OM 357 question

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stevem

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I picked up two old model 357's last summer. Both have 6 1/2" barrels. Old older one has a serial # that'll puts it in/around 1967 and has a orange insert on the front sight. Would that have been original? The newer of the two, 1960/70 s/n doesn't have an insert?
One I plan on keeping as a 357, the other will be a custom 44 special with a Colt New Frontier barrel at some point.
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vlavalle

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I have exactly the same Ruger .357 Mag, with a 6 1/2 barrel. I bought it in 1966 and it does not have the orange insert. It has been a terrific gun, and I had it upgraded in 2014 so I can load all 6 chambers safely now. Ruger upgraded it for free, and sent me all the parts that ever changed, in case I ever wanted to put it back. Also, after they updated it, I asked them if they could make a 9mm cylinder for it, and they said NO! I guess their thinking is that it would force me to buy a new one that comes with a 9mm cylinder, which I will never do. What did you pay?
 

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"I asked them if they could make a 9mm cylinder for it, and they said NO!"

Ruger used to make spare cylinders ONLY if they had offered that model as a normal factory offering. Since your gun was made PRIOR to them offering the .9mm/.357 convertible,, may be why they refused to do it.

Besides,, they no longer offer OM parts of any kind. That may also be a valid reason.
 

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Contender, I am sorry to say but I do not think that your info is incorrect. Ruger use to make spare 9mm cylinders for people who own .357 Mag revolvers already, but I got into the program too late. I might have been successful if I thought about it and asked when I sent in mine for the upgrade. I think I was that close in the timing. I am pretty sure that they did indeed do Cylinder production for older .359 Mag revolvers like mine. But clearly, they do not now.
 

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You may well be correct. I was putting out speculation based upon stuff I've seen over the years.

yes,, they USED to make spare cylinder,, but only if they offered a model as a convertible already. For example,, they would not make a 32-20 cylinder for a .30 Carbine. But they did make .45 acp & .9mm cylinders for the Blackhawks, after they introduced their own convertibles.

And I was told many years ago directly by folks at Ruger that they no longer did any parts for Old Models. I was told; "Liability" reasons.
 
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