My New Custom Ruger Bisley (Pics)


March 24, 2011, 08:50 PM

New Super Blackhawk .44 mag frame. Customized. 6-1/2" stainless Shilen barrell installed. Heavy 5-shot cylinder installed with free spin pawl and .003 barrel/cylinder gap. Recessed crown. SS Keith Style Belt mountain base pin fitted. SS loading gate and all SS internal parts installed, including Power Custom Bisley hammer, trigger and springs. SS Trigger pin and Hammer pin installed. SS Bisley grip frame installed. SS grip frame screws installed. Elevated front sight installed for shooting 310 gr. heavy loads. Internal parts buffed and smoothed. Crisp, 3lb trigger pull with minimal creep. SS ejector rod and spring installed. Very accurate. Gun of a lifetime for me. I will be proud to pass it down to my boy one day.

Gunsmith: Michael Shumaker, Shumaker Custom Guns, Stephenville, TX.
"Smith and Wessons are Thoroughbreds, Rugers are Clydesdales..." --John Taffin

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March 24, 2011, 09:04 PM
Nice pistol!

Why the SS internal action parts? SS at any grade sucks as action and friction parts.

March 24, 2011, 09:08 PM
SS for corrosion-resistance under extreme conditions. If you tried the action you would not know it was SS. So smooth.

March 24, 2011, 10:51 PM
My compliments! Great looking 44 Mag. Enjoy!

March 24, 2011, 10:58 PM
Very clean looking Bisley, unique. Any hunts planned with this revolver? Would be neat to have an animal and a story to go with it.

March 24, 2011, 11:01 PM
Looks like you still have the factory rear sight on there. I'd take a serious look at the Rough Country rear sight from Bowen Classic Arms. I've had them on a couple single action Rugers and they are top notch.

March 25, 2011, 12:44 AM
SS at any grade sucks as action and friction parts.
You've obviously never handled a professionally tuned and slicked up stainless Ruger!

March 25, 2011, 07:00 AM

March 25, 2011, 07:33 AM
SS at any grade sucks as action and friction parts.

They will do just fine. Springs are not good to made from SS though. I bet the above example does not have SS springs.

March 25, 2011, 11:02 AM
I love that bh. Maybe you should think up my next revolver. Very good taste my friend

March 25, 2011, 11:03 AM
I am far from being a Ruger fan, but............................

That's one beautiful gun


March 25, 2011, 05:30 PM
May I ask who did the work, it's looks like a Gary Reeder but I'm not too familiar with any other gunsmiths to be quite honest. Do share please.

March 25, 2011, 06:31 PM
Wow! Beautiful gun-my compliments!

March 25, 2011, 08:10 PM
Hopefully Bison this year. Killed 3 deer last year with my pet handload in my SRH, shooting open sights at under 35 yds. My pet load: 310gr Oregon Trail True Shot over 21.0gr of W296. Punched a hole clean through all three and they didn't go far. Wondering how it will do on hogs and such...hopefully Bison if the hunt pans out.

The custom SBH Bisley is more accurate than I am with that load. Tried it on the range with my handload and it was really a sweet load/handgun combination. Recoil was surprisingly mild thanks to the Bisley grip.

March 25, 2011, 08:13 PM
Yeah I've heard rave reviews of the Bowen Rough Country sights. Maybe I'll upgrade one day. I've also been considering V-notch rear and gold bead front sight. Heard good things about both.

March 25, 2011, 08:20 PM
Gunsmith: Michael Shumaker, Shumaker Custom Guns, Stephenville, TX.

A very little-known but very knowledgeable and skilled gunsmith. Does a lot of Ruger single-action work. He didn't advertise on his website that he does full, rebuilt custom jobs like Reeder, Gallagher and Bowen, but when I asked him he said he would do it. I think he does not have the time because all of the cowboy action jobs he does. The work he did on my revolver was top-notch though. Awesome. I handed him a SBH frame and a bag full of SS parts and a 5-shot cylinder blank in the white and no barrel and he did the rest. Premium grade work.

March 26, 2011, 02:40 AM
That's a beautiful gun. If you don't mind my asking, where did you get the cylinder from?

March 26, 2011, 04:01 AM
Ordered the cylinder from Brownells. If I remember right the cylinder had five chambers pre-reamed to .375 diameter. Gunsmithing is required to make the cylinder into your caliber of choice. Steel of the cylinder is in the white, and required fitting, finishing and setting the timing of the revolver, etc..

dagger dog
March 26, 2011, 11:02 AM

That IS a looker:what:, really like the extended front sight !

I'm trying to work up a poor boys version of your gun,I have installed the Power Custom Bisley hammer ,trigger, spring kit, along with a steel ejector shroud, and birdseye, ejector, but I like the feel of the NMBH gripframe and have retained that feature, only wish I could find one in steel.

Being into casting and wanting to deer hunt with the BH, most of what I'm casting now runs into the 300 gr range, I have run out of adjustment on my rear sight,I have it bottomed out, and it still shoots high with my favorite powder bullet combo.

If I may be so bold as to ask, and if you have a itemized bill, what did the front sight work set you back?

March 26, 2011, 04:29 PM
That is a slick revolver. Very classy! Congrats

March 26, 2011, 04:38 PM
One nice looking Ruger, you did yourself proud! Smith looks like he knows his stuff! Let us know how it works, and pics too !

Arkansas Paul
March 26, 2011, 06:12 PM
That is pure sweetness friend.
I'm green with envy.

March 26, 2011, 09:50 PM
Don't have an itemized bill. I just know a taller front sight was installed by my gunsmith to aaccommodate shooting 310gr hot loads. It was well done. Point of aim is right on.

March 26, 2011, 10:39 PM

March 26, 2011, 10:41 PM
This is one nice looking Ruger! Even nicer that it's in 44 magnum! They are a blast to shoot! Hope you have many happy years together.

March 26, 2011, 10:56 PM
Yeah, to me .44mag is the only caliber I will ever need. Properly loaded and accurately fired, it will take down any critter that walks on 4 legs...and already has! Documented by many individuals. One powerful round.

Course, if you have a Cape Buffalo or an African lion charging you it would be good to have a .475 Linebaugh or better...but I live in Texas and my .44 is king here. :)

April 4, 2011, 12:33 AM
I'm with you friend. I only load 310 gr. Oregon Trail True Shot Bullets. Will take any critter on the planet with proper shot placement. .44 Specials will take care of any other shooting needs I have.

April 4, 2011, 09:20 PM
Awesome gun and beautiful as I stated in my earlier post, but just wondering. For all the $$$$ you have into it could you have gotten a Freedom Arms 44 Mag?

April 4, 2011, 11:16 PM
Yup. Thought about that too. Total cost of the revolver was about 2 grand. But then again, it shoots one, ragged hole group at 25 yds--bout the same as a FA revolver. Plus its much more handsome than a FA. :)

April 5, 2011, 09:53 AM
Freedom Arms ain't everything to everybody. I've got four custom Rugers with more on the horizon and no plans to acquire a Freedom Arms in the foreseeable future. Lots of folks find the Bisley configuration to be more comfortable and a Ruger can be built any way you like. The FA guns, while spectacular in their own right, are still factory guns with limited options.

April 6, 2011, 06:47 AM
Hey CraigC,

I would like to see pics of those custom Rugers of yours, and maybe a little caption on who did the jobs? Thanks.

April 6, 2011, 06:59 AM

I have some brand-new Ruger factory SBH left-over parts for sale. Basically almost every blued part of the gun was replaced. 5-1/2" bbl, grip frame, almost all internal parts.

Let me know if some of you smithically inclined fellas are interested in a good deal.

April 6, 2011, 12:28 PM

This one started life as a beater 6" Ruger flat-top .357Mag. Jim Stroh rechambered the cylinder to .44Spl, installed a new premium barrel (PacNor or Douglas, don't remember), his beautiful custom front sight, a cylinder bushing, blackpowder bevel on the cylinder, custom basepin, action job, 2lb trigger, matte hard chrome finish and was originally fitted with BluMagnum smooth stags. It has since been restocked in antique paper micarta by CLC. It is one of my favorite sixguns. It is a fine shooter and more consistently accurate than any other I own.

This one was a shorty Super Blackhawk .44 that I converted to a Bisley. I then sent it to David Clements for his custom front sight, Bowen target rear, warning removal, action job, freewheel, roundbutt, lanyard ring, #5 basepin, crescent ejector and stocked in american holly by CLC. It's another favorite and gets used more often than most. It was a a fine shooter out of the box and groups into 2"@50yds. Nothing relating to accuracy was altered on this sixgun.

This one was a regular 7" Bisley .44Mag that David Clements fully accurized and installed his custom front sight, recut the crown, barrel set back and the forcing cone recut, bushed cylinder, minimum headspace, freewheeled cylinder, action job, #5 basepin, checkered ejector, warning removal, Turnbull case colors on the frame, hammer and trigger and reblued the rest. These are old grips and it has since been restocked in fancy black walnut by CLC. Another 2"@50yd shooter.

This one was part of a special deal the members of put together about ten years ago with special group pricing through Lipsey's, David Clements and Lett Grips. Started life as a 5" Bisley Vaquero .45Colt. It was originally fully tuned and accurized, the warning removed, fitted with a dovetail front sight and BluMagnum ivory micarta. I later sent it back to Clements to shorten the barrel to 4", install his pre-war S&W style adjustable rear sight, custom post front sight, blackpowder bevel, roundbutt and Bowen lanyard ring. Much happier with this configuration but I'll eventually have CLC fit it with some antique paper micarta like the flat-top above.

April 6, 2011, 12:47 PM
I like the pictures of the custom single action revolvers.

April 6, 2011, 03:12 PM
Beautiful, practical revolvers Craig. Thanks for taking the time to detail each one. I'm sure I'll go back and look at them again--and wipe the drool off that seeps out of the corner of my mouth--again.

451 Detonics
April 6, 2011, 03:26 PM
The 44 Special flattops are nice, I was happy when Lipsey had them brought back with the old grip frame. This one had a few mods done, book removed from the barrel, steel ejector rod housing, sights, and all surface mated to each other. Turnbull then did the bluing and case colors.

April 7, 2011, 02:34 AM
I like the color case hardening. Beautiful. Gorgeous.

April 7, 2011, 08:02 AM

Does anyone else feel like buying a single action now......

April 8, 2011, 03:47 AM
My favorite pic.

451 Detonics
April 8, 2011, 03:51 AM
When I get around to it this 1st year production .45 convertible will go out to Turnbull as well. This gun was my Christmas present the year I turned 14.

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