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metal alloy vs stainless steel

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by whitecloud, Feb 15, 2010.

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  1. whitecloud

    whitecloud Member

    Jan 15, 2009
    I searched this particular forum and didn't find specifics on my question, so I'll ask it hoping this hasn't been ask before. I'm looking at my first revolver, it comes as either blued, stainless or a forged metal alloy. Since this gun will handle 410 shotloads as well as 45 cal. rnds. how will the alloy hold up to the stress of shotloads as well as 45 rnds? Thank you for any info offered!
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  2. nicholst55

    nicholst55 Member

    Mar 4, 2007
    37*55'N, 127*04'E
    By 'forged metal alloy,' I presume you mean aluminum. I suppose a lot depends on how often you'll shoot it, and what kind of .45 Colt loads you'll use. For an occasional diet of typical factory ammo, aluminum should be okay. For a steady diet of Buffalo Bore (or comparable) dinosaur-stoppers? Not so much.

    Personally, I'm old school; I prefer steel handguns - either blued chrome-moly, or stainles.
  3. 19-3Ben

    19-3Ben Member

    Nov 5, 2006
    It sounds like you are looking at the Taurus Judge. If this is something you're thought long and hard about go for it.
    But as a first revolver I'm not sure "common wisdom" would recommend the judge.

    Expensive ammo, novelty gun, more bark than bite, more recoil than other effective calibers, etc...

    Just a thought. And like I said, I don't know your individual circumstances so the Judge may be just what you're looking for. I just know if I was looking for a first revolver (for general defense and range work), I'd be all over one of These.
  4. berettashotgun

    berettashotgun Member

    May 8, 2005
    Aluminum isn't used much on pistols and revolvers.
    Or rifles.
    ON THE STRESSED parts. Make sure you get that straight.
    As far as alloy vs. corrosion resistant steel ( stainless) ~ A lot of parts made out of whatever are going to fail and wear out decades before the cylinder or frame of a revolver.
    On a pistol - about ditto.
    If you want some liner friction coefficient formula - I don't have.
  5. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Sep 17, 2007
    Eastern KS
    I strongly second the opinion that your first revolver (and maybe your first handgun?) should not be a two trick pony .45/.410.

    Buy something you can afford to shoot, a lot, so you can afford to learn to shoot.

    .410 ammo is $3.00 bucks a cylinder full of five.
    The cheapest .45 Colt ammo is even more.

    Suggest a .22RF for your first handgun, and probably a .38 Spl/.357 Mag as your first center-fire revolver.

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