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Old 07-17-2013, 08:46 PM   #41
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Most handgun failures are due to timing. Timing failures while not catastrophic can cause functioning problems if not properly repaired. Any handgun if used enough will require a timing or tune up to replace the pawl and possibly the ratchet and sear will need attention.
The inner workings of the magnum hand gun under excessive pressures will weaken the main spring and leverage. This in turn puts wear on the contact parts. After time there will be throat erosion from poor bullet choices and gas cutting.
The mass or size of a magnum does not assure that the gun will last for ever. The Rugers of which I have many and still own needs mass because it is an investment casting. These cast handguns allow many shooters to own a magnum due to the lower cost. S&W and Colt continue to use receivers milled from Bar Stock milled not cast from powdered metal. Milled from steel recievers do not need the extra weight and bulk to hold pressures.
The Freedom Arms offerings are precision cut and milled not cast. They are the Swiss watch of American handguns. I shot the first handgun to come from the Salt Lake City plant. That was before it moved to Freedom, Wy.
In the end in any hand gun regardless can and will jump the timming.

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Old 07-17-2013, 09:53 PM   #42
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More Ultimate than a Freedom Arms 44 Magnum?
LOL Just as good. Wouldn't want to shoot the load that would blow either up.
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Heck, you can find multiple pics of exploded S&W revolvers...along with many others with a simple picture search.
They are great, but Wesson tends to be better.

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There is a lot of BS about the strength of revolvers. The S&W heavy frame handguns have been around since the Number 3 models of the 1880s. The modern concept of heavy duty handguns is totally based on the S&W "S" and "N" frames. The .357 in 1935 and the .44 Mag. of 1956.
I have owned and shot most models of modern heavy handguns. Where are all these failed and crashed side arms? After over 50 years if the S&W 29 was so fragile there would 1,000s of broken 29s at every gun show? The Mdl. 29s go up in price more than any other heavy hand gun. Western outdoorsman shoot heavy loads in these firearms most of the time. Where is the "Elephant Grave Yard" of all these failed S&W handguns? These stories are passed on by the gun shop experts. These fellows are there every Saturday giving out their advise.
I don’t believe it is a matter of strength and blowing up guns. In the case of the Model 29 it was a matter of things shooting loose and going out of time. It was a result of handgun silhouette shooters loading their guns to the max and shooting several thousand rounds a year. In the late ‘80s S&W developed a modification to the guns to significantly improve endurance. I haven’t really heard any problems reported since.
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