General Tso
March 12, 2010, 12:07 AM
Anyone had them do any work? Turn around time? Quality?

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March 12, 2010, 12:23 AM
In the very early 1980s , I had them do two .44mag Pin Guns for me. Quality was excellent on both guns ---- recoil felt lessened by 30+% --- turn around time IIRC was 8-10 weeks ------- might be shorter now , back then they were the first and only game in town.

March 12, 2010, 03:20 AM
In 1976 I sent my Ruger SBH to Magna Port. I couldn't put a percentage on the recoil reduction, but there was enough to notice. I was satisfied.

March 12, 2010, 05:28 AM
Magna-Port does excellent work!
I'll try to post some pictures later.
Magna-Port did this conversion. It's a S&W model 28.

March 12, 2010, 10:09 AM
I concur, great work with acceptable TAT.

But I would not port my revolver if I had the do-over button available.

March 12, 2010, 10:24 AM
a relative of mine had a 4" 629 M-ported back in the '80's. with the hotter factory loads shooting lighter bullets, it was easy to detect a (won't guess %, but not high) reduction in perceived recoil. with middle of the road standard loads for that period, usually around 240 grain, little if any improvement.

same could have been a function of the reduced pressures from the shorter bbl, so take that into consideration if you have a >4" weapon.


March 14, 2010, 01:03 AM
I haven't had any work done by them but I did shoot a Freedom Arms revolver in .454 Casull that had been Magna ported. It had a 10" barrel and a Leupold 2x scope. My impression on recoil was that it felt like a .44 mag, maybe a little less than a 10" Ruger Blackhawk in .44 that I shot a few days later that had a lot of muzzle flip and about the same as my 6.5" S&W 629. That was my only experience with Magna port and a .454 Casull.

March 14, 2010, 04:10 PM
Magnaport works as advertised!. Here are the handguns I have used their services on, and the perceived change in recoil:

TC Contender 14" in .35 Remington: Rifle type porting (2 horizontal, 2 angled ports) tamed the beast to feel like a model 19 S&W with stout loads. Before porting it was unmanageable for me.

Ruger Super Blackhawk in 45 LC: With porting, I was able to shoot high power handloads with ease.

S&W .44 mag Mountain Gun: quad ported (2 sets of angled ports) and full action job by Magnaport has made light 4" revolver feel like a 6" heavy bbl version.

It also made shooting a .375 H&H rifle, and 12 ga. OU much more peasant (but that's for other forums) .

March 14, 2010, 06:27 PM
Keep in mind that many people consider Magna Porting to reduce the value of a firearm, so if you ever intend to sell it later on, you will likely take a hit on the resale cost. Don't ask me why, but this is what I've been told. On some firearms it just makes sense, and honestly makes them a better gun. Although if I was doing it on a rifle, I'd probably get a Magna-Brake instead. It's more effective and doesn't reduce effective barrel length.

March 14, 2010, 08:16 PM
I have had both handguns and long guns Magna-ported.

They do excellent work.

March 14, 2010, 08:29 PM
About five (5) years ago, they customized a S&W Model 13-2 3 1/2 inch barrel for me. They ported the barrel, bobbed the hammer, converted action to DAO, slicked and rounded the trigger, etc.

Around that same period, they also ported a Model 66 2 1/2 inch and several J-frames and Pro-Ported my Scattergun Technologies Remington 870. It took about two and a half weeks from outgoing to return on each order.

I have been VERY pleased with the results!

March 14, 2010, 09:09 PM
Magna-Port is top notch. The only ported pistol I have left is a Hybra Ported SP101 but I have never experienced the supposed problems many cite about ported firearms only the benefits.

March 14, 2010, 11:33 PM
Larry Kelly did/does very good custom work, top notch would not be going overboard. The muzzle rise is certainly lessened a bunch. Maybe a little recoil too. I used him since 1976 until 1996 on quite a few projects, he never botched anything.

March 15, 2010, 06:45 AM
I had 3 different .44's MAGNA PORTED and bought my last .357 magnum 586 because it had already been MAGNA PORTED. It really improves the gun if it uses high pressure ammo or has a short barrel.

As for lowering the value. That is subjective. If getting a better performing gun is important to the buyer, it could raise the value.


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