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Question about a 44 flat top
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johnnymg
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23 Feb 2013 04:31 AM
    Greetings

    Can anyone tell if these are factory stag grips? SN is from 1958. I'm inspecting this fine specimen tomorrow. :lol:

    Regards
    JohnG

    [img]http://www.triplejranch.us/Other/reloading-bench/i-NsgMq6T/0/X3/20130219_114234-X3.jpg[/img]
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    flattop44
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    23 Feb 2013 05:35 AM
    Look pretty good from what I can see. Need to examine the inside staking and countersunk hole to make a judgement. They are certainly pretty. At that price it looks like a good deal even it they turn out to be non-factory...if factory its a steal!!
    Good Luck, Bill
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    johnnymg
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    23 Feb 2013 06:46 AM
    [quote=""flattop44""]Look pretty good from what I can see. Need to examine the inside staking and countersunk hole to make a judgement. They are certainly pretty. At that price it looks like a good deal even it they turn out to be non-factory...if factory its a steal!!
    Good Luck, Bill[/quote]
    Hi Bill

    Thanks for the quick response. Any logical reason for the emblem to be upside down?

    regards
    JohnG
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    flattop44
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    23 Feb 2013 03:49 PM
    The medallions were often ""staked"" very lightly, maybe only one stake strike versus a normal four on wooden grips. This was to keep from cracking the stag and ivory. That being said, sometimes you will see the medallions get turned off-center. I'll have to say though, I usually do not see them this far off-center. Ask to take the grips off the gun and check it out....may be able to center it with your fingers.

    Let us know how you make out!

    Bill
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    johnnymg
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    24 Feb 2013 01:04 AM
    We pulled the grips off and took some pics which I'll link later when i get home. Both medallions are staked with 4 strikes and both are not rotated properly.
    The shop smith wasn't sure about the origin of grips. The gun was dirty and most of the screws were loose. Minor blueing wear and decent
    Lock up. Looked like a nice ""shooter"" with a just barely 5 digit serial number. My brother purchased it! :lol:

    Woot, this is the earliest Ruger between us!
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    johnnymg
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    24 Feb 2013 04:48 AM
    Mods: Feel free to move this thread to the question forum.

    Here's two more pics of the gun. I'm just guessing that these are [b]not[/b] factory grips simply because of the asking price.
    [img]http://www.triplejranch.us/Other/reloading-bench/i-mmG48DD/1/X2/photo-9-X2.jpg[/img]

    [img]http://www.triplejranch.us/Other/reloading-bench/i-C8dmDWP/1/X2/photo-11-X2.jpg[/img]
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    flattop44
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    25 Feb 2013 12:59 AM
    Well looking at the outside of that grip panel I would say it does not look right, the way the stag is not cut & flattened at the medallion. The inside counter-bore looks ok but the two holes says that the grips were made to fit a Colt too....the lower locator pin hole is for a Ruger and the higher locator pin hole appears to be drilled for a Colt. I too doubt that they are Ruger factory grips. JMHO!!

    Still a nice old Flattop at a good price with a set of stags!!

    Bill
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    johnnymg
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    25 Feb 2013 03:01 AM
    [quote=""flattop44""]Well looking at the outside of that grip panel I would say it does not look right, the way the stag is not cut & flattened at the medallion. The inside counter-bore looks ok but the two holes says that the grips were made to fit a Colt too....the lower locator pin hole is for a Ruger and the higher locator pin hole appears to be drilled for a Colt. I too doubt that they are Ruger factory grips. JMHO!!

    Still a nice old Flattop at a good price with a set of stags!!

    Bill[/quote]
    Bill

    Thanks for the help/comments on the grips. I was wondering what those second countersink holes were for!

    Anyway, this FT will was not a safe queen and my bro and I will make sure it continues to make loud noises. :lol:

    cheers
    JohnG
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    flattop44
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    25 Feb 2013 04:14 AM
    That is what they were made for and they are sure fun to shoot!! Enjoy!
    Bill
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