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DHBillings

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I'd like to comment if I may about the Ruger 44-40/44 spl-mag question. Several years ago I purchased a 51/2 in. Ruger Vaquero, ANIB, at a local firearms auction for a very good price. Wondered if a old Blackhawk or Vaquero 44 Mag cylinder could be fitted to this revolver. I called Ruger Tech Service and found that Ruger used the same barrel on both their 44-40 and 44 Mag pistols. With that knowledge, I starrted looking around, and finally found an original Blackhawk 44 Mag cylinder in excellent condition. With a minor bit of fitting . it worked perfectly in my 44-40 Vaquero and the fit and timing were perfect. To top things off, it turned out to be an excellent shooter, giving me 11/2 '' groups at 25 yds. I'm mentioning all this, since you could do the reverse; buy a Vaquero 44 Mag revolver, and locate a 44-40 cylinder for it. Solve's your problem! BTW, I did the same thing wit a Vaquero 45 Colt revolver, fitted a 45 ACP cylinder to it for a another excellent shooter for dual catridges.
I have done the same thing many times. It only takes a little work to get Ruger cylinders to interchange. ALL Ruger 45s are the same size, both Old Models AND New Models. I have a 44-40 Vaquero I fitted a 44 Mag cylinder to. I also have a 44 Spec Blackhawk but a 44 Mag cylinder is way too large to fit. That is why I want to fit it (the 44 Spec) with a 44-40 cylinder.
 

LimaCharlie

Bearcat
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The top revolver is a Colt Frontier Six Shooter in .44-40 built in 1919.
Colt SAA Revolvers.jpg
 

beginner

Bearcat
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Apr 20, 2018
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I could get you halfway there. I have a 7.5” 44-40 that I sent to Ruger and they opened up the throats to .430. It is a blued color case vaquero that I would sell if interested
 

buckeyeshooter

Blackhawk
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Ohio
I bought 44 magnum stainless vaqueros and had extra blued cylinders chambered in 44-40 fitted to them. As the barrels are .430, I had the cylinders throats opened to .430 when they were drilled. So, I can use .430 bullets for both. I had this done in 2009. Cost me $220. per gun back then ( gunsmith work and the cost of the cylinders). I have been using them for CAS from that time. 44-40 for black powder classes and 44 magnum for smokeless classes.
 

Biggfoot44

Blackhawk
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Back in the day ,I read in the gun 'zines that .44 mag cylinders could be rechambered to .44-40 , is there some reason this isn't viable ? ( Yeah you would use .429- .430 dia bullets .)
 

sandoo21

Bearcat
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Feb 22, 2017
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Just to be clear, I can get a 44/40 cylinder for my 44mag Ruger Blackhawk and shoot those rounds safely??
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