So, I messed up today. I actually shot .44 magnum cartridges in my SAA.
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Thread: So, I messed up today. I actually shot .44 magnum cartridges in my SAA.

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    So, I messed up today. I actually shot .44 magnum cartridges in my SAA.

    Itís a late third gen and I probably put 3 cylinders full through it before I realized what I had done. I did put a cylinder of .45 LC through it after that and then packed it up and didnít fire it again. I brought it home and cleaned it and it seems to be fine. Iím hoping that the slightly smaller bullet kept the pressures low enough that it didnít do any damage to the gun but is there anything I should look at in particular?

    I really feel like an idiot for doing this. Somehow I had some .44 mag ammo and it wound up in a .45 LC box.

    Iíve been shooting for decades and never done something like this before.

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    I feel your pain and shame but doubt you damaged anything. I put a couple of .41 Mag through one of my .45s and got away with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SDRider View Post
    Itís a late third gen and I probably put 3 cylinders full through it before I realized what I had done. I did put a cylinder of .45 LC through it after that and then packed it up and didnít fire it again. I brought it home and cleaned it and it seems to be fine. Iím hoping that the slightly smaller bullet kept the pressures low enough that it didnít do any damage to the gun but is there anything I should look at in particular?

    I really feel like an idiot for doing this. Somehow I had some .44 mag ammo and it wound up in a .45 LC box.

    Iíve been shooting for decades and never done something like this before.
    Were the 44 Mags a little difficult to punch out?
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    Don’t feel like an idiot, feel lucky. Both you and your gun made it home alive.
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    Fortunate! Did you notice the difference when shooting the 44 mags?

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    Quote Originally Posted by victorio1sw View Post
    Were the 44 Mags a little difficult to punch out?
    One of them was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saintclair View Post
    Fortunate! Did you notice the difference when shooting the 44 mags?
    They were a bit snappy. I did kind of notice but it didn’t click.
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    I doubt it hurt anything. A steady diet of those would stretch the frame though.




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    It happens. I fired 300 Winchester Magnum in my 300 Weatherby. I couldn't figure out why the group opened up so much and was inspecting the brass and had the "oh no" moment. My rifle has taken two elk since that mistake. The good news for both of us is that while the guns are fine WE escaped with nothing more than a little bruised pride.

    I can guarantee that for the next 100 range trips you will be double checking and triple checking the ammo you put in each gun
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    The 44RM has plenty of room to spare loping down a 45Colt bore, so the pressure wouldn’t be all that high.
    You only ran a 429-ish bullet down a .452-ish intended bore.
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