Originally Posted by Colby
Hope you don't mind explaining to a not so well versed mate - about your gun. You converted this gun from 357 to 44 Mag? How? Replace barrel and cylinder? Is that easy stuff to do??
The original .357 Magnum cylinder was re-bored and chambered to .44 Special. In my case the original barrel was re-bored and rifled to .429" dia. But a new .44 barrel, either from a .44 Magnum or a custom, can be used.
Esy to do? If you're Dave Clements who did my work, I reckon its easy. I
couldn't do it, though. It is a job left to an experienced gunsmith.
Why do it? The original Ruger .357 were built on a medium frame, hence are lighter and more compact than current Ruger .44 Magnums. The new .44 Special Flat Top is an exception, going back to the old mid-size frame. But then, it is a transfer-bar model.