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Any advise on how to lighten up factory lading gate? or should i just get aftermarket one?
 

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I was looking into this as my .357 is hard to load but the aftermarket flyweight gate is like £45 / $40 so it seems like it would be more hassle modding the factory one imho.

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If one is very careful you can slowly remove material from the back or the narrow section of the gate. This can be done with a Dremel and a small sanding drum. Don't get the gate metal too hot or you will take the temper out of it and have no spring at all. Go at it a little at a time and reassemble to check for spring pressure till it's good.
For my money though I just buy them from Ranger Point Precision.
 
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If one is very careful you can slowly remove material from the back or the narrow section of the gate. This can be done with a Dremel and a small sanding drum. Don't get the gate metal too hot or you will take the temper out of it and have no spring at all. Go at it a little at a time and reassemble to check for spring pressure till it's good.
For my money though I just buy them from Ranger Point Precision.
I used to mod the factory gates just so, but it's a hassle. Haven't touched one since my robots started making the Flyweights.
 

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Leave a empty case in loading gate when gun not in use over time this will make loading easier.
 

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Just take some of the curve out of the loading gate.
A little at a time until you have the pressure you like.
I've done it to all of mine and it works the best.
I buy a factory original replacement then straighten the replacement one to my liking and keep the original documented and on file in my parts bin.
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Remove the gate and add a bit of inward arch to the spring.
It's a bit of T&E.
When you re happy with the results. Use a drop of RED #271 Locktite on the gate screw
Gary
That's pretty much what I did on my .44 1894. I also stoned and polished the loading port edges and the "tunnel" area inside the receiver, so that loading is very smooth and easy. I can also unload the entire magazine without levering the action.
 
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