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Old 07-11-2012, 08:26 AM
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Thinking of finding a M28 and turning it into a .44 spl. Anyone been there done that? I have no skills so would be farming out all of the work. What am I getting myself into? Would you make the plunge? Pros/cons?

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Old 07-12-2012, 05:31 PM
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KB, why not just buy a 24?
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Old 07-12-2012, 07:04 PM
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iF YOU "BEAT THE BUSHES',,YOU JUST MIGHT FIND ONE ALLREADY DONE,,,OTHERWISER,,YOU RUN THE RISK OF SPENDING MORE BUILDING ONE THAN BUYING A 24..OR A 29......TIN..
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Old 07-12-2012, 10:29 PM
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Back in 1976, ten years after the .44 Special S&Ws had been dropped from production, I had a M27 converted. A few years ago I lucked into a decent M28 and a 1950 .44 Special Target barrel. I had Alan Harton down in Houston do the conversion. I later sold the M28 and was able to break even.

You would be better off locating a M24-3 or a M624. A lot cheaper way to go in the long run, plus you have a revolver that was built by the factory as a .44 Special.
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Like Muley Gil, I did up this one in 1976. It's in .45 Colt however.

Not perfect, but in those bad old days you couldn't get anything like this from S&W.









It shoots reasonably well, but the .357 magnum height front sight blade is all wrong for the .45 Colt (and would be for .44 Spl. too). I needs to be alot taller. Instead, I loaded 200 grain bullets at around 1,000 fps to get the bullets to impact close to the point of aim.

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Old 07-12-2012, 10:56 PM
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Like Muley Gil, I did up this one in 1976. It's in .45 Colt however.

Not perfect, but in those bad old days you couldn't get anything like this from S&W.









It shoots reasonably well, but the .357 magnum height front sight blade is all wrong for the .45 Colt (and would be for .44 Spl. too). I needs to be alot taller. Instead, I loaded 200 grain bullets at around 1,000 fps to get the bullets to impact close to the point of aim.

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Is that the original 28 barrel bored out to 45 colt?

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I would suggest that you might be better off financially finding either a Model 24 in one of it's variations or a 624.
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Old 07-13-2012, 01:34 PM
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Aren't there new 44 specials offered today in the S&W line up of N frames?

I would buy a new S&W M58 and shoot the 41 specials??
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IMO the 629 Mountain gun is probably a better investment.
It is stainless like the 624 but shoots Magnums too.

If you want a project why not have a 629 Mountain gun barrel mounted on a long tube 629.
If you dont like SS they did make a blued 44 MG and you can fill the hole with "the Plug".


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Old 07-13-2012, 07:43 PM
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Did they just discontinue the S&W in 44 special again? I didn't see it on there website. My LGS has a 6" barreled S&W rev. in 44 special in nickel. If this brand new S&W revolver is discontinued again i'' buy it tomorrow.
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Is that the original 28 barrel bored out to 45 colt?

Kevin
Yup Kevin. The work was done by Dave Woodruff of Bear, Delaware.

The origional Model 28 barrel was bored and fit with a .452" liner.

Not much to work with is there?

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OK guys thanks for the input. I believe you have convinced me and saved me a lot of headaches.
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