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Custom 44

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by tikit2ryde, Dec 24, 2012.

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  1. tikit2ryde

    tikit2ryde Member

    Mar 9, 2012

    I thought you guy's would be the ones to ask.

    My son and I shoot 44 magnums ,and we are interested in buying a custom built 44 ,5 shot with a 7 1/2 " or 8 3/8 octagon barrel.

    We are looking for a good revolver gunsmith to build the gun.

    Cost is somewhat a factor I would like to stay under $3000.00 if possible.

    Our normal loads are 28.5 gr N110 under a 180gr XTP or 32.5 gr of H110 under same bullet.

    Can anyone recommend a good gunsmith to build us a gun.


    Allen Rubenacker
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Sep 17, 2007
    Eastern KS
  3. Boxhead

    Boxhead Member

    Feb 18, 2006
    Bouncing between Geoje Korea, The Texas Hill Count
    Alan Harton, John Gallagher and Jim Stroh come to mind.
  4. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    I have seen FAs. They are big solid revolvers with a great reputation for accuracy and durability.
    There are a couple of things about them I do not like.
    They are "crisp" with a lot of sharp square corners. Proud of their machine work, I guess, but I would want to dehorn one before I shot it.
    They are officially four shooters. The 83 has a safety block that engages at quarter cock, but they tell you to carry it hammer down on an empty chamber like an 1873 Colt.

    At one time they would provide a replaceable barrel throat insert that you could change out when your light bullet high velocity loads eroded the old one. But I do not see it in their current catalog.

    A friend has multiple custom Rugers. He has Bowens which are very nice but is a regular with John Gallagher. Says he keeps two guns in his shop, whenever one is finished, he takes him another. He showed me a mismatched pair of Single Sixes, one still a .22, the other a .38 Special. Cute, and more interesting to me than a .44.
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