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Old June 29th, 2011, 01:08 PM   #1
 
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.38 Sp in 77/357

I asked Ruger about using .38's in the new 77/357 and here is their reply:

"The 77/357 will usually function well when loaded with .38 Special. However, the left over space in the magazine allows .38 Special cartridges room to migrate, occasionally to where the rim of the top round gets caught behind the rim of the round below, causing a "rim lock" jam. The incidence rate of this malfunction is fairly low, and varies by ammunition type. If you want to shoot .38 Special in your 77/357 you are welcome to do so, but you can't blame your gun if it does not function perfectly. The gun was designed to shoot, and will shoot best, with 357 Magnum ammunition."



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Old June 29th, 2011, 02:06 PM   #2
 
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I'm surprised no manufacturer jumped in with an aftermarket magazine for the 77/44 made for special instead of mag. Maybe one will be made for the 357/44. Just thinking it shouldn't be that hard to design a magazine with some extra material to take up the difference.
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If you want light recoil use a 357 case cowboy load. Several companies make these and they are accurate in lever 357s dont know why not in a 77/44
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