Conversion wheel gun 9mm/.357 mag

Discussion in 'Ruger Revolver Forums' started by tsveggie, May 19, 2018.

  1. tsveggie

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    I’m a big 9mm guy but wheel guns are more nostalgic and romantic, in a guy sort of way

    My son dreams of a 44 magnum, but never shot one

    So I thought a combo revolver like 9mn/357 mag was the best intro possible

    Thoughts? Ruger model suggestions?
     
  2. nickndfl

    nickndfl Active Member

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    Don't you mean .357 mag/.38 special?
     

  3. buster40c

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  4. tsveggie

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    No
     
  5. tsveggie

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    Wait a minute
    Are 357 mag and 38 special compatible cartridges like 5.56/.223?
     
  6. pmdoit

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  7. MagBlackhawk

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    This one is a Lipsey's' Exclusive "Flat Top" model in SS.
    The blued version is a regular cataloged "std" Ruger model and costs less $$$.

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  8. nickndfl

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    That's for a real niche' market for sure.
     
  9. MagBlackhawk

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    Yep,
    After you get the .357 Mag convertible you can shoot .38 Spl, .357 Mag and 9mm.
    How cool is that.
    However, I never shoot .38's and I rarely shoot nines. So...
     
  10. buster40c

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    The plus for this gun is being able to shoot 9mm which is a whole lot less expensive to shoot.

    Hey Mag can it shoot 9mm without using moon clips? Having to use moon clips would be a negative in my opinion. But we all know what opinions are worth. What's mine is mine and what's yours is yours neither is better than the other.

    The gun being only single action only trigger is the other negative for me. I wonder is the single action trigger really light pull. Like many SA I am guessing it is.
     
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  11. MagBlackhawk

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    No moon clips.
    The chamber lets the cartridge headspace on the mouth of the case and hold it in place like it does in an auto-loader.

    No, the trigger was not very light. A lighter trigger return spring and some minor polishing helped.

    Yes, the action of a single action revolver is a negative for SD but works well as a range toy or a hunting tool. (Fun gun).

    Unfortunately there is ANOTHER problem with this thing. The 9mm brass is getting slivers 'nipped' from the mouth of the case.
    The slivers keep the next cartridge you try to load from fully chambering.
    I've tried factory Win white box, Win NATO, Fed HST, Hornady CD, Win silver tip, all nip.
    At first I thought it might be an ammo problem in that I'm finding most all 9mm brass that I reload for auto-loaders shorter than the trim to length. (Brass from factory ammo).
    Then I tried to chamber some of my handloads that have worked fine in several auto-loaders.
    They will not fully chamber. To tight.
    I'm thinking the chambers may be cut to small? Before I contact Ruger yet AGAIN ... I'll measure the chambers to compare against specs.
    I'm in no hurry, it's just a range toy, not a SD tool... And .357's work well.
     
  12. buster40c

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    Thanks Mag for the heads up reply. Let us know what you find out.
    I guess if someone wants a 9mm revolver for SD then they can go with the Ruger LCR 9mm. But it does require use of moon clips.
     
  13. nickndfl

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    Anybody that ever shot .38 special in a polished up .357 mag revolver with lighter springs knows it's one of the sweetest things you can place your finger in.
     
  14. MagBlackhawk

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    Hey nick,
    SP101 I presume :D
     
  15. greg_r

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    357/9mm Blackhawk. Not stainless and not a flat top. No issues with shooting 9mm, but they aren't as accurate as the 357. Of course the barrel is bored for .357 and not .355.
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  17. Magnum.357

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    Love my GP-100 stainless with 4" BBL
     
  18. nickndfl

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    I just don't understand why anybody would want to shoot 9mm out of a revolver that isn't dedicated to the caliber? If I wanted to absolutely shoot 9mm because that's all the ammo that was available I would use a semi-auto.

    Try the .38 special you will like it, especially out of an overbuilt .357 mag.
     
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    Some like the variety of ammo and caliber in the same gun. Make it more fun. Also the ammo for 9mm is much less expensive, $5 to $7 less than .38 & .357
     
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