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My first 44 disassembly.
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March 14, 2020
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Hello Forum.

 

I had the pleasure of disassembling and cleaning a 744 that I recently purchased.  To say it was dirty was an understatement.  I had disassembled several 15-2s without any problems so I figured the 44 was made the same. Boy was I wrong.  

I was shocked when I discovered it didn’t have a side plate and came apart very similar to a Ruger GP 100. I got it apart and put in the ultrasonic cleaner for what seemed like hours. Actually it was only about 20 minutes but it came clean with very little scrubbing with a brush.  Then came the real fun.  Trying to put it all back together.  (NO, I didn’t take pictures!!!!) The trigger assembly went back together well as did the cylinder.  Then the REAL FUN started.  Getting the trigger and hammer into the frame correctly… NO!  You can’t put the hammer spring in yet either..  It had to go in last so I could get the trigger and hammer together.  It only took me 2 hours to figure that out.  You Tube could have taught me in 10 minutes but I’m OLD school.  I can do this! 

All said and done I enjoyed the time I spent working on this fine gun.  I enjoy doing trigger jobs and cleaning guns to make them run smoother and shoot better.  I can’t wait to get it to the range and try it out.   It came with an 8 inch barrel but I bought a new 3 inch barrel a few weeks ago that looks great on it too.  

Good shooting.

Steve

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March 15, 2020
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Its always good to know your way around the machinery you work with!  From the 2nd post on the Large Frame Disassembly Tutorial : “Tie the hand and transfer bar together with a piece of thread.  When you position the trigger guard into place. pull the trigger about half way and everything lines right up.  Latch it into place then break the thread off.” 

Technically, the glass is always full; half liquid, half air....

March 18, 2020
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rwsem said
Its always good to know your way around the machinery you work with!  From the 2nd post on the Large Frame Disassembly Tutorial : “Tie the hand and transfer bar together with a piece of thread.  When you position the trigger guard into place. pull the trigger about half way and everything lines right up.  Latch it into place then break the thread off.”   

Thank you very much…  I will go read the tutorial now and save myself a lot of trouble in the future.  

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March 24, 2020
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rwsem said
Its always good to know your way around the machinery you work with!  From the 2nd post on the Large Frame Disassembly Tutorial : “Tie the hand and transfer bar together with a piece of thread.  When you position the trigger guard into place. pull the trigger about half way and everything lines right up.  Latch it into place then break the thread off.”  

Today I did my second Stainless 44 mag and I followed your instruction about tying the hand and transfer bar together and it worked GREAT!!!.  I had the gun back together in about 10 minutes and it worked very well.  

The gun was a new purchase for me and it too was very dirty.  I cleaned it and polished a few parts before I assembled it.   Wow, you talking about a much smoother gun.  I can’t wait for the range to open so I can give it a good workout.  

Thanks again for your help

Steve

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March 24, 2020
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Technically, the glass is always full; half liquid, half air....

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