Thought I would throw this out to the collective wisdom of the Forum.
I bought a nice Ruger Super Redhawk .44 Magnum (7 1/2 barrel) from a coworker for a decent price. Took it out to the range to test fire it with assorted factory cartridges I had in the garage---Winchester White Box 240 gr, Hornady XTP 300 gr, and Buffalo Bore 340 gr +P + (1425 FPS).
Long story short, after firing a cylinder of the stout Buffalo Bore load, I went to eject the empties with the ejector rod, and wouldn't you know---THE ENTIRE EJECTOR ROD AND SHROUD WAS GONE FROM THE BARREL! I looked behind me and about 10 feet away was where the ejector shroud and rod landed after the recoil from one of the shots broke the shroud off.
From the pictures below you can see where the stud, which was originally brazed to the barrel, broke loose and sent the entire ejector rod assembly flying. The screw attached to the stud was still tight.
I got 2 questions:
Anybody have this happen to them?
What did you do to make sure this never happened again?
Thanks for the feedback.