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I bought this revolver Saturday during the Labor Day weekend so it didn't ship until this last Tuesday. Yesterday, Tom gave me a call saying the NTM 296 had arrived. Trouble is, after driving 50 miles to fill out the 4473, and since I'm a resident of the 57th communist state of Illinois, I now have to wait out an additional 72 hour waiting period before I can take possession. Anyway, I did get to inspect the revolver up close and took a couple of pics during my visit to the LGS.

The previous owner(s) didn't fire it much. This 296 is missing its factory paperwork, stock grip panels and trigger lock. Its condition is at the 95% mark. A slight drag mark on the cylinder is visible and tiny bit of powder residue can be found near the forcing cone, revealing very limited usage. There are a couple tiny spots of corrosion showing, but other than that, it's a nice looking piece. I need to get it home for a good cleaning and touch of oil.
 

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Looks great from here Lomax. Congrats on you acquisition. Hope the 72 hrs goes quick.
72 hours is an annoyance to say the least. I'm in no hurry to shoot it, knowing its reputation for hand slapping. The wood stocks are nicely done, but I bet they're not much good for recoil reduction. Until I can find a decent rubber grip that covers the frame completely, I'll be shooting it with a recoil dampening mitt.
 

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Load some low to mid range plated rounds. It's not that bad unless you go full bore. And it is pretty!

I rarely make up reduced reloads. I'll probably use two loads established for my Bulldog. One's a 200 gr. hard cast DEWC, the other is a 200 gr. XTP load, neither has been across the Chrony. If they'll do 800-900 FPS, I'll be happy.
 

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As for shooting this little puppy, I'm short on brass and have yet to pull apart the cowboy loads that turned the Bulldog's barrel into a Roman water pipe. Nor have I located a decent set of rubber grips to replace the 296's fancy looking wooden stocks. Besides, I haven't ran out of film yet. Here's a few pics of the 296 alongside a bobbed hammer Bulldog.
 

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Wow; some big ol' holes in the ends of those barrels!

Handsome revolvers. I like those wood grips, but I bet you will want to change them for rubber.
 
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Wow; some big ol' holes in the ends of those barrels!

Handsome revolvers. I like those wood grips, but I bet you will want to change them for rubber.
The finger grooves are too small for my mitt and it has the feeling of holding a fat dried out corn cob. The wood grip's stippling also looks like they'd remove my finger prints after a few rounds. I need to find a set of combat rubbers that'll fit.
 
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