Originally Posted by pkcgbifaid
I think I'm going to suggest he send it to Smith to get it looked at by the professionals. It's a really nice blued Model 19... and they just don't make them like that anymore. I would hate to booger it up.
Good call. If it moves back that far to open then if you had spent brass in it good luck opening it at all. If there is room to open it with the brass in it then you got a head space issue too. Fix the head space, now you barrel/cylinder gap opens so your setting the barrel back and recutting the forcing cone.Not a super hard job but ya got to have the right tools to do it.
Better off having someone who has done S&W barrels to check. If head space checks out and b/c gap is OK then your going after the ejection rod. I doubt the way your describing the ejector rod is a fault.