Ruger Black Hawk 357


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el Godfather
March 31, 2012, 04:11 PM
Dear THR,
I want to ask for your opinions on the Ruger Black Hawk. I want to know how accurate and reliable this revolver is, and how does it hold up in long run.

Pictures and experiences are welcome.

Thanks

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allaroundhunter
March 31, 2012, 04:15 PM
My grandfather has had one for several decades, and takes great care of it. It still looks brand new after thousands of rounds. With .357 loads, it is dead accurate if you don't flinch. With .38 Spl loads, the recoil is so mild I enjoy shooting it as much as a .22. It is very accurate out to 50 yards with iron sights. (I have not shot past 50 yards very much at all with it)

To be honest, I enjoy shooting it more than my AR, my 9mms.....everything...

rcmodel
March 31, 2012, 04:21 PM
I don't think anyone can say how they will hold up in the long run.
They have only made them since 1955, and that isn't long enough to find out how they will hold up.

Only a few other guns I can think of might hold up longer, and they are not SA revolvers.

As for accuracy?
The one I had accounted for several coyotes and other stuff at 50 to 125 yards.
An old washing machine in a ditch on the farm was almost every shot easy at 200.

rc

Salmoneye
March 31, 2012, 04:37 PM
My 'Liberty' (1976) .357 NMBH with 4 5/8" barrel is never far from me...

The top strap has some minor flame cutting from my younger and more stupid days, but the thing is rock solid, and not alone around here...

http://i42.tinypic.com/2n9bybt.jpg

tightgroup tiger
March 31, 2012, 04:51 PM
Mine is a 1971 model and is one of the most accurate handguns I own.
The action is super smooth and is surprisingly easy to shoot.
Not a good picture of it.

357 Terms
March 31, 2012, 05:13 PM
http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee419/lehmansterms69/blackhawk.jpg

My 6.5in has shot hundreds of hot hunting handloads (and many more standard) rounds without a hitch.

Accurate, durable and not too bad to look at.

Everything you could want in a SA 357.

1911Tuner
March 31, 2012, 06:28 PM
Blackhawks are known for their brute strength and durability. Occasionally one will turn up that won't shoot, but they're rare and Ruger will correct it when and if it does.

If you want a single-action, it's really hard to go wrong with a Blackhawk.

243winxb
March 31, 2012, 06:38 PM
Strong, get a convertible with extra cylinder in 9mm

postalnut25
March 31, 2012, 06:38 PM
My 'Liberty' (1976) .357 NMBH with 4 5/8" barrel is never far from me...

The top strap has some minor flame cutting from my younger and more stupid days, but the thing is rock solid, and not alone around here...

http://i42.tinypic.com/2n9bybt.jpg
Salmoneye,

Those are some eyecatching stocks you have on that hogleg. What are they made of if you don't mind me asking?

CSA 357
March 31, 2012, 06:53 PM
bought one in 1979 its been shot more than i could count! still going strong!

thunder173
March 31, 2012, 07:05 PM
I have an Old Model 3 Screw that was made back in 1973. It was bought brand new by my brother and now it is mine. No idea how many thousands of rounds through it. Why,....it is barely broken in,...and more accurate than I will ever be.

mnhntr
March 31, 2012, 07:30 PM
Great gun, will last a lifetime of heavy magnum rounds and accurate as heck.

MCgunner
March 31, 2012, 09:11 PM
I traded a stainless Security Six for mine 20 odd years ago and never looked back. Didn't like the SS for a few reasons, accuracy with .38s being one of them, but the Blackhawk is amazing. I can bench 4" groups at 100 yards with it and shoot 1" all day long at 25 off the bench with .38 or .357, only requires a sight elevation change for .38s. I mostly run HOT .357 in the gun as it's a hunting revolver and it's as tight as ever, VERY strong gun, much more strength than that Security Six which was getting a little loose. It also handles the recoil of hot 180s like they were wadcutter .38s in a K frame.

http://i39.tinypic.com/10e1q1j.jpg

Salmoneye
March 31, 2012, 10:34 PM
Salmoneye,

Those are some eyecatching stocks you have on that hogleg. What are they made of if you don't mind me asking?

Those are Spalted Maple from my wood pile...They have about 8 coats of Boiled Linseed on them so far, aned that is what gives them the amber color...I've got a couple other sets that came from the same chunk of wood, and I have maybe another 5 sets to do out of that chunk...

