Taurus M44 44 Mag. Again.


August 20, 2003, 08:31 PM
I was out shooting the 44mag again today. When two strange incidents occured.
1.While firing. A cartridge some how got stuck in between the cylinder and ejector. Or the "Star" (Failed to fire).

2. I was checking out the problem above. I loaded 3 rounds in the gun. Fired one shot. Cocked the hammer fired again (click) nothing happened. It was as if I had not cocked the hammer or the cylinder didnt turn.. I tried again and fired the 2 remaining rounds. Whats the deal?

Could it be just cheap ammo? Winchester 240gr. White Box from Wal Mart.

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August 21, 2003, 12:35 AM

August 21, 2003, 12:52 AM
Take your ( unloaded ) gun, with cylinder open, hold it up, muzzle down and look inside the frame, HOPEFULLY, you will not see the firing pin sticking out. Don't mean to be a bearer of bad news, but it's possible that there's a problem with the firing pin/spring. This happened to my 445 44 spec. and the pin eventually showed it self; something in the works broke and Taurus had to repair the gun....

Mike M.

August 21, 2003, 01:31 AM
Thanks for the info Mike.
Would you happen to know how the Bullet rim got past the ejector? It was stuck between the cylinder and ejector also.:(

August 21, 2003, 03:03 AM
Only thing I can think of is that a piece of unburnt powder or some fouling got under the star and cocked it enough to let the cartridge rim slide under. One of the more knowledgable pistoleros here will surely help out soon......:D

Old Fuff
August 21, 2003, 10:56 AM
It's hard to answer you're questions without actually examining the gun, and speculating could send you in a wrong direction.

That said, maybe the cartridge had an undersized rim, or the chamber(s) are oversized so the rim was able to slip under the extractor star. If a round was jammed out-of-line it would tie up the cylinder.

I suggest you clean the gun, load the cylinder with FIRED BRASS ( and make sure it is **fired brass**) and see if you can duplicate what happened at the range. Observe carefully, and maybe some additional clues will be discovered.

Pappy John
August 21, 2003, 01:03 PM
When you ejector star jumped the rim, was the gun fully loaded or did you just have one bullet in the cylinder?

August 21, 2003, 01:04 PM
Ok, Thanks Old Fuff.

August 21, 2003, 04:37 PM
Problem #2 sounds like the cylinder may have unlatched and rotated backwards after firing the first shot, then when you cocked the hammer it rotated the just fired chamber into firing position. It's a problem that plagues some new S&W 500's and was a problem with some older M29 Smiths with heavy loads, I've never heard of it happening with the Taurus but I'd think it could happen. IF that's what the problem is a stronger bolt stop spring should take care of it.

Does it happen often? Only with heavy loads, or with anything you fire in it?

August 21, 2003, 04:43 PM
Pappy John, The gun was fully loaded when the ejector star jumped the round.

JohnK, It only happened once. It hasnt done it in the past.

August 21, 2003, 11:45 PM
Well? Dont just leave me stranded like that. Is there some thing I should know?

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