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Old 10-12-2012, 05:01 PM   #11
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no reason it would not be safe. Let the wife shoot it first though
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If you question whether the gun is safe to shoot or not, have it checked. A .44-40 cylinder with a .44 Magnum barrel will be fine,BUT it doesn't hurt to check cylinder lock-up and alignment. If you don't feel competent to do this, by all means have someone do it for you.

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If you question whether the gun is safe to shoot or not, have it checked. A .44-40 cylinder with a .44 Magnum barrel will be fine,BUT it doesn't hurt to check cylinder lock-up and alignment. If you don't feel competent to do this, by all means have someone do it for you.

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My only concern was the 44/40 cylinder on a 44 mag barrel. I had read contradicting reports on 44/40 as to the dimensions of the actual projectile. I am very unfamiliar with the round. But after this thread I feel more informed. That's why I came here!
I still think it needs to be checked for alignment Just to be sure.
Thanks for everyone's input and help. I don't post often but when I do I know I'm getting good info.
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many people don't realize that revolvers have a built in fix for mis-alignment. if not aligned the firing pin will not contact the primer square enough to fire. if just slightly out of alignment the forcing cone guides the bullet into the barrel. may cause accuracy to suffer. but unlikely to cause the shooter to suffer.

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These were sold as convertables back in the 1970s. The 44-40 [.428] did not prove to be that accurate in a Remington .44 Mag. barrel [429]. The 44-40 loaded with lead bullets gas cut and leaded the bore. The .44 WCF[44-40] has a weak black powder case reloading life is short. You can reload the 44-40 with a .429 bullets but make sure you change the die expander ball to the .429 or you will damage the very thin 44-40 neck when seating the larger bullet.

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many people don't realize that revolvers have a built in fix for mis-alignment. if not aligned the firing pin will not contact the primer square enough to fire. if just slightly out of alignment the forcing cone guides the bullet into the barrel. may cause accuracy to suffer. but unlikely to cause the shooter to suffer.
A revolver can fire out of alignment enough to shave lead/jacket material. This causes particle spitting and does pose a danger to anyone standing to the side.

My old Colt New Service would leave little crescents of lead to drop into my hand when ejecting empties, until I fixed that.

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My father-in-law recently bought a used Uberti revolver. I have only had a chance to glance so far. On the barrel it is marked 44 Mag.

He took it out to shoot and bought a box of 44 Mag. He called me and said when he put the cartridge in the cylinder about 1/2 in was sticking out of the back of the cylinder. So I had him double check to make sure it says 44 Mag and it did.

The guy he got it from said he never fired the gun for whatever reason. Upon further discussion he told me the guy had given him a box of 44-40 shells with the gun. I am not familiar with this cartridge. I am just assuming here, is the projectile of the 44-40 a .40 cal projectile?

I am not quite sure the model of the revolver but in my OUTDATED gun guide it could be an Uberti Cattleman? In my guide there were no 44 mags listed but there was a 44-40. I searched the Internet and found in 2010 they started producing the Cattleman in 44 Mag. The gun is blued with a case hardened frame and wood grips.

Any ideas of what this could be? I also know there will be requests for photos so I will try to get those ASAP.
Are you familiar with the handling required of a Colt SAA or Colt clone such as Uberti? NEVER carry this gun with a round under the hammer. Only load 5.
The proper proceedure is - bring hammer to loading notch, aka "half cock".
Open loading gate, load one, skip one, load 4. Close loading gate without further movement of cylinder. Bring hammer back to full cock, this will rotate the empty chamber to the proper position, gently lower hammer using thumb. Even though I've been shooting these type guns for years I still visually look at the case heads in the back of the cylinder to make sure the empty chamber is indeed at the top.
To avoid possible damage to the lock work, whenever you draw the hammer back to half cock, complete the cycle to full cock before lowering hammer.
You may already know all this.
I love single actions, got 'em from 22LR to 44 magnum; Rugers, Ubertis, Piettas, even Heritage Arms.
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ricepaddydaddy, where were you in the rice paddies?

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Are you familiar with the handling required of a Colt SAA or Colt clone such as Uberti? NEVER carry this gun with a round under the hammer. Only load 5.
I was going to ask that. I thought that was the case with this one as well. Thanks for looking out, better safe than sorry!


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