357 Magnum Dilemma

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by 357smallbore, Oct 29, 2021.

  1. brickeyee

    brickeyee Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    That claim is as real then as it is now.
    Forging alters the crystal structure of metal and the boundaries in the metal.
    It makes it significantly stronger in one direction at a slight loss typically at 90 degrees to the crystal structure.
    It is the goal of forging steel (and a few other metals).
    There is a test used in forged material referred to as a 'notch test.'
    A thin section has a notch made using harder material.
    The edges of the notch vary depending on the direction of the metal boundaries at that point.
  2. Skylerbone

    Skylerbone Member

    Feb 5, 2010
    Hawkeye East
    The investment casting process won’t yield the same strength as forged but the Ruger IS beefier AND considerably stronger than the S&W forged frames. The claim is that it has to be, but it is intentionally so and well beyond the small increase otherwise needed to equal its Smith counterpart.
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