Re: Bad reloads or misalligned cylinder?
If you are shooting lead bullets, it could be the forcing cone has leaded up...Swing open the cylinder and look at the area at the rear of the barrel throat..If there is a lot of lead inside there, it will need to be removed...A lewis Lead Remover makes this little chore a piece of cake...
.357 bullets, loaded magnum hot, may cause severe leading..even mild loads will lead up the FC in a properly timed revolver if you fire enough of them.....A leaded forcing cone and/or improper alignment of cylinder can cause a revolver to 'spit' lead from the gap between the cylinder and the forcing cone of the barrel..Too much lead in the FC and barrel can cause dangerous pressures with near max loads....Keep your lead bullet loads midrange and under 1000fps to reduce leading...It could also be the bullets are too soft...Higher velocities require harder lead..
One way you can determine if it is a timing problem is to very slowly cock the hammer...when the hammer engages the sear, try to rotate the cylinder...If you hear a slight 'click' and feel a minute movement before the cylinder locks up, then you have a problem only a gunsmith can fix properly..
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