On a S&W magnum revolver like the models 27, 28, 29, 57 etc. what are the indications of use and when do they occur? Has anyone ever noted as they used a revolver how and when the signs of wear occur?
In my experience the cylinder ring is one of the first signs of handling but not necessarily shooting. Even a demo gun if not handled properly can show signs of the cylinder stop dragging.
Other signs I look for are the rings of wear or errosion on the front of the cylinder, errosion or cutting on the top of the frame just above the barrel, and wear on the recoil plate from the head of the cases hitting it as the gun is fired. I've never noted however just when any of these signs appear.
Anyone have any data or observations of when these or other indications of use appear?