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Are scandium revolvers as durable as steel?

I want to hear from those who own a scandium revolver. I know that scandium makes for a much lighter gun than steel, but how do they hold up durability-wise? Is their lifespan shorter than a comparable steel revolver?

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You know, I've kind of wondered about that too. Admittedly Scandium is a rather durable material, no contest there... but from the perspective of a machinist who has played with said Scandium in the past... it seems to *flake* on the blanchard grinders... hell, even fly cutting it acts kinda weird. I like steel because it's predictable, it has a fatigue point that is predictable... and when that fatigue point is met (limits of elastic modulus met by repetitive stress/strain exertions) it's fairly obvious. You get cracking, warping, and sometimes stretch marks... (yes, you can get *stretch marks* on steel). Scandium... I don't know. I don't know if it'll start cracking when it finally fatigues... or if it'll just let go all at once. Anyways, I don't think I'd worry too much about your revolver. It'll hold up I'm very sure (they've been around for years and people have put many, many rounds through them). Call me odd, but I'm a fan of steel. It's conventional, inexpensive (relatively speaking), and utterly durable.
Sep 27, 2017
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Sep 27, 2017
Not that I have ever heard. I have a pd340 thats about 3 yrs old, has about a thousand .38 rounds through it with no noticable loosening of the crane or anything. FWIW, the weight savings in a J frame is only a few ounces over an airweight, but the cost is almost double. Check out the SW 638 or 438.
Sep 27, 2017
Yes, they are as durable as steel and lighter than aluminum, but they amplify the recoil when firing due to its light weight.
Sep 27, 2017

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