.357mag/9mm convertible any good?


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charles.emond
September 4, 2008, 09:16 AM
I think the title says it all...
I'm not planning on buying one, just wondering...

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smee781
September 4, 2008, 09:52 AM
Then why ask the question?:confused:

ZeSpectre
September 4, 2008, 09:56 AM
They are terrible, just terrible.

First I shot up all my .357 Magnum, then I shot up all my .38 Special, THEN I was able to switch cylinders and shoot up all my 9mm.

Just terrible I tell ya!

Sistema1927
September 4, 2008, 10:12 AM
Compared to what?

For what purpose?

twoclones
September 4, 2008, 10:26 AM
My Blackhawk came with a 9mm cylinder and I think it's great. But shooting .357 before 9mm will make you think you've fired a dud 9mm...

charles.emond
September 4, 2008, 10:39 AM
not compared to anything in particular, it's just the whole concept seems to me like an accident waiting to happen

ZeSpectre
September 4, 2008, 10:41 AM
But shooting .357 before 9mm will make you think you've fired a dud 9mm

Oh Lordy, that's exactly what I did the first time. A couple dozen full-house .357 Magnums and then I switched cylinders, pulled the trigger "pop".... "Damn" I thought to myself, "a squib round" and I pulled the cylinder and inspected the barrel to check. Nope, everything was fine it's just that 9mm is quite a bit less...thrilling, than a .357 Magnum round.

LubeckTech
September 4, 2008, 11:06 AM
What makes you think a gun with a conversion cylinder is a safety concern??
The ammunition won't interchange between the cylinders so it is basically idiot proof.

CajunBass
September 4, 2008, 11:42 AM
I always thought it would be one of the most useful guns in the world. No matter where you were, you'd most likely be able to find ammo for it between .357, 38 and 9mm.

MMCSRET
September 4, 2008, 12:12 PM
I have both the 357/9 and the 45/45. I like both but I find I use the 45/45 much more than the 9

PO2Hammer
September 4, 2008, 03:02 PM
not compared to anything in particular, it's just the whole concept seems to me like an accident waiting to happen

I don't understand that. There's more danger in shooting lead .38 specials in a .357 than there is in a convertable cylinder.

I had a Blackhawk 9mm/.357 that was great. It actually shot 9mm better than .357. The .357 cylinder had one bad hole that would throw it's rounds ten inches high at 25 yards.

If I could afford it, I would send my Freedom Arms .357 in for a 9mm cylinder.

tinygnat219
September 4, 2008, 11:45 PM
Hehehe... I love mine.

scott45b
September 5, 2008, 03:20 AM
I have one and it is great, has a scope on it. Shoots 357's, 38's and 9mm. Used the 9mm for prairie dogs back in Utah.

greener
September 5, 2008, 07:05 AM
I have a .357/9mm Blackhawk. I don't think the 9mm is quite as accurate. I haven't spent a lot of time shooting 9mm. I mostly shoot .38 special reloads. I don't see any safety issues with 9mm versus .38/.357. The rounds won't fit in the wrong cylinder. I also don't know of any safety issues shooting .38's.

jjohnson
September 5, 2008, 02:06 PM
Yes indeed, they're worth having, especially if you reload. 9mm surplus is fairly cheap, reloads are cheap.

Every now and then I load experimental 9mm that one or the other bottomfeeders don't like. Instead of dealing with FTFs and all, I just relegate that batch of 9mm to my Ruger Blackhawk Convertible and plink with it. So I kinda look at my Convertible as an ammo garbage disposal with attitude :evil:

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