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so my FFL called me yesterday and says that he finally tracked down a Ruger .454 SRH w/7.5 barrel and he bought it and it on the way...i was looking to buy an Alaskan but as we all know thats not likely to happen...

this is my plan: i want to cut it down to about 3.5" barrel, which will leave about an inch of barrel sticking out from the frame...then im thinking about threading the barrel so that i can attach some kind of compensator to help with muzzle flip and mount a new front site on the frame...
so what do you guys think..?? any advise or tips will be appreciated...

a link with similar project..: http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=906046&highlight=alaskan

some images i found:

this one is a 3.5"



shorter with front sight on frame..



anyone do similar project...??
 

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its an easy to do project. did one on a 44 super redhawk a few years ago, but with the barrel cut flush with the frame, which isnt necessarily adviseable as it complicates things a bit.
 

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cool, how dose it complicate things..going flush with the frame..? im not planning on going that short but just wondering..also how did you crown the barrel...45 degree, 11degree..? how did you remount the front sight..
 

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when you cut the barrel flush with the frame, it no longer has a torque shoulder for the barrel to lock against the frame.
 

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Any consideration as to having the exposed barrel Magna-Ported? I had my Freedom Arms .454 barrel Magna-Ported and it made a huge difference by way of recoil. Those Rugers look sharp. Todd
 

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What do you plan to do with the front sight anyway?
The shock of the blast will kill anything near the general direction of the front of that thing.
Like holding a hand grenade when it goes off - - -
 

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Any consideration as to having the exposed barrel Magna-Ported? I had my Freedom Arms .454 barrel Magna-Ported and it made a huge difference by way of recoil. Those Rugers look sharp. Todd
i thought about that....still not sure...im kind of leaning toward having it threaded and install a muzzle break..
 

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oh my, a newbie with revolvers. i hope you do realize that the .454 is one of the most violent (to the shooter) revolvers going. the 500S&W with its brake and all the extra weight isnt in the same class.
 

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What do you plan to do with the front sight anyway?
The shock of the blast will kill anything near the general direction of the front of that thing.
Like holding a hand grenade when it goes off - - -
dance2 haha thats what i was thinking when i was figuring out how to remount the front sight...i mean its going to be for protection in bear country...not sniping...i have a feeling that if i ever need it, it will be point and shoot vs having the time to actually aim...

i read an article about a guy shooting his revolver with no sights...just snap/point shooting...and saying how its good to practice without using your sights, because in high stress situations most people dont aim...its more of a reaction...im sure there is good and bad to that ...
 

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oh my, a newbie with revolvers. i hope you do realize that the .454 is one of the most violent (to the shooter) revolvers going. the 500S&W with its brake and all the extra weight isnt in the same class.
haha...i know, i know...ive shot .44 mags, and .500s...just never owned my own revolver...or modded one...but not a stranger to heavy recoil...i picked the .454 so i can also shoot .45 lc.....i would have gotten the .460....but its out of my budget right now...
 

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i read an article about a guy shooting his revolver with no sights...just snap/point shooting...and saying how its good to practice without using your sights, because in high stress situations most people dont aim...its more of a reaction...im sure there is good and bad to that ...
Call me a wuss, but I can't see doing much practicing with a .454.
 

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actually its not too bad, i wouldn't want any less. im shooting 250gr Winchesters (1300 fps)...they are on the light side. i have some 260gr Win. (1800 fps), also some HSM 300gr (1800 fps) on the way...cant wait..!! these should have quite a bit more bang...!!
 

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Some places require at least 4" barrel to be legal for hunting. I don't believe you'd be in trouble using a shorter barrel in self defense, but if you had the opportunity to shoot a game animal in a hunting situation you'd have the option of using your handgun. Plus it'd give you more barrel to drill holes in. .44 mag with Buffalo Bore 340gr +p+ isn't for the weak hearted or limp wristed either.
 

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After my friend and I shot his 454 Ruger Super with those stock Ruger grips(the ones with the wood inserts) we decided what he actually needed was a rifle. Different grips might make a difference? His handloads were right at the 454 limit. Not for the faint of heart.....or hand!
 

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i think here in Hawaii the legal barrel length for hunting is 5-4.5" i think...need to check. and yes, the Houge grips really help, way better than the slim wood insert ones.....

the 260gr and 300gr rounds that i got both doing 1800 fps...wow, i love it....but definitely a handful, its going to be hard to shoot lesser calibers and not feel like they are....well, just wimpy...

anyway the deer have been ganging out in the field in front of my house...cant wait to see how these rounds perform.
 
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