Here are the last ones I did from a different position on that same chunk...This pic is before I put a half dozen coats of Formby's Tung Oil Finish on them, so they are a tad shinier now, but the color is about the same...

http://i43.tinypic.com/4rt076.jpg

Salmoneye
March 31, 2012, 10:36 PM
MCgunner:

Are those Mustang Grips in Zebra Wood???

roaddog28
March 31, 2012, 10:59 PM
What do I think about my 357/9mm Blackhawk? I love it. I can go to the range with only my Blackhawk and have three choices of ammo. For cheap shooting 9mm. I can load mild 38 specials and shoot them like 22 LR. Then of course the 357 magnum rounds. There isn't a load that my Blackhawk can't handle. For the money I paid for this revolver I think it is the best thing going.
Howard
http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu283/HPitt74985/DSC00116.jpg

AJumbo
March 31, 2012, 11:03 PM
My "Bicentennial" Blackhawk went through a car wreck before I bought it, and thousands of rounds have gone through it in the meantime. The bluing has carry wear, the bore is frosted (first owner left it in the wrecked car for almost two years without cleaning it), has been carried in freezing rain and desert sandstorms, dropped from horses, and got me through my "I can put HOW MUCH Bullseye behind that bullet?" reloading phase. It is firearm I strap on when I head into the Never-Never, and one of those that sleeps next to my bed.

I don't see how any well-managed household gets by without a Blackhawk.

cpt-t
April 1, 2012, 10:02 AM
el Godfather: I have and old 3 screw I bought in 1972 and it is still just as accurate and tight as when it was new, Can`t belive I have been shooting that gun for 40 yrs but I have and I can`t tell you how many rounds I have put thru it and have never had one problem with this gun. I prefer the 7 1/2 tube, but that is just me. In my opion a Ruger is better than a Colt much stronger. Anf I can buy 3 Rugers for what one Colt costs and you can take them home with you the same day not put on a long waiting list. I still hunt with this old gun and it is very comforting gun to carry on walks in the woods, It has a natural pointing ability for me and I have taken a few Hogs and other varmits with it. You can`t beat a RUGER BLACKHAWK In my opion and it will last you a lifetime. GOOD LUCK TO YOU: ken

GJgo
April 1, 2012, 10:31 AM
I just bought a 357/9 convertible last week, and after only putting a box of 9mm through it I already love it way more than I thought I would. I think my 686 will be spending more time in the safe now so I don't hurt it with the Ruger loads. :D

hdbiker
April 1, 2012, 11:37 AM
after almost 3 five gallon pails of wheel weights,sinse 1976,my liberty modle .357 Blackhawk locks up perfect and is still dead on accurate.biker

CraigC
April 1, 2012, 11:50 AM
You have nothing to worry about with a Blackhawk in any chambering. Strength, longevity and accuracy are unquestionable.

Coyote3855
April 1, 2012, 12:03 PM
This one's old school. Shot my best ever handgun group with it. If you're going to carry it, I'd suggest the 4 5/8" barrel. I take my 2 3/4" Speed Six if the day will involve horses, jeeps, or a lot of hiking.

http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j467/Inusuit/003-3.jpg

Steve in PA
April 1, 2012, 01:05 PM
Picked up mine a few weeks ago in a trade.

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d159/Steve_in_PA/Guns/20120316182246.jpg

LTR shooter
April 1, 2012, 03:00 PM
Strength is the last thing I would ever worry about on a Blackhawk 357. The frame is strong enough for the 44 Mag SBH. I have a 6 1/2" "Liberty" 1976 stainless model that will surely outlast me. Accuracy has been very good with the 357 BHs I have owned.

Only issues I've experienced - I bought a new BH 357 in 2003 and the cylinder bores on that gun had deep circular machining marks visible. Pretty shoddy. Although the gun did shoot remarkably well.

MCgunner
April 1, 2012, 04:37 PM
MCgunner:

Are those Mustang Grips in Zebra Wood???

Pretty sure it's zebra wood, but not sure of the manufacturer as I picked 'em up for 10 bucks out of a big box of misc used grips at a gun show. They're REAL comfy, though. :D

Salmoneye
April 1, 2012, 05:18 PM
Pretty sure they are Mustangs...Hard to find these days...

These are mine on my SBH:

http://i39.tinypic.com/s2grkj.jpg

Numeric
April 1, 2012, 06:16 PM
I got a brand-spankin' new 6.5" NM Blackhawk .357Mag last year in May. As I mentioned in another thread, it has the smoothest unmodified action of any SA revolver I have yet handled. It is very accurate, out to 50yds so far. Next time I take it out I plan to shoot for 100. I have put roughly 200 rounds through mine, both .357 and .38, and accuracy doesn't vary with any commercial loading I've tried yet. The .38s generate so little recoil it's almost like shooting .22LR out of a Single-Six. I only wish I had known a convertible Blackhawk existed, 'cause that would be even more awesome for post-apocalyptic shenanigans. I wonder If I could get Ruger to make me a 9x19 cylinder?

"It is my most favorite (hand) gun."

mavracer
April 1, 2012, 06:39 PM
Blackhawks are like sex the worst experiance I ever had was great and they're about as reliable as a Eastwing hammer.

ljnowell
April 1, 2012, 11:37 PM
I got a brand-spankin' new 6.5" NM Blackhawk .357Mag last year in May. As I mentioned in another thread, it has the smoothest unmodified action of any SA revolver I have yet handled. It is very accurate, out to 50yds so far. