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R51 General Discussion / Re: First 300 Shots
« on: June 29, 2017, 09:51:58 AM »
Any gun grease will work. Just don't overdo it and use just a thin coat I like to use grease on the rails too because it stays in place longer than just oil. Especially if you don't shoot the gun very often.

General Discussion / Re: Firearm safety
« on: June 28, 2017, 11:34:27 AM »
We were discussing this on another forum and some think it may actually have been a "suicide by girlfriend". It was supposedly a .50 caliber handgun, and having owned a .50 Desert Eagle, I guarantee a book would not have stopped it.  So whatever book he showed her before that was not shot through, was probably done with something else.

That said, I agree that basic training should be a requirement. I know there are the "shall not be infringed" people who will say training was not required when the 2A was written., However, back then people grew up around guns and learned at an early age how to respect them. Now people who have never touched one think they know it all. I refuse to go the range any more because of the stupid stuff I see. I lost count of the times someone pointed a gun in my direction when racking it or otherwise fiddling with it. Luckily I live on 50 acres and can just go shoot out back whenever I want

Here in TX you need to take a training course to get a LTC. Years ago when I went to do a renewal (before they eliminated that requirement) the RO told everyone to make sure that all mags were unloaded before going up to the line (outdoor range). One younger kid decided he was going to do what he wanted, and started going up to the line with several loaded mags. The RO did notice and told him to unload the mags before he went any farther. A few seconds later we hear shots and everyone is hitting the dirt. This idiot was firing the mags down range where people were setting up targets. When asked WTF he was doing, he replied "You told me to unload my mags, so I did". He is very lucky he left with all of his teeth and no broken bones.     

R51 General Discussion / Re: First 300 Shots
« on: June 28, 2017, 04:43:30 AM »
  At this point in the break-in, would anyone recommend a little extra gun oil on the rails or Pedersen block?  Or would this just gum things up more as the inside gets dirty?.

I always lube the rails and block well. But then again I clean my guns every time I shoot them, so it has never gotten super gummed up or anything.

R51 General Discussion / Re: Lower disassembly?
« on: June 28, 2017, 04:41:20 AM »
I've just been spraying gun scrubber in mine when it gets dirty and it looks good as new. I don't think the R51 is as easy dissemble the frame as other guns. Given the lack of youtube videos on the subject, I think it's best left assembled. 

R51 General Discussion / Re: Replacement barrel
« on: June 22, 2017, 03:06:15 AM »

Have you been checking the case rims on your reloads? I ask because I have had some guns that the extractor tends to chew up the rim. That has on occasion then cause feeding issues with some other guns that have stiff extractors where the extractor "hangs" on the rim valley while feeding. I had one case with a munged up rim jam up my LC9s to the point I nearly had to take a hammer to it.

R51 General Discussion / Re: After Market Parts
« on: June 02, 2017, 12:47:15 AM »
There are night sights and Crimson Trace makes a laser, but not really much else out there.

R51 General Discussion / Re: remington r51 grips
« on: May 17, 2017, 04:35:07 AM »
Nice grips. While probably a lot more work, I think people would like something like these that never appeared to make it to market.

R51 General Discussion / Re: Racking with a full mag
« on: May 14, 2017, 06:17:49 AM »
      I have seen several posts on here from shooters who took a loop or two off the mag springs 

I just did a search, and those were all posted by the same person (except for the one you mentioned you did as a test)

R51 General Discussion / Re: Racking with a full mag
« on: May 14, 2017, 12:53:53 AM »
. Springs don't need breaking in when used properly. They do eventually wear out from use. My opinion is that these mags were designed improperly.

And I'll chime in again too that I own MANY guns and nearly all have very stiff mag springs when new until they take a set. This is a well known fact in the gun community. So far you are the only person here who has needed to cut the mag springs. Some have trimmed the follower a bit which is fine. But unless you had the wrong springs to begin with or installed then wrong,  all you have done is caused your mag to be less reliable in the long term. And 500 rounds is nothing. I often shoot that many in one day. If cutting the spring works for you, that fine. But I urge others to be more patient, as this is not the way to fix the problem (if there even is a problem).

And once again here it the link to my unmodified mags. Sort of hard to say they were designed wrong when they work just fine.

R51 General Discussion / UpLULA mag loader
« on: May 11, 2017, 09:30:32 AM »
Most people probably either have one or know about the UpLULA mag loader. It works fine with the R51 mags. However if you have a 1911 mag adapter (I believe it comes as a set of two) you can modify one to make the opening a little wider, and then the loader works even better with the R51 mags.

R51 General Discussion / Re: Grandson shoots the R51
« on: May 11, 2017, 06:30:56 AM »
Well, as I said, the main problem is that the media and anti-gun crowd always mistakenly call guns "automatic", which to the uniformed means full automatic. IMO it's a bigger issue that mistakenly using the clip vs magazine term.

R51 General Discussion / Re: Grandson shoots the R51
« on: May 10, 2017, 07:16:11 AM »
During his first attempt to shoot the R51, he kept locking up the trigger after firing a round. I found he was trying to shoot fast and pulled the trigger for the second shot before the R51's action had cycled. I explained what happened and told him to keep the trigger depressed until the gun finished recoiling and was coming back on target. He did that and had no further problems with the trigger.

I don't think anyone can pull the trigger faster than the action cycles. Not letting up on it enough (which is not really that much) will however prevent a reset (which applies to all guns)

These 3 Automatics .....

Not to nitpick, but they are semi-automatics. Gun grabbers love to mistakenly call them automatics.

I forget that many people unfamiliar with handguns are unaware of the special requirements that different types of actions can have. With revolvers you must let the trigger fully release to reset.

I don't think there are any "special" requirements.  I have owned probably 100 different guns and never found any significant differences in how they operate. The only people that seem to ever have issues are those who obsess with reset distances and the tactile feedback of it.

The salesman had mentioned it was a problem with the R51...

The salesman did not know what he was talking about.

Must be something wrong with my R51, it has a magazine!

Nice one.  ;)

R51 General Discussion / Re: Reloading ammunition for the R51
« on: May 09, 2017, 07:45:46 AM »
One thing I have seen on several gun forums is some people who think that a slew of  reloading manual is a must. I actually bought one only to find out it did not even have the particular bullet or powder that I was using. And I have seen different information in different manuals.

Nearly every powder manufacturer (and even bullet manufacturer) lists load data on their web site now, so no real need for a book. Plus there are plenty of youtube videos to get people started. Of course one should not just watch just one, as they are not always correct. But if you watch enough of them, it becomes more obvious how to do things the right way.

The same goes for load weights. I would not go with just one recipe that I found randomly with Google, but if I look for let's say Berry's 115 gr plated RN and Bullseye powder and find 20 different people using 4.1 to 4.3 grains, then I think it's a fair assessment to start with 4.1 and go from there. Maybe even 4.0 if one wants to play it extra safe. But yet some people will say it's foolish to use any load data found that way.

The only thing I would recommend to anyone starting out with reloading is to plan to invest in a chronograph. IMO, its the best way to evaluate things. Not absolutely necessary if you are loading on the light side, but if you start pushing things it is.


R51 General Discussion / Re: Reloading ammunition for the R51
« on: May 06, 2017, 07:33:06 AM »
First they recommend sorting brass since case wall thickness varies, and I do that.  Next is to measure the case wall thickness, and the bullet's diameter.  So, if you are using a .356 bullet and the case wall thickness is .010, the outside diameter of the crimp should be .375.  That is the bullet diameter added to two times the wall thickness since you are measuring two walls and crimping the round .001 results in the total of .375.

I personally don't try to overcomplicate things like some reloading manuals do. When I started reloading, I basically measured a bunch of factory ammo and came up with an average of .377 for the case mouth. I just don't have time do be sorting brass. As I noted earlier, when I chrono my reloads I typically get a ES of 47 and SD of 12 or less in a string of 25-30. They are all pretty accurate too. I just don't think the extra work is worth the minimal return. Now if I was shooting completion or something, then I might be more picky. And as I mentioned I use factory crimp dies because IMO it just makes things a lot easier and more consistent.

I do use a case gauge on every one of my reloads instead of plunking in the barrel. I have yet to have one that fits the gauge, that does not also plunk in the barrel of any of my guns.

R51 General Discussion / Re: Reloading ammunition for the R51
« on: May 04, 2017, 10:47:40 AM »
It sucks that if I want to take advantage of it, I have to buy a new die set.  I already spring for the 9mm Luger FCD.  :(

Do you have a link?

No need for a complete new set and you can still use the FCD

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