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This is a discussion on Free-Spin Question within the Ruger Single Action forums, part of the Pistol & Revolver Forum category; I have two Flattops that came with that indexing system, one an anniversary .44 Mag & the other a first-run Lipsey's blued .44 Special. Both ...


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Old April 21st, 2017, 10:55 PM   #16
 
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I have two Flattops that came with that indexing system, one an anniversary .44 Mag & the other a first-run Lipsey's blued .44 Special.

Both have had the plungers removed.
I prefer the free-spin cylinder on them because it's easier to re-align a chamber if I over-rotate past one, more convenient loading for me.

I also don't want to take the chance of a plunger freezing up with accumulated gunk & powder residue and locking the cylinder.
While I'm not knocking Ruger's design there, I don't entirely trust it over the long run.
My gunsmith has had to fix one where the plunger somehow got itself slightly cockeyed in its channel & did freeze up.

Much simpler for my purposes & peace of mind to just remove the assembly completely.

I am not suggesting anybody else do it, I am not interested in defending my decision or debating it, I offer no sarcasm or derision in either direction.
I merely respond to the original post & further state that it won't harm the gun or make it any less "safe".

If you like the chamber indexing, stick to the factory plunger.
If you like the free-spin, remove it.
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Old April 24th, 2017, 09:03 PM   #17
 
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Accepting a potential failure point to get a six shot, drop proof six shooter is a better deal than accepting a potential failure point for clicks and indexing. Simplicity is getting scarce.
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I think there is confusion in these discussions about free-spin versus doing a plunger conversion to make the NMBH index on the loading gate, as does a SAA, Vaquero, or Flat Top, the latter two using the plunger and an extra hole in the frame, hammer down.
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