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 Post subject: 44 Special Project
PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 6:54 pm 
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A lot of folks have asked me to document/photograph a Ruger conversion. Decided to finally do it with a 44 Special project I'm about to start. Here's the base gun:

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It's your basic OM 357 from 1963. The plan is to de-anodize the gripframe and ejector housing, fit a 4 5/8" stainless barrel, and machine a cylinder out of 17-4 stainless. The frame, side screws, and loading gate will then get Mahovsky's Metalife (hard-chrome which looks like brushed stainless). I should be able to match the barrel and cylinder to the frame.

I'll periodically post pictures to this thread as it progresses (to include the machining & heat treating)

BTW, I was going to just hard chrome a Lipseys but thought this would be more fun.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 7:12 pm 
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Hot damn. Looking forward to watching this!


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 7:30 pm 
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Great thread idea Lee! I've got but one question for ya though. You say that you are a hobbiest gunsmith. Then what the heck do you do with all these fine revolvers that I see on this forum?

I just had to ask!

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 7:43 pm 
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Thanks Lee. I think there are a lot of us that are really going to enjoy watching your progress. Great idea!


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 8:00 pm 
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[quote="pvtschultz"]Then what the heck do you do with all these fine revolvers that I see on this forum?

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I shoot the hell out of them :lol:

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I will stay tuned!!! stuger hawk

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 6:25 am 
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This will be interesting. Always like your work.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 4:17 pm 
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It's a shame to do that to such a nice gun. Sell it to me and buy a beat up one to refinish. :mrgreen:

And living in Arlington, I bet you do have to shoot them a lot...


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 6:45 am 
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ChuckS1 wrote:
And living in Arlington, I bet you do have to shoot them a lot...


You're thinking of that city across the Potomac. Arlington is a great place to live (minus the very liberal county board).

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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2009 8:11 pm 
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I finally got around to blanking out the cylinder for my OM 44 Special. Here are some of the steps involved;

I start with blank 2” round 17-4 stainless:

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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2009 8:12 pm 
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Rockwell testing to ensure it’s properly annealed:

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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2009 8:12 pm 
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Outside turning to 1.72” (final cylinder diameter will be around 1.67”)

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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2009 8:12 pm 
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Cutting off a length to a little over 1.90” (final length around 1.845”)

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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2009 8:13 pm 
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Both ends faced in a lathe:

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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2009 8:13 pm 
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Center drilling:

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