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This is a discussion on Birdshead Stainless 44Mag Problems within the Ruger Single Action forums, part of the Pistol & Revolver Forum category; Hello first off i am pretty new to Ruger revolvers. Well while shopping online i run across one of the Talo birdshead 44mag stainless and ...

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Old April 29th, 2017, 01:09 PM   #1
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Birdshead Stainless 44Mag Problems

Hello first off i am pretty new to Ruger revolvers. Well while shopping online i run across one of the Talo birdshead 44mag stainless and fell in love and just had to have it. Well i got it in a couple days ago and really didn't look it over good till i got home. First thing i noticed was the grips where very loose when i received it no biggie just tighten and good to go. Then i noticed the finish is less than desirable.Rear screw holes all buggered up from assemble. The grip frame sets to left a little Which has some very sharp edges around it. And lots of machine marks and a rather dull polishing. Well after loading it up for the first time the loading gate was pretty stiff and i noticed the loading gate don't line up even with the frame. Anyway on to the main problem. With the loading gate not lined up with the frame the cartridge can slide back some and snags the corner of the loading gate detent spring that's not fully flush with the loading gate when its closed. It don't do it all the time only sometimes if the cartridge slides back any. If its pointed toward the ground its ok. But if it tilts back any it can happen and will only go to half cock and have to drop the gun down some or wiggle it so the cartridge will slide by the corner of the detent spring. I am going to call Ruger monday. I just wanted to get other peoples opinions on the problems and the blemishes and share my experience with my new Birdshead 44mag. Thanks
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Old April 29th, 2017, 01:23 PM   #2
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Sorry to here all that.
I had to send mine back too but only because of the barrel cylinder gap was to tight, called Ruger customer service they emailed me a shipping label, I sent it on a Wednesday and had it back the Thursday of the following week all fixed up.
The rest of the gun is flawless, give them a call they'll fix you right up
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Old April 29th, 2017, 02:26 PM   #3
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Send it back to them - they'll make it right.
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Old April 29th, 2017, 04:37 PM   #4
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Hopefully we will start to see better quality control in the coming year. Ruger and other firearm makers were having problems keeping up with demand while Obama was in office and the fear that Hillary would get elected.
Numerous types of firearms were selling as fast as they could get them out the door and quality control could not keep up with the volume. Now that we have a more pro gun president and a GOP majority, the fear buying has stopped and hopefully quality control will improve and catch the mistakes before they get out the door.
Ruger's saving grace is the fact they follow up with excellent customer service and will fix a problem on their dime that quality control failed to catch.
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Sorry to hear of anyone having issues with their new revolver. The grip fit is the worst I've seen on a birdshead. Shooting .44magnums would be no fun at all with that much sharp-edged bare frame showing. You should definitely be able to cock your gun in any orientation, not just barrel down. Hopefully your turn-around time with Ruger customer service will be quick.
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Sorry to hear that. When I got mine last fall , my LGS inspected it before I got the call that it was in, and ready for pickup. It's as good as a factory gun can be. Really likes my load of 9gr. Universal behind 265gr. powder coated Keith bullet out of a RCBS mold.
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Call Ruger and they will have the gun sent into them and probably replace it with those kind of problems.

Good Luck, very inconvenient and poor quality control. But they will make it right.

Good Luck and keep us up today.
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