Well you do know that the RM and triple lock, are pre war long action guns, whereas the 44 mag, and most post war S&W have the short action, which decreased lock time, to increase accuracy? You know that right? They are supposed to be different. The gun that you handled could have just needed lubed or something. Unless you take it apart, you really can't comment on the internals and the quality or lack thereof internally. I like the feel of the pre war action, but I never shot them side by side. A collector friend of mine informed me that many pre war long actions were converted privately to shorter actions for the accuracy benefits.
Winchester 73, the TFL user that won the west