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Hello,
I just purchased a Dan Wesson .44 Mag marked Monson,MA with a four digit serial number #0040XX.

I havent seen one this early in the serial number and was looking for a ballpark on age...Im guessing late 70's from a 5 digit i saw here that was made in 79. Trigger stop is in frame. Here are a few pics:

 

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Beautiful!!!!! Just Beautiful!!!!!
 

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It had to be in the late 70's or early 80's. Went down to the plant in Monson for a job interview in the mid 80's. Saw the line being manufactured. A truly fine piece of workmanship.
 

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I've fed this badboy a steady diet of .44 mag rounds since purchase. Ive put probably 300 rounds through it this week and it is one of the most accurate handguns I own. The only issue i've had at all is the cylinder sticking in a few instances but I believe they were all due to simple grit getting into the ratchet grooves and I plan to apply some dry lube to that area to prevent grit from sticking in there....
 

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You might also check your barrel cylinder gap. It should be .006, but you need to check all the gaps. The Monson and Palmer plants did all their cylinder milling in the soft then hardened; this sometimes resulted in a variance in the length of the cylinder, .002 was considered acceptable and you just set on the longest chamber. I used to set it at .005 on the longest and it still gave 1" groups until I had the cylinder honed, when I had to bring it in for some trigger work.
 

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tiktock said:
........The only issue i've had at all is the cylinder sticking in a few instances but I believe they were all due to simple grit getting into the ratchet grooves......
I have owned 3 DW revos for about 27yrs (incl a 44 mag). I like to run the cly to bbl gap on the tight side. The binding you refer to has been 100% caused (on MY guns) by something getting in the gap. Do not force the cyl to rotate by forcing the hammer back. Check the gap setting as the other poster said and keep the faces of the cyl and bbl end clean. Keep adjusting the gap .001" wider until the problem stops.

Mine is accurate as all get out, too!

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