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Old May 12, 2022, 02:55 PM   #1
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Just got this 3 screw Ruger flat top, 44 Magnum, made in 1957, the year I was born. It’s in great condition, no turn line. The loading gate has turned a lovely dark plum color and the grips have faded a little and warped, so I ordered a set of reproduction stocks to use while shooting. I’ve always liked the round trigger guard and fluted cylinder over the Super Blackhawk style. The coffee clatch at the LGS I had it shipped to were ooing and awing over it when I went in to pick it up. I’ve been buying a lot of “I always wanted” guns because now I can afford them. Sort of like classic cars.
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Old May 12, 2022, 03:00 PM   #2
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I'll second the oohs and aahs. Congrats.
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Old May 12, 2022, 03:06 PM   #3
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Very nice!
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Old May 12, 2022, 03:23 PM   #4
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That’s a beauty
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Old May 12, 2022, 03:44 PM   #5
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Vintage !!!

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Single action, flat top !!! how much better can it get. Lucky you and great find !!!

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Old May 12, 2022, 08:36 PM   #6
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Old May 12, 2022, 10:17 PM   #7
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I had one of those .44 Magnum Flat Tops. Mine had a one inch shorter barrel than yours and had wooden grips. Sadly, it was lost to a house fire... melted the aluminum alloy frame.
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Old May 13, 2022, 07:20 AM   #8
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That is gorgeous, I'd never guess it was made when it was.
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Old May 13, 2022, 10:22 AM   #9
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dahermit said "I had one of those .44 Magnum Flat Tops. Mine had a one inch shorter barrel than yours and had wooden grips. Sadly, it was lost to a house fire... melted the aluminum alloy frame."

Can't tell if that's a true story or another version of the "my boat sunk" story. If true, I'm sorry for your loss.

Anyway...lovely piece. Ruger should have stayed with the 3 screws instead of going with the pins.

No Rugers on my birth date either.
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Old May 13, 2022, 03:39 PM   #10
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Fired first shots today, using vintage ammo, when the factories loaded to 1400 fps. 240 grain, copper washed, SWC. Distance is 25 yards. I had forgotten how wicked the recoil is with the stock grip.
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Old May 13, 2022, 06:23 PM   #11
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Sweet!

Sweet! Enjoy it, enjoy it, enjoy it!
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Old May 14, 2022, 01:52 AM   #12
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I had one of those .44 Magnum Flat Tops. Mine had a one inch shorter barrel than yours and had wooden grips. Sadly, it was lost to a house fire... melted the aluminum alloy frame.
You mean it melted the grip frame?
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Old May 14, 2022, 08:06 AM   #13
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dahermit said "I had one of those .44 Magnum Flat Tops. Mine had a one inch shorter barrel than yours and had wooden grips. Sadly, it was lost to a house fire... melted the aluminum alloy frame."

Can't tell if that's a true story or another version of the "my boat sunk" story. If true, I'm sorry for your loss.

Anyway...lovely piece. Ruger should have stayed with the 3 screws instead of going with the pins.

No Rugers on my birth date either.
I am not in the habit of making things up. Are you?

As I remember, I had a problem with that flat top. The ejection rod housing was held on with a screw at the front. Instead of the hole for that screw being threaded, they had pressed a threaded bushing into the hole in which to screw that screw into. That bushing ended up coming loose during recoil. My local gunsmith (Rex Pedersen's dad) tried soft soldering it back in, but soft solder was not strong enough and it popped out again. He ended up silver soldering it back into place which, due to the heat burned the blue off in that area of the barrel. Nevertheless, the bushing never came loose again.

Note: Rex Pedersen was a gun engraver of some note years ago.

Convinced of my veracity now?
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Old May 14, 2022, 09:33 AM   #14
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Beautiful...simply beautiful. Rod
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Old May 14, 2022, 11:56 AM   #15
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I don't doubt the veracity of the story but they didn't make them shorter than that. There was a few 7.5's and 10 inch guns but not 5.5's.
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Old May 14, 2022, 12:02 PM   #16
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I've never seen a photo of one and it's pristine. Never heard it called a senior citizen either and that's LOL. Those flutes sure make the gun look better than the newer ones too.
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Old May 14, 2022, 12:35 PM   #17
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You mean it melted the grip frame?
Yes. I had no idea that the grip frame was not steel... until looking at it after the fire.
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Old May 14, 2022, 12:37 PM   #18
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I don't doubt the veracity of the story but they didn't make them shorter than that. There was a few 7.5's and 10 inch guns but not 5.5's.
Looking again at the O.P.'s picture, I think you are right. The barrel length of mine likely was the same as his... it has been a long, long time ago.
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Old May 14, 2022, 12:44 PM   #19
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Datz rite, Bob Wright. No Rugers made in my birth year of 1948.
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I titled the post “Senior Citizen “ because we both turned 65 this year.
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Old May 16, 2022, 01:14 PM   #21
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Forgot to say, it is a really, really nice flat top.
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Old May 18, 2022, 01:51 PM   #22
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