Ruger grip frame change


January 18, 2011, 11:39 PM
I have been considering changing my SBH Hunter to a Bisley style grip frame and was curious if I can go Ruger direct or is that a regulated part?

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January 19, 2011, 12:03 AM
You can get it direct from Ruger and fit it yourself (if you can ever catch them on a day that they have them in stock).

January 19, 2011, 12:18 AM
The stainless Bisley grip frames have become scarce as separate parts. If you can find one, latch onto it. Call Ruger and see if they are selling them again. Expect to pay almost $200 for all the parts. You also need a hammer and trigger. The grip frame will be rather rough and need fitting. Takes patience and a steady hand. You need a good sharp file and a sanding block.

January 25, 2011, 09:24 PM
Thanks for the heads up on availability. I'll give Ruger a shot.

January 26, 2011, 08:09 PM
Brownell's had some a couple weeks ago (bought one just because somebody finally had 'em). Keep in mind if you buy a "green" one that hasn't been fitted, it'll also need the grip locator dowel and the trigger spring retaining pin. A LOT easier to buy and install new ones than it is to try and get the ones on your current grip frame out in a useable condition. For the additional $5...well, if that $5 is too much, maybe the whole project is something to reconsider. ;)
The time, patience and such to fit them is NOT something I have, especially the patience, so those I've had Bisley-ized, I've sent out to John Gallagher. Does top-notch work! 8)

January 26, 2011, 08:46 PM
Blkhawk73--really enjoyed your post, until you got to the $5 part. Never swapped out a grip frame, so info was good. Will probably do it myself for the same reasons I cast bullets and reload, not to worry over $5.

January 26, 2011, 10:24 PM
The $5 is for the additional two pins that make it easier. Doing the fitting yourself saves $80 or so depending on who does the work. Just go slow, very slow. Once the material is gone, you can't put it back so check and re-check the fit often.

January 26, 2011, 11:29 PM
I agree on the pins, it's easier to install new ones than to try to remove and reuse the old ones. I keep a supply of spares for just that reason.

January 29, 2011, 02:34 AM
Thanks guys for the info and caution tips. First order of business will be to get a grip frame. Second will be to gather up my got me thinkin'. Probly need a little coaching along the way!

January 29, 2011, 10:52 AM
Ruger has videos (available on YouTube) demonstrating dis-assembly and assembly.


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