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Questions about Magnum Research .44 Desert eagle

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by Brandon B, Oct 5, 2017.

  1. Brandon B

    Brandon B Member

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    Hello all,
    I am a new member and I have some questions regarding the .44 mag Magnum Research Desert Eagle.
    Quick back ground on myself -
    I’ve owned/operated/trained with firearms for about 10 years and like to consider myself (being humble as possible) somewhat on the knowledgeable side in regards to components and functionality of firearms.


    So here’s the main point of my post... (and sorry if I am posting in the wrong section I am new to this)

    I’ve always loved the desert eagle platform. But when I purchase guns I think about real life usability. I was at the range the other day with my 2 ARs, RH10 and Glock 17. The range master knows me pretty well after all these years and offered to let me try out a few of his “newly received” rentals. I had to choose the Magnum Research Desert Eagle chambered in .44 mag.
    Knowing less than most about .44 mag, I grabbed a box of cheap PMC .44 mag ammo off the shelf and loaded up this bulky SOB. First shot went bang, but immediately jammed up. Second round nose dived and caused a FTF. I attributed this to possible loose arm due to never shooting .44 mag before. I fixed the issue. Second shot, same thing. Repeated this 3 or 4 times and finally thought I should bring it to the shops attention. I grabbed the most knowledgeable guy I know of at that range / shop and he came out with me. He has the .50 and the .44 and says he never had problems with either. Although with this one he was experiencing the same FTF.

    We went with Remington next. Little higher quality and also higher grain. Still same issues.

    He lubed the hell out of it, and with no success after that he attributed it to being a faulty spring(said it happens a lot with this firearm).

    So it kind of turned me off to the desert eagle. After many searches online I see mixed reviews. Some say it’s never had an issue after 1000 rounds, some say it’s a little finicky.

    Any .44 mag DE owners on here experience this or did I get one of the lemons? (It definitely was one of a kind, the shop decided to get it cerokoted in a pink leopard print design LOL.)

    I’d love your input as to wether or not I should still consider picking one up.
    Thanks!

    B
     
  2. drk1

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    Welcome and thanks for the questions. Let me begin by saying that I'm no expert, but there are a couple of things to consider. First, I used to try to explain to folks that some pistols simply preferred some ammunition more than others. You may have been headed in the right direction when you moved away from the PMC, but just didn't find what that particular pistol liked... yet. With today's prices for ammunition, that can get expensive. Second, the Desert Eagle has a gas port. That gas port gets dirty and typically produces the kind of problems that you described. You mentioned that this was a " 'newly received' rental" which means that it may be very, very dirty. You also mentioned that it had been cerokoted. The port may have become clogged or damaged when that was done. Check around on-line and you'll find information about cleaning the gas port. It was a common reason Desert Eagles came into the shop and most of the time it was an easy fix. Always enjoyed sending folks away happy! Hope this helps. Keep us posted.
     
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  3. tcj

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    I've got a couple of thousand of rounds through my 44 and the only time I have a problem with it is when it gets dirty - which can happen within 100 rounds depending upon the ammo and how much lube was used.

    You can also get FTF's due to underpowered ammo, weak springs, magazine problems, limp wristing or if you don't let the magazine "float" (don't touch it while firing).

    The DE needs full powered ammo (I reload with max H110 under a 240gr semi jacketed soft point).

    It's one of my favorite range toys. Now looking for a 357 barrel & bolt to use as well.
     
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  4. Brandon B

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    Very helpful thank you!
     
  5. Brandon B

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    Thanks man I bet it was just filthy. The guy behind the counter has a few DE so he taught me how to shoot it properly since it’s a new gun to me. Thought it was me at first until he couldn’t get any rounds out of it either.
     
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