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Widder, SASS #59054

? about Ruger pistol strength

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When Ruger makes a pistol, is the strength of the steel the same for their .44 magnums,  Super Blackhawks and Super Blackhawk Hunter

models the same as their .454 Casull and .480 revolvers?

 

..........Widder

 

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That is a very good question. I would assume the answer is “yes”, but only they could truly answer that. 

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Widder,

Here is what I would do. I would review this attachment then call Ruger and ask them what steels they use in each model using their own casting charts as a reference. 
 

https://ruger.com/casting/PDF/PineTreeCastings.pdf

 

 

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39 minutes ago, Pat Riot, SASS #13748 said:

Widder,

Here is what I would do. I would review this attachment then call Ruger and ask them what steels they use in each model using their own casting charts as a reference. 
 

https://ruger.com/casting/PDF/PineTreeCastings.pdf

 

 

As a material science/technology engineer I find that data fascinating.  I don't know what alloy Ruger uses in its .454 Casull guns.  Freedom Arms used 17-4 PH (Precipitation Hardening) alloy for its guns.  That stuff is hellferstout!  Although they call it "stainless steel", it is a different type of alloy in that family.  As far as I know, the single action Rugers are also very strong.  When the New Vaquero came out, I was told by someone definitely in the know, that the New gun was very strong also, although they state NOT to load .45LC guns in that model hotter than a Colt's SAA. Having shot the original Freedom Arms gun in .454 (two shots were enough, thank you!), I would not buy one.  That has nothing to do with the strength of the guns, but with the low strength of this shooter's wrists.  A DA grip sends the recoil straight back, whereas the SA's will roll in the hand.  Just be careful not to let the hammer spur hit you in the noggin! :o

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Pre-2005 Rugers were made for 44 magnums... new ones are 44 Special.
1-800-ASK-RUGER (fictitious number) is your friend.

I have no love for full house loads, but I have lots of love for mine (all pre-2005) being designed enough to handle them.

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