I see Tomray posting on here so I am directing my question to him. I think he may know the streight scoop on this. Something that has always bugged me about the 1894 in 44 magnum is its 1:38 twist. I saw nothing wrong with microgroove barrel, but was glad to see the switch to ballard barrels because I figured they would correct the slow twist like they did in the 444's and 45-70's. Now the rub, why in heven's name would they go to all the trouble to switch to ballard rifling and stay with a 1:38 twist instead of going to a 1:16......1:18......1:20 ? It kept buyers like me from purchasing the new models and especially the cowboy models when they were produced and thus was another factor that added to their demise.