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    Project Gun 1927 44-40

    I just bought this gun today. It is a 1927 44-40 with some issues.

    Rust spot on the barrel
    Action does not work
    Reshaped front sight
    BADLY rusted cylinder

    I have to wait the required 7 days to pick up the gun. I will take it apart and see what is not working or broken. I may just reshape the back edge of the sight. The rust on the barrel will leave a spot but it will be OK The minor rust on the rest of the gun will cleanup OK. The cylinder is now home soaking in some ATF and Acetone. The rust is very bad on one cylinder and a little on each edge. The bore and chambers are fine. I will most likely be looking for a replacement cylinder.

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    A few more pictures.

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    Looks like a great project and great find...thank u for sharing...God Bless,John

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    I'd say the cylinder is a paper weight.

    Any back story why it was neglected?

    I'd be happy to find a project gun. But even the brand new ones turn out to be a project gun.

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    That is sure strange looking corrosion on the cylinder. It will be interesting to see what that area looks like after soaking in ATF and acetone.

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    The cylinder looks like some type of corrosion liquid got on it.

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    Well worth rebuilding. Original case still showing. New cylinder and reshape sight you will have a fine gun

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    It came into the shop with a batch of about 15 to 20 other guns. Many had similar damage. My understanding is that they were stored in a safe for a long period of time. Many of the long guns had damage where they rested against the carpeted rack. I am thinking mice got into the safe and did their business on the guns. It is acidic and can cause rust like this over time especially if moisture and high humidity are added to the equation. I have never seen a batch guns with so much localized advanced rust in one small location. I often buy the rough condition guns cheap and part them out on eBay. I missed out on the last two single action project guns, one the owner would not sell and the other sold for more then double what I paid for this one. Will a 44 special cylinder work OK in this gun? 1st or 2nd generation is good to go?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikebiker View Post
    It came into the shop with a batch of about 15 to 20 other guns. Many had similar damage. My understanding is that they were stored in a safe for a long period of time. Many of the long guns had damage where they rested against the carpeted rack. I am thinking mice got into the safe and did their business on the guns. It is acidic and can cause rust like this over time especially if moisture and high humidity are added to the equation. I have never seen a batch guns with so much localized advanced rust in one small location. I often buy the rough condition guns cheap and part them out on eBay. I missed out on the last two single action project guns, one the owner would not sell and the other sold for more then double what I paid for this one. Will a 44 special cylinder work OK in this gun? 1st or 2nd generation is good to go?
    See what your Groove-to-Groove measurement is in the Barrel.

    Chances are .44 Special would be just fine, far as I can imagine...but it is always nice to know how much or how little the Bullet is going to adapt to what the Barrel has going.

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    Restoration won't hurt the value of that one, what's growing on the cylinder besides rust?


 
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