the charging hole and reamer a coat of cutting oil, and place the reamer carefully within the charging hole. Begin to turn the reamer CLOCKWISE ONLY with light to moderate downwards pressure. Every 3 or so complete turns of the reamer, remove it WHILE TURNING CLOCKWISE and clean the flutes, add more oil, repeat until the reamer is almost bottomed out against the cartridge rim recess in the cylinder. Then once more clean the reamer, reinsert and keep a careful close eye on the cutting "lip" of the reamer as you turn the final few turns. Once it begins to touch down on the cartridge recess, stop pressing down, give it a few final light turns to complete the cut, remove and clean. I found it helpful to use a little dykem around the charging holes to show where the reamer was touching down. Once you've given the final few turns with little to no downwards pressure, making sure to avoid cutting on the cartridge recess, you're done. Move on to the next charging hole, clean, lube, and repeat until cylinder done.

Once all chambers are done, fill a small bowl with acetone and give the cylinder a good washing, then give it a good oiling and clean out the chambers. Admire your precision work and easy extraction.

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Just read this thread and want to thank all who helped to make it one of the most informative topics for me. I have just one question before I order the reaming tools. Are stainless steel revolvers also worthy candidates for cylinder reaming? Are there any pitfalls to cutting ss chambers? Thanks in advance...........
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The SS chambers cut just fine too. Follow the same advice for all.
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I just reamed 5 cylinders (22 LR) yesterday with the same Brownell's finish reamer. Two M17, two M617, and M18. The M18 was first, patience, lots of cutting oil, frequent cleaning are keys to success. Each M18 chamber took about 5 passes to finish because I only advanced 1/8" when reamer got harder to turn. I didn't want it binding. The M18 also has a bad barrel leading problem.

One of the M17 cylinders had been reamed by a previous owner. The 6-shot M617 cylinder was the "most difficult" to ream because of the amount of metal removed. The 10 shot M617 cylinder was the easiest because the chips were almost dust and the reamer never was hard to turn.

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My five 22 LR revolvers were OK after reaming. 5 barrels were spotless after one pull of the Bore Snake, just like every chamber. The M18 fired 3 boxes of different 22 LR ammo to see if it would lead up. It didn't.

The range targets are four 3" bullseyes with scoring rings (reduced 25 yard bullseye targets) on a 24" x 48" sheet of paper. After shooting all the revolvers with different brands of ammo, I took a box of Aquila Super 22 LR and fired each gun at the same bullseye hung at 11 yards, than checked the target, and marked the misses.

Each gun had 4 or 5 of the shots in the orange center [3" group] and all of the shots were inside a 4" scoring ring. My conclusion was the reaming was successful for accuracy and ease of loading / ejecting cases. This 'accuracy' target was fired after 3 hours of shooting on a 90° indoor range. It's been warm in Georgia.
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The model 18 and 617 cylinders must have been real tight. I have done all of mine and none removed much metal or got very sticky. But, patience and caution are good things when doing stuff like this. I think a lot of it has to do with where the reamer S&W was using was in its life cycle when it got to your cylinder. I wonder how many cylinders they figure a reamer is good for.
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My Smith 18 is mildly too tight. A Taurus M94 I own is stupidly tight. I can see a reamer in my future. I plan to sell the Taurus, I lucked into the Model 18 ata great price after buying the Taurus. But I've hesitated to sell it in unusable condition.
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I am glad this post came back to the top. I have a really nice model 34 J-frame that has been problematic with sticky brass. Thanks for the knowledge shared.
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I’ve done all my Smith 22’s. These are excellent instructions. I am mostly mechanically inept but this worked well for me. Love the results.


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It makes me happy to see so many frustrated rimfire smith owners finally get their excellent wheelguns going as they should have originally. Bravo, gentlemen!
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My Smith 18 is mildly too tight. A Taurus M94 I own is stupidly tight. I can see a reamer in my future. I plan to sell the Taurus, I lucked into the Model 18 ata great price after buying the Taurus. But I've hesitated to sell it in unusable condition.
Update - bought the Brownell's reamer. Did the Taurus. It was unusable, it now ejects very nicely. Two of the nine chambers had to be reamed twice. That makes no sense to me but it is true.

