I recently purchased a Ruger SRH in .44 Mag, with the intent of shooting lead only and as a pack gun. I’m an avid reloader that’s starting to dabble in casting my own stuff. So this is perfect! The .44 was designed around hard cast lead, enter Elmer Keith (designed the .44 and .357, very interesting fellow) and his heralded “Keith bullet.” Besides, most ammo used for persuading dangerous animal that you’re not worth taste testing is loaded hot with hard cast. Since I hadn’t started casting yet, I bought some lasercast SWC’s sized at .431 and loaded them up. I figured this would be fine. A .44 magnum should be right at .429. So the larger bullet is desired for a good seal and to bite into the rifling. Accuracy wasn’t too bad, it degraded after pumping a few cylinder fulls into paper at 15 yards. I suspected leading. Sure enough, the whole barrel was leaded. This....is a major pain to deal with. After a day and a half of soaking in Kroil, all the lead came out with a jag and patch. I figured it was time to slug my barrel, which I should have done in the beginning. I encountered a pretty significant restriction where the barrel meets the frame and at the forcing cone. I’ve heard of this before, some fire lap the barrels to remove the restriction. The restriction squeezed a slug (melted split shot sinkers—pure lead) down to .428 at the highest point, that’s bad. Gunsmith wouldn’t touch it. Additionally, the throats at the end of the cylinder were all different sizes. Too small for a .431 cast bullet to pass through, even with some coercion. So, in effect, the bullet was sized down twice before it hits the meat of the barrel. Perfect for some good gas cutting = severe leading. I called Ruger, explained in depth, everything. I was told, “Have you tried factory ammo?” I about lost it with this person. I told them it’s seen the range once and the amount of money for one and to have a bad barrel is simply unacceptable. You can’t shoot lead bullets out of it!! They sent me a shipping tag, I boxed it up and shipped it out. I’m hoping they make this right.