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yep. I did. It was the gun you are shooting. I bought it used, and it never shot all that great. While shooting one day I noticed the sights were sideways on the front. The forcing cone was cracked, and the barrel was cracked along the side about half the length of the barrel. Sent it back to Ruger, and about a month later it was returned to me in the condition you got it in (perfect). They replaced every part on the gun except for the frame. It shot great after that. Well, as good as I could shoot it. That was 8-9 years ago. I never shot any really hot loads out of it. Just typical hunting loads.

It just seems odd to me that that could happen again in the same way it did before. I chaulked it up to a bad barrel. Didn't really blame Ruger as I know this stuff can happen. I was just really glad knowbody got hurt.

I would call customer service at Ruger, and explain the situation. I'm sure they should have this on record, and given my experience with them should make it right.
 

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Hope it works out as it is a nice gun. I could shoot good with that gun with a scope (snuff can lids were in trouble out to 50 yards). Not so much with the open sights. I didn't care for a handgun scoped for hunting.

I would think that the accuracy would be bad if the timing was a bit off? I don't get it really. I can understand it happening once, but not twice. At least you noticed it before it got to the point I saw it in once. Looking back on it that was scary knowing it could have blown up in my hands.

Just curious, what exactly were you shooting out of it? I always shot either 200 gr Nosler HP handoads or 245 gr cast. The cast bullets were always loaded light. The 200 grainers had a bit more power. I'm thinking 22 grains of 2400 off the top of my head right now.

One last thing. Did you notice at all if the front sight was slightly canted to the right? I noticed it when I couldn't see the front sight when I was trying to shoot it.

I probably shot...boy....5-600 rounds out of it since I got it back from Ruger. Never a hickup.

I'm also curious to see if anybody else had ever had any similar problems. I was always under the impression that they were once of the most rugged 44 mags you could buy.
 
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