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    Ok. So Astra revolvers.....

    This may be like holding lit Dynamite. Smith 38's got me into the revolver scene in a serious way. I also like rugers nowadays but stay away from the snake guns cause I'm not rich enough to get bitten. But seriously I think old Smiths are some of the best gun keeper's fare on the planet. Now I've only had 6 38s from a 1880s 38 to 1906 38spl to '68 10 and the rest 64 pre locks. And a maybe 1915 what seems to have been a .455? (Got a new 65 on the way) all superb. I mean really, the action on these guns are quite remarkable. The cheapest outshines my match champion Ruger. I have to assume the super Redhawk has had some internal work but it just matches the Smith's. Onto the Astra. Bought the first 6"blued 357 at Cabela's a couple years ago for $225 and was dumfounded. Bought it for my brother but gave him my trusty m64 bag gun instead (which wasn't easy). My next was an inox 6" 44 mag($500 private sale). These guns have a remarkable finish, pinned and recessed, the tightest lockup I've ever, and incredibly smooth actions. I bought a blued Terminator 44 mag today ($330 at Cabela's). Maybe the higher dollar s&w revolvers have more to offer? but those astras are sure something and a helluva value in my opinion. I've never seen a revolver lock so tight with hammer cocked, and I mean any revolver. But there are plenty with more experience than i. Wondering if anyone shared my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akmiah View Post
    This may be like holding lit Dynamite. Smith 38's got me into the revolver scene in a serious way. I also like rugers nowadays but stay away from the snake guns cause I'm not rich enough to get bitten. But seriously I think old Smiths are some of the best gun keeper's fare on the planet. Now I've only had 6 38s from a 1880s 38 to 1906 38spl to '68 10 and the rest 64 pre locks. And a maybe 1915 what seems to have been a .455? (Got a new 65 on the way) all superb. I mean really, the action on these guns are quite remarkable. The cheapest outshines my match champion Ruger. I have to assume the super Redhawk has had some internal work but it just matches the Smith's. Onto the Astra. Bought the first 6"blued 357 at Cabela's a couple years ago for $225 and was dumfounded. Bought it for my brother but gave him my trusty m64 bag gun instead (which wasn't easy). My next was an inox 6" 44 mag($500 private sale). These guns have a remarkable finish, pinned and recessed, the tightest lockup I've ever, and incredibly smooth actions. I bought a blued Terminator 44 mag today ($330 at Cabela's). Maybe the higher dollar s&w revolvers have more to offer? but those astras are sure something and a helluva value in my opinion. I've never seen a revolver lock so tight with hammer cocked, and I mean any revolver. But there are plenty with more experience than i. Wondering if anyone shared my opinion.
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    You will get no argument outta me about Astra revolvers. Had a couple and they were dandys . Super well made and great shooters . They copy many design items but also innovate when possible. Check under the grip for the coolest trigger spring adjustment ever made. Straight up brilliant . See if you can find a "Police Model" for cool cylinder swapping !
    Only beef with Astra is parts if you need them but I doubt you will.
    I may get flamed for saying it but that Terminator is right there with the Lou Hortons as far as snubs go .
    Now back ME up and post a picture of it.
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    I looked at a 357 some year ago in a gun shop. I was just getting into revolvers and didn't know enough to be taking chances on something, but it had a really nice blued finish and a great action. Seemed about K/L frame sized if I remember correctly
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    Needsmostuff... I certainly will as soon as I get it. I live in Ohio but 15 min from Wheeling, wv so paid in store and my FFL will pick them up. My other two I can get pics tomorrow night. Man that 6"44 is beautiful. Someone did some Hollywood cylinder closings and you can see bare metal on the barrel\forcing cone. I was aware of the hammer adjustment but never messed with it. I also like interarms era Rossis, but they aren't in same class as Smith or Astra. Unless I'm missing something in the higher dollar s&W's, I would bet a days wage behind one of my astras. And I really like my low dollar Smiths
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    Also interested in what you mean by cylinder swapping? Different calibers? I always thought cylinders should be pretty much the same. Maybe older ones custom fitted, but as easily as they are removed, don't know why there weren't more 9mm conversions out there. Small bore difference. Ruger did it and I know at least one other. Always puzzled me cause I'd like to take advantage of 9mm prices

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    The one I had was barrel marked 357 mag (pictures lost in the great photobucket apocalypse ) but most are 38 spl.
    Idea was a pistol they could be sold internationally to the police trade ,,,, cheaper than S&W.
    So easy ability cylinder change twixt 9mm and .38/357. I even heard one rumor about 357 SIG but I thing the gun was discontinued before that came around.
    Kept it for a while HOPING to find a 9mm cyl. Never did and stupidly let it go.
    It was a very well behaved handgun.


    This guy rattles on a lot but around 4 minutes he gets to the cylinder swapping. Later he shows the trigger pull /hammer spring adjusting.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVe782BKMKs
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    On any 357\38... Assuming you could chamber a 9mm with moon clips etc, would there be an issue through the chamber, to the throat, out of the barrel? Accuracy being what it may be rambling about possibly.... Is there any reason to not do this? The 9mm revolvers have a lot of unrifled chamber to transgress, no? I suppose a look up to external dimensions of the two calibers is in order. But any gun that can shoot 9mm and a more useful cartridge seems like a winner...

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    I guess I'm thinking along the lines of the 45lc 3" judge. Beyond the shallow rifling, how much accuracy would the 45lc loose in open chamber?

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    If you are looking for an Astra cylinder swapper keep your eyes out for an FN Barracuda with both the 9mm and .357 cylinders. They were made by Astra. And, oh yes bring money it was short lived.


 
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