New Ruger Super Blackhawk


February 21, 2011, 08:11 PM
After my usual period of obsessive internet research I bought a stainless Ruger Super Blackhawk with a 4 ⅝Ē barrel. I wanted this gun mainly for range use, but also possibly for self defense.

The comments and reviews around the internet are all positive. I didnít find anyone who disliked the gun; though some preferred the Bisely grip frame and hammer. The reliability, durability, accuracy, and finish were always praised. When a gun achieves all of these then the only things left to consider are aesthetics and shootability. The Super Blackhawk certainly has visual charisma, but I wasnít able to try one out before buying it. I didnít think this was a risk because I know Iím a much less fussy shooter than many (or most) who comment in this forum. I adapt.

I received the gun on 19 February. The fired shell casing in the box was dated 01 February. So itís the newest new gun Iíve ever had. The gun was flawless when I opened the box. Ruger does a great job. I did notice some red ďstuffĒ clinging to the loading gate and its opening. Iíve no idea what that is. It wiped off fairly easily.

At the range I had some Georgia Arms .44 magnum 240 grain JFP (claimed 1000 fps) and 240 grain JHP ďDeer StopperĒ (claimed 1350 fps). Amazingly, I hit my 8Ē steel plate at 15 yds with the very first shot. Though, after that my hit rate wasnít so good. Need practice. The JFP recoil was not unpleasant at all. Itís a big thump. The faster JHP rounds were a significantly bigger thump, but not bothersome. I donít know why so many people complain about .44 magnum recoil. Iím a skinny guy and Iíd much rather shoot a Super Blackhawk than a S&W 642. The 642 delivers a stinging smack into my hand every time.

Now for some whines. The shroud around the ejector rod has a sharp edge in the channel where the rod actuator tab (donít know what thatís really called) rides. So I sliced open the side of my index finger when I ejected the spent casings. Itís so sharp that I didnít realize I was cut until that moment when I noticed blood on the gun and wondered ďHey, whereís that blood coming from?Ē Doh! Sandpaper will fix that problem. Also, the ejector rod isnít long enough to push the brass all the way out. It pushes them about ĺ out where they stick slightly, necessitating picking at them with a finger nail. That is, until I learned the trick of rotating the cylinder slightly past the loading port, pushing down on the ejector rod so that the rim of the casing catches on the loading port, then rotating the cylinder back slightly causing the brass to pop out with some force. Not as complicated as it sounds.

The Super Blackhawk is a very satisfying gun and I look forward to a lot more range days with it.

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February 21, 2011, 08:45 PM
Thanks for the range report. The Bisley version is on my short list. I wish Ruger made a short barreled version of the 44 mag bisley.

February 21, 2011, 09:06 PM
I picked mine up just before christmas last year. The red stuff it the paint from the casing that was fired at the factory, mine had a bit of it too.
I went for the 7 1/2 in, barrel, as I prefer the longer barrel, but still wanted to be able to carry it in a conventional belt holster.
Fit and finish was perfect on mine as well, Ruger has definatly impressed me in that department. Accuracy has been acceptable, and sa I get familiar with it, only gets better.

Overal I have been very impressed with mine, good price, great quality, and built like a tank.

February 22, 2011, 06:05 PM
I've owned a 7 1/2" barrel Super Blackhawk for about 30 years and it has been an excellent gun. I small hands and light build, but have never found the recoil painful. This includes some loads that max out even for a Ruger! I am sure that the reasons for this are as Elmer Keith stated. The gun naturally wants to rock back in your hand, which absorbs a lot of recoil. I cannot say the same for the Model 29 and the Thompson Center Contender. The 29 was uncomfortable and the Contender was brutally painful. Fortunately, I swapped it with a couple of barrels and custom grip for the SBH. Best trade of my life.

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