Blackhawk 357/9mm Convertibles - How Accurate Is The 9?


The Mighty Beagle
January 8, 2003, 05:01 PM
I have been stricken with this irresistable impulse to acquire a 9mm revolver ... but around here, there simply are no used ones to be found, leading me to the only new production gun there is.

So how accurate is your 9mm cylinder? What kind of groups at 25 yds? Is it worth getting the gun just to shoot 9mm, or should I just forget the whole idea?

Too bad Ruger and Smith won't bring the 9mm DA revolver back.

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happy old sailor
January 9, 2003, 12:47 PM
i hope forty or so ppl jump on this and say "wonderful". this is a revolver i have considered, but............ want some input before ordering one. my gunstore says if i order it, i bought it. i understand their attitude and agree with it, unless it is faulty. then they understand why i won't take it. fair for all

9mm is just too inexpensive to pass up shooting a lot of. if it is inaccurate in the Blackhawk, i would as soon use a cap pistol. if i have to reload for it to achieve acceptable accuracy, then i am not interested.

January 10, 2003, 09:49 PM
Shooting 9mm out of the Blackhawk is not as accurate as with the .357 cylinder (but I did not think it would be based on posts on other forums). I get pretty good groups with Wolf but the steel cases makes unloading a bit slow. I ran a few boxes of UMC through it and they were all over the place. I picked some 124FMJ reloads at the gun show a couple of weeks ago but haven't had the chance to try them out yet.

January 11, 2003, 12:11 PM
My Blackhawk is 4 5/8" and 15 years old. The 9MM shoots very well at 15 yards, well enough for defense.

happy old sailor
January 11, 2003, 12:43 PM
as i reload for every thing i shoot, except 9mm, i am short on info on various factory loads.

is there an el cheapo 9mm lead load produced. seems the lead, vice fmj, might upset some providing tighter seal, etc. bbl leading might upset me more than the bullet. hate that.

if i have to handload, will just build, and shoot, .357 as i do now. no more trouble producing one pistol round as another.

if this does not work out, think i will get the .30 carbine mdl.
have been curious about them too, just that other guns have a higher priority on my purchasing power list. always comes down to money, don't it. will prob just put 9mm Blackhawks on the back burner.

January 11, 2003, 01:24 PM
Out of mine, 9mm FMJ is plinking accurate, but I dread testing it past 25 yds. The lead rounds do a little better. But it's better than some service pistols I've seen.

Since I started reloading, I've shot more .38SPL than 9mm, but I wouldn't hesitate to get a dual cylinder Blackhawk. They're good to have.

Another option would be to contact Phillips & Rodgers (don't have their website handy) and look at one of their conversion cylinders. On a K- or L-frame revolver, it would let you fire any cartridge w/ a .355-.357 diameter bullet w/o clips. I've considered it myself, but other good deals keep coming...

Good luck...

Bill Adair
January 11, 2003, 07:50 PM

You could buy a 9mm cylinder, if you already have a .357 Blackhawk like me. Cylinder cost me $40, and dropped right in with no problems.

I've only been to the range a couple times with this Blackhawk, and it looks like the 9mm is almost as accurate as the .357, with the few lead reloads I've tried.

Anyway, it's lots of fun shooting low recoil rounds out of this gun, and it's a good way to use up the hot reloads that didn't shoot to POA in my other 9mm revolver (fixed sights), and that I'm reluctant to use in my brass chuckers.


The Mighty Beagle
January 11, 2003, 10:55 PM
I found Phillips and Rodgers website - a great idea, except that Cadco Firearms (their distributor link) is temporarily offline with no contact info to order the guns.

Guess I'll just keep an eye out for a Blackhawk.

January 12, 2003, 02:05 PM
The one I had was pretty accurate.

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