I did not destroy the Taurus, the Smith will be next.
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Most likely you just smoothed out the cylinder holes the second time you made the pass. If you don’t progress very slowly with the procedure, the metal is taken away from the cylinder in a rougher fashion than it would otherwise be (because the bites per turn of the reamer are larger).

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I’ve got a 351C that I need to do this to. Just too frustrating to shoot in it’s present state, plus I’m afraid I’m going to bend the darned ejector rod every time I have to hammer the spent shells out.
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As stated, keeping the cuter "clean" (withdrawing it and wiping down, NEVER turning backward, frequently) is the key to a good ream out. That, and plenty of cutting oil.
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I just use an old toothbrush to clean the shavings out of the reamer, frequently, as stated above. If you let the chips build up, they will score the sides of the chamber. If you turn the reamer backwards (counter clockwise), it will dull the cutting edge.
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H Richard went to great length to explain to me the process of reaming my pre 17 and 18 and I was considering doing it. A few weeks ago I thought I'd give my gunsmith a call and see what he would charge to do both for me at 60 buck per gun it just wasn't worth buying the reamer and doing the work myself so currently my gunsmith has them.
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My K22 extraction problem was solved by only using Federal or CCI ammo. One finger on the extraction rod and they drop right out.
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Would this be advisable with the aluminum cylinder on a 317?
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My K22 extraction problem was solved by only using Federal or CCI ammo. One finger on the extraction rod and they drop right out.
I tried numerous brands with my Taurus, it was horrific. I can sell it now with a pure heart.

My Model 18 is too tight but not a horror. I still think a reaming will help and now I have the tool.
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Would this be advisable with the aluminum cylinder on a 317?
I'm not a machinist. Seems like if the reamer will cut steel it will do a job on aluminum, but maybe some machinists will chime in?
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Where’s the fun in that? There is great satisfaction in learning to do minor gunsmithing on your own guns. With the resources available here and discretionary use of how-to videos on the yoo-toob, simple operations that you had to wait days or weeks for your local gunsmith to do are easily within reach. I say discretionary viewing because there are some real kitchen table bubba gunsmiths producing how-to videos out there, but a lot of good ones too.
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the k-22 is also notorious for misfiring,,,,,,i did the reaming job on one of mine,and,now,,,,i have a constant misfire,,, its always on the very same chamber,,,, i marked the cylinder with a felt pen,and,sure enough,its always that cylinder that will not fire,,,,,before removing the cylinder,i did not have the problem with this particular gun,,,,it makes no sense to me,, but,the ony thing i can contribute it to,is the placement of the crane back into the frame of the gun,,, in fact,at times,when flipping the cylinder back in the gun,it actually is hitting somewhere,,, it does not flow back into the cradel as it did,,, i dont see any anjustments to be made,,,, can anybody shed some light on this problem? thanks in advance,,,,,,,
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This may or may not be your problem, but I have found it helpful to put a small chamfer on the back of each chamber on rimfire guns because some ammo has a small radius in the corner between the rim and the body of the case. If the chamber has a sharp corner, the rim can't seat all the way down and it takes a lot harder hit to fire the cartridge.
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The only way reaming itself could have caused this is if you reamed the recess of that chamber quite a bit deeper. It is important to stop reaming when the recess cutters touch the bottom of original recesses.

There is what Toolguy says. Make sure your cartridges are fully seating. If not fully seated the first part of energy from firing pin is used up slamming the case deeper and only the remainder of energy is left to crush rim and fire primer.

Algeciras, disassemble your cylinder, make sure there is no crud or reamer chips in the hole the yoke tube rides in, that the back side of extractor is completely clean. A small piece of material between tube end and the cylinder could effect this. Also the center pin may be sticky and causing your hitting something feeling.

Another thing. Look hard at that chamber if you ever dry fired it, there maybe a bit of a mar where firing pin struck edge of chamber, moving a bit of metal into the recess area and causing your case not to fully seat.

Another thing I would check on a misfiring 22 rimfire is endshake. If there is excess endshake some of the inertia from hammer is used up moving cylinder forward.
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Got tired of the ridiculously tight chambers which were essentially non-functional on my K22. After one cylinder required a hammer or a bloody hand. See my other threads on chamber measurement.

So, I purchased a finish reamer from Brownells and went to work.

EXTREMELY PLEASED with the results!

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1. This is EASY and CHEAP to do.
2. This completely fixes the ejection problem these guns are known for.
3. There will still be a significant "tight" area ahead of the base of the chamber after reaming. See pic below.
4. Leave the extractor in while reaming. Mine certainly benefited from the chamber reamer as several charging hole cuts were off, and several weren't actually flush with the cylinder recess. Primer strikes are better than they were, now, as all cartridge rims are actually sitting flush with extractor and cylinder recess.

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You can see here where the reamer finished in the bottom left chamber. The tighter area ahead of the now correctly-sized chamber will swage down the bullet to the same diameter as the original S&W chambering, before it leaves the cylinder... and the shells will now actually eject and don't require a hammer. Oh, and fired casings from the pre-reamer shooting sessions (which drew blood) drop in perfectly, with no wiggle... before I couldn't even get fired shells to seat in the chamber...



Really tight chambers... perhaps the final finishing method they used on centerfire revolver chamberings was carried over to rimfire, but with unintended consequences. Unknown if the super tight chambering was fine in olden days, but it doesn't work with today's ammo, match, CCI, or otherwise. I had a 60s vintage M41 that had exactly the same problem. Made the gun unusable and I sold it. Anyways, this is the metal removed after 3 chambers were done.



And after all were done... this doesn't show the full amount of metal actually, as some ended up on towels I used to wipe the reamer off...



All in all, I'm tickled pink. And, now I have an extra original, unmodified complete M17 cylinder assembly that I'm considering selling or having fitted to the gun and reamed to WMR or other caliber...
WITH PERSISTENCE AND PATIENCE, YOU DID A SUPERB JOB......

I HAD A RUGER CHAMBERED IN .30 CAL CARBINE, THAT HAD THE SAME PROBLEM, WITH MILSURP AMMO, FORCING ME TO SELL IT.......

IMHO, REAMING YOUR SPARE CYLINDER TO .22WMR, AND HAVING IT FITTED TO YOUR REVOLVER, IS AN EXCELLENT IDEA ! ! !

ITS AKIN TO OWNING 2 GUNS THAT YOU CAN CARRY, WITHOUT HAVING TO PURCHASE ANOTHER HOLSTER......
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How easy is it to mess up? I'm the type that could break ball bearing with a rubber mallet. My 8 shot 63 has tight extraction issues.
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To anyone who wants to ream a .22 LR cylinder to a .22 WRM - don't do it on a 10 shot cylinder! I did mine, then found out that the .22 WRM rims overlap. Then you can only use it as a 5 shot, loading a round in every other chamber. A 6 shot cylinder works fine, there is lots of room between them.

You always pay for your education one way or another. I'm hoping to save others the cost of a cylinder with my tuition.
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You would need to be either really careless or a total clutz.

Don't get heavy handed. Let the reamer work itself in under very light pressure. If it starts to bind stop and take it out turning slowly to the right. Don't ever turn it backwards. Clean it and chamber with spray solvent, then give cutter a coat of cutting oil and start over. Don't put any side pressure on it. The pilot and cutting flutes will stay aligned easily. Use a good tap handle. Not vise grips or pliers or a crescent wrench. A padded vise to hold the cylinder is needed to hold the cylinder steady at the same angle. All this helps keep it all aligned. When the little step in the reamer that cuts the recess touches the bottom of recesses. Stop , your done.

Thing about re reaming the chambers is you only removing a tiny bit of material. Cutter shouldn't turn hard unless you jam it in hard or put side pressure on it.
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