bbl. swap on FEG R61

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bbl. swap on FEG R61

Post by bigduke6 » January 3rd, 2020, 9:53 pm

Ok I got a R61 and slide is marked for 9 mak. But is chaimberd in .380
I found some new 9 mak bbl. and I’d like to change it back. So my question is once the bbl. pin is removed is the bbl. pressed in or will I be able to remove it by hand ? Anything else I shoul know ? Thanks.

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Re: bbl. swap on FEG R61

Post by Weasel640 » January 4th, 2020, 10:15 am

Does the serial number on the Frame start with a "B" or a different prefix?

I believe one you remove the pin, you will need to press it out, and the new one will need to be pressed in.
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Re: bbl. swap on FEG R61

Post by Mercs » January 26th, 2020, 8:40 pm

bigduke6 wrote:Ok I got a R61 and slide is marked for 9 mak. But is chaimberd in .380
I found some new 9 mak bbl. and I’d like to change it back. So my question is once the bbl. pin is removed is the bbl. pressed in or will I be able to remove it by hand ? Anything else I shoul know ? Thanks.
Let’s say you can get the barrel on. Where are you going to get R61/SMC918 recoil springs?


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Re: bbl. swap on FEG R61

Post by Ketchman » February 1st, 2020, 12:49 am

PA63 springs. Same gun except the grip is shorter.
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Re: bbl. swap on FEG R61

Post by Mercs » February 18th, 2020, 6:39 pm

Ketchman wrote:PA63 springs. Same gun except the grip is shorter.
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Re: bbl. swap on FEG R61

Post by Ketchman » February 18th, 2020, 11:00 pm

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Re: bbl. swap on FEG R61

Post by bigduke6 » February 19th, 2020, 6:09 pm

Barrel swap went well. Not a hard job at all. Now that I see how it works, I think I could do one in about 20 or 30 minutes. Love the 9x18 it’s has a bit more bark than the .380

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Re: bbl. swap on FEG R61

Post by Mercs » February 19th, 2020, 6:58 pm

bigduke6 wrote:Barrel swap went well. Not a hard job at all. Now that I see how it works, I think I could do one in about 20 or 30 minutes. Love the 9x18 it’s has a bit more bark than the .380
What recoil spring are you using? Did you try the PA-63 yet?


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Re: bbl. swap on FEG R61

Post by bigduke6 » February 22nd, 2020, 9:54 pm

This may be the wrong place to post this but l now have a excellent .380 barrel for a R 61 or R59 or SMC that a would like to trade for a FEG R59 R61 or P63 mag. However, if someone really needs it I will send it to you free of charge.

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Re: bbl. swap on FEG R61

Post by Weasel640 » February 23rd, 2020, 12:35 pm

bigduke6 wrote:
February 22nd, 2020, 9:54 pm
This may be the wrong place to post this but l now have a excellent .380 barrel for a R 61 or R59 or SMC that a would like to trade for a FEG R59 R61 or P63 mag. However, if someone really needs it I will send it to you free of charge.
Post it in the Buy, Sell, Trade Board (linked below) as a new Topic, that way it will get more views...

http://www.p64resource.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=6
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Re: bbl. swap on FEG R61

Post by Ketchman » February 24th, 2020, 8:20 pm

Bigduke, have you changed the recoil spring yet and if so what did you go with, we are all dying to know?
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Re: bbl. swap on FEG R61

Post by bigduke6 » February 26th, 2020, 12:30 am

I have not changed the recoil spring. All I can find is the one for the P63. It would be to long due to barrel length. The pistol shoots really well and it does not eject the empty shells very far so at the moment I’m ok with what I got. Soooooo now if I had a P63 barrel that had the last 4/10s of the barrel threaded for a suppressor..............well maybe a project for next winter.
Kind of glad I ran into this instead of the P64 as I have injoyed working on it. But I am still needing to scratch my P64 itch.

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Re: bbl. swap on FEG R61

Post by Ketchman » February 26th, 2020, 1:41 am

Ok but may I suggest at least finding out if the poundage for the .380 spring and the 9x18 spring were the same or different. If the same no problem, if different I would recommend changing the spring soon before firing too many more rounds as too weak a spring could result in frame battering and cracking at the slide stop. These frames are aluminum alloy and don't like to be overstressed. And a PA63 spring works just fine just snip off coils till it matches the stock one on there now and since it was meant for a 9x18 to begin with it will at least be closer to correct weight. If you want higher poundage make it a coil longer and see if it will fit.
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Re: bbl. swap on FEG R61

Post by bigduke6 » February 26th, 2020, 8:21 pm

I agree. Even if they are the same a new fresh spring should be installed.

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Re: bbl. swap on FEG R61

Post by bigduke6 » March 1st, 2020, 8:58 pm

Range report.
To start with Because we are in the rainy season I never got to really see what the accuracy was with the .380 barrel. But today I finally got to do some testing with the 9x18. 0 malfunctions out of 100 rounds, 50 Tula and 50 Monarch. Both 94 grn. Into about 70 rounds the gun was very dirty as this ammo is not that clean but no problems. Rapid fire, slow fire, double and single action. The grouping was great “but” the gun requires a 6 o’clock hold to shoot center. Windage was good to go. The barrel is held in the frame collar and then pinned so I believe the used barrel is causing the 6 o’clock hold. This is not a problem for me as I have other guns factory designed that way. But I don’t think the FEGs were made that way. Anyway I love this thing.

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