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    Hammer finish

    Hello. I just purchased a used Taurus Raging Judge M513-SS, and she is a wonderful revolver. Unfortunately, the finish on the hammer seems to be flaking off, and I would like to replace it. I am looking at one that is used for a Taurus Judge, and was wondering if there is any difference in hammers between the Judge, and the Raging Judge. My guess is no, but I thought that I would ask here before buying it and finding out that hey are a different part. They appear the same. Thanks in advance for your help, and glad to be a part of this community!
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    Welcome to the forum!

    It would be great to see a photo, if you can get a good clear picture. I'd probably just steel wool it to clean it up and then keep it oiled. That's a safer, more straightforward approach than swapping hammers in my opinion.
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    here's a picture of it. It doesn't seem to be a good plating finish like a Smith or Ruger. Seems to almost be painted on or something of that nature and it's not adhering to the base metal. If I tried to steal wool it, I believe it would just flake off more.
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    You should be able to get (somewhere on the Internet) a parts list for both pieces and see if they are, in fact, the same. It may be worth a "chat" with Taurus customer service as well. I don't know if they would tell you, but they may.

    GunBroker.com often sells "parts kits" which are basically just dismantled guns with the receiver removed, and there are many Tauruses that show up there from time to time. Some of those parts kits are reasonable (and some are not).

    Also, I've never used numrich gun parts (an online seller) but they have lots of Taurus parts and may have yours. They may also be a source for part numbers even if they are out of stock.

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    I have also considered removing the hammer, steel wooling it to take off the rest of the finish and just keep it oiled and leave it at that. (Was that your suggestion GhostHorse? If so, Sorry, I was misunderstanding you) The function of the hammer is fine, it just doesn't look so great. Thanks for the replies people!!! Please keep them coming if you have any thoughts and or ideas.

    I checked Numrich, they don't carry anything other than a holster for the Raging Judge. I found a hammer and trigger on ebay, but they are for a Judge, not a Raging Judge. The frame size is different I believe as the Raging Judge is a 6 shot and the Judge is a 5 shot, and I am leery of whether the pivot point or the hammer strike face might be a different dimension.
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    That looks like the result of a missed step in the finishing process. I would talk to Taurus first and see if they can help you. You could talk with a gunsmith about how much it would cost to get it refinished yourself. Or you could do as the others suggested and look for a replacement part. Depending on your ability, you may or may not need to gunsmith the do the replacement. Depending on what the gunsmith charges, refinish or parts replacement might end up costing about the same. So, I would recommend calling Taurus first and see if perhaps you can get it fixed through them for free or next to free.
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    I spoke with Taurus today, and they actually said that they would replace the hammer as it probably can't be refinished, and it is technically an internal part so it carries a lifetime warranty not just the one year warranty. It would cost me $50 to send it back to them though. they had an option to purchase a repaid $50 label from them that's insured and goes directly to them, or I can send it to UPS myself which one I looked seem to be about the same price. They said that it can take up to 12 weeks to get my firearm back. That doesn't sound the best, but it would be about the same price as replacement parts, if they fit, and I would assume finishing from a gunsmith would be at least that much. I may end up just taking the rest of the finish off of that side of the hammer, keeping it oiled and let it be. If I do that though, I fear the flaking would just continue over time.
    Overall, sending it back to them and have them replace the hammer under warranty sounds the best, I just don't want to wait a millenium to get my gun back.

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    I would either remove the hammer, sand off the poorly applied finish, then polish up to a high shine. Or return to Taurus for replacement. I know it would be a bummer not having the hammer and trigger be the same finish. So I would remove the trigger as well and polish it up to match the hammer. Take both parts after polishing and let them sit 12-24 hours in a bath of CLP to let it penetrate into the steel. Then wipe off excess and reinstall. If you live close to NW Arkansas I would be happy to do it for you no charge. I have taken lots of Taurus revolvers apart it isn't that hard. Just find a video on you tube that shows the same style of internal action work being dis-assembled. I would suggest using the correct sized gunsmithing style of screwdriver so you don't damage the side plate screws.
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    Welcome to the forum from Northern Illinois! Good luck with whatever route you choose.
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    Welcome aboard from the "GunShine"state of Florida.

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    I'd send it back if I wanted to perfect & didn't mind the wait.

    If the wait bothered me I'd remove the flaking finish, lube it and get to shooting!




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