Quite a revolver for sure. This gun as been in the Ruger lineup for many years (1953?). My new stainless-steel version with a 6 1/2" barrel is the most accurate revolver I own and I own many. I did the quick, poor-man's trigger job. You take the grips off, and slip one of the two springs of its spindle. It cuts the trigger pull in half and doesn't harm the gun at all. I've had Rugers in this condition for 15 years without ill effect. I did some test shooting with Blazer 158 grain brass ammo. This is 23 bucks a box ammo, certainly not expensive. I didn't even have to adjust the sight. Right from the get go, I was shooting in the black at 25 yards. Amazing accuracy and groups of three inches with a two hand hold. From a rest at 50 feet I shrunk the groups in half. I then tried 38 special wadcutters but the accuracy wasn't as good. I then tried low velocity 357 cowboy ammo and the accuracy was about the same as the blazer. I need to do further testing with 38 special, but it's not unusual for 357s to have less accuracy than pure 38 revolvers. Recoil is no problem with heavy loads. With the 38 wadcutters it's like a cap gun. There are no rough edges anywhere and the charge holes in the cylinder are chamfered, which Smith & Wesson charges extra for. The grips are no longer solid rosewood but are a beautiful rosewood laminate. They are brighter, more durable and add to the overall appearance. I STRONGLY suggest anyone who wants a great single action revolver to buy this gun. With full power 180 grain Buffalo Bore loads, it will even provide excellent protection from black bear. - JOE
This gun is beautiful, a work of art, I picked it up on thursday, and went right to the range. I fired about 120 357 mag rounds through it, the weapon was perfect, the firing pin was hitting dead center of the rim, I recieved several very nice complements on the weapon, how beautiful it is and what a good deal I got on it. Even my wife liked it and she hates guns. This was the exact gun my hero the lone ranger carried. Thanks Ruger you made an old man very happy. Hi Ho silver away. - MICHAEL
I am 18 years old and I received this revolver on Christmas 2008 because I had wanted it for a long time. I shot shot my first .44 mag at age 3 on my own and loved this popular caliber ever since. This is an especially accurate, powerful handgun cartridge. The kick feels just fine in my hands. It may slip if you don\'t keep a good grip on it though. I have shot 3 inch groups at 150 yards with it which is great for a handgun(no vise or anything just a bench and tactical pistol scope). Don\'t let anyone or anything fool you the .44 magnum is a very powerful cartridge even today with the .50 and .46 calibers out now mainly by Smith & Wesson. This cartridge is perfect for anything from whitetail all the way to a large bear possibly even a grizzly or kodiac with the right shot placement. This here Ruger is about the best firearm to shoot it from to. Many people hunt bear with a .357 mag and trust me! That cartridge doesn\'t even compare in performance and knockdown power to the .44 mag. If are an avid handgun hunter then this gun is the perfect gun for you. A good bud of mine took a wild hog with one from 60+ yards and it went down instantly. The 7&1/2 inch. barrel is perfect length to still make for a compact accurate pistol. Don\'t let barrel length fool you I have shot anything from a snubnose to a tc encore 15\" and yes there is a difference but this gun will out perform a tc encore any day. I cant really think of any cons except for one time when I took it to the range, I found sometimes when the casing swells after the shot it is hard to extract them. I love this Ruger and I couldn\'t be more pleased. I hope you take interest as well and you wont be dissappointed. Make sure you have money to invest in a sturdy scope that will hold the kick. I have shot many \"expensive\" handguns such as Kimber and Colt and I am definitely a big revolver fan especially for dependability and this Ruger. You will definitely get more than what you payed for. Make the smart handgun choice and choose Ruger. - Z. M.