Octagonal Barrel on Blackhawk?


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RPCVYemen
July 9, 2008, 03:45 PM
I saw a picture of a Blackhawk with an octagonal barrel. Does anyone have even a ballpark estimate of how much it would cost to have a gunsmith fit an octagonal barrel to a 45 LC Blackhawk?

Mike

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ArmedBear
July 9, 2008, 03:49 PM
500 bucks.

http://www.clementscustomguns.com/handguns/ruger.htm

BigBlock
July 10, 2008, 04:11 AM
You can buy an octagonal blackhawk barrel from a seller on gunbroker - it just needs to be threaded and fit by a gunsmith. I don't know how much the gunsmith will charge but the barrels are about $350. I'm drooling over one but I think I'd rather just buy another blackhawk at that price. :)

Nicolai
July 10, 2008, 11:01 AM
Gary Reeder charges $500.
http://www.reedercustomguns.com/information/services.htm

RPCVYemen
July 10, 2008, 05:04 PM
I don't know how much the gunsmith will charge but the barrels are about $350.

Do you think you'd save any money? I don't know how hard it is to fit a barrel, but two posts here refer to gunsmiths who will do the job for $500. Wouldn't much labor to add up to $150.

I also wonder if it's harder to fit an octagonal barrel. Not only does the barrel have to torqued, etc., but the top of the octagonal barrel has to be flat - if it was screwed in a little too far, or not quite far enough, then the top of the barrel would be cockeyed, and that would look pretty funny.

Mike

machinisttx
July 10, 2008, 05:31 PM
Do you think you'd save any money? I don't know how hard it is to fit a barrel, but two posts here refer to gunsmiths who will do the job for $500. Wouldn't much labor to add up to $150.

I also wonder if it's harder to fit an octagonal barrel. Not only does the barrel have to torqued, etc., but the top of the octagonal barrel has to be flat - if it was screwed in a little too far, or not quite far enough, then the top of the barrel would be cockeyed, and that would look pretty funny.

Mike

The threads on the barrel shank need to be clocked correctly so that the flats line up when the barrel is tightened. I've never had to do that type of work so I can only speculate that it's trial and error, or that they have some sort of fixture devised for such a purpose.

9mmepiphany
July 10, 2008, 08:24 PM
no fixure, it's done by trail and error...gunsmith are just better at it because they've made the errors before

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