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    S&w 44/40

    I was at a Trade session at my Bro's house today. Bro has just got a N frame 4" 44/40 Texas Edition. It's in a nice presentation case and is unfired. It's blue steel and Bro was trying to trade me out of a 24-3 for it. It's a nice pistol but I didn't bite. I didn't have anything but a JHP .429" to check it with but It has throats that are smaller than bore. I would guess it has 44/40 spec throats and most likely a standard S&W 44mag barrel. Has anyone had a 544, suppose to be only S&W 44/40 post WW2. I'm not sure if we should pull the trigger on it or throw in trade pile. I have loading components, dies, molds and sizer.
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    I have never had one but I know what they are. the 24-3 is a better gun, just my opinion,,,,,,,,,,
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    As much as I like the .44/40, the only S&W I'd want it in is one of the Schofields Smith and Wesson made from 2000 to 2003.
    I'd prefer the 24-3 myself.
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    I have a small hoarde of S&Ws. Most all are P&R era or older. The 24-3s & 25-5s are the only keepers I have that are post P&R guns.
    I had a retro Schofield and it being NIB since I had no interest in it never shot it. I have had original S&Ws & Colts in 44/40 & 38/40 I shot most of them more less just to say I did. I load and cast for both because I have had Marlin & Win rifles in 44/40 & 38/40. Since I'm more into shooting than collecting I really don't see the need for a modern 44/40.
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    Alwas wanted a S&W #3. Could have had a pair of Colt 44/40's this weekend. One unfired, both in the box. a 7 1/2" and 5 1/2" SAA in presentation case. Custom shop jobs for $1,795. Also a New Service reconditioned for $875. It was also in 44/40.
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    My S&W Model 544 cylinder throats pin out .4285" and barrel groove is .429". Yes, slightly smaller, but VERY accurate with jacketed bullets and shoots SOFT cast bullets of 8-10 BHN sized to .429" just fine. VERY accurate gun, more accurate than my Ruger Vaquero until I had John Taylor rechamber the Ruger to correct its tight chamber necks and throats. Now they shoot the same.

    Very satisfied with my S&W as it came. Didn't change a thing, but the grips.Acc43-230GfromS&W544DA7yds.jpg
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    In the 60s I bought a pair of Bisleys in 44/40 in a double holster rig. They had real stag grips, I think it had been somebody's parade rig. My dad picked up a box of 44/40s and we shot them up plinking. The gun belt broke in half from age and dry rot. I ended up selling them for $500 which wasn't chump change in 60s. Revolvers in 32/20, 38/40, 44/40 were not popular back then. Lots of them on the used market. Trade ins for magnum mania which started to kick in about this time.
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    Keep the Mod 24-3. Smiths in 44 SPL sell like hotcakes and are very hard to find in my locale. Anything in 44-40 (even 3rd Gen Colt SAAs)---sit around as paper weights.
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    image.jpegI've got two 24-3s. One is mint the other is NIB and have a third one coming soon. I'm shooting WCs with target loads and it shoots better than I can. My 29s have gathered dust for last couple years because the 44sp is much more pleasant to shoot and has better accuracy than my 29s. I don't normally keep S&W that are newer than P&R era but I have the 24-3s and four 25-5s that are keepers because they shoot. I have passed on a dozen 25-5s that were nothing to write home about. I've had 24-3s before and never had a lemon in one yet.
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    _MG_4532 (1).JPG_MG_4533.JPG my 4in 24-3 I have the box and tools. I love the thin tapered barrel,,,,,,,,,,
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