This Ruger Bisley .44 has been in the stable for decades. Acquired at a gun show long ago, it's become an old friend. It's seen it's most use as a cowboy action pistol, with lots of range time tossed in.
It's also fired it's share of hot lead at game in the field, and been a bear backup gun during some Maine fishing expeditions.
200 grain puff loads to 300 grain super boom-en-splat bear loads, it's gobbled them all with no complaint.
One issue, nursed over the years, has been the original factory walnut stocks.
Now, the factory wood was nice, and had the nifty Ruger squawking chicken emblem on them. For many people they would have been fine.
For many people.... but not me. See.... most people don't have paws like mine. Big hairy creature paws that tend to fill up any space they are jammed into. Especially tight little spaces jammed in behind trigger guards on magnum pistols.
My answer was to whittle my own stocks from rock hard birdseye maple. It took me only a few hours, and they happened on the first try which is amazing. The directions are out there on the net.... and wood is around. I highly recommend trying this activity if you have the desire.
These fill my hand like the gun was fitted to me personally. Oh, wait... it was. The full house magnum loads are nothing big to deal with, now that the pistol has something to really hang onto. The puff target loads... like shooting a .22, only WAY more fun.
I mean... the WORST that could happen would be a wasted evening and some fancy toothpicks.... It's not like the order of the universe will be altered if it doesn't work.
If wood can't be found, E-mail me. I have a connection.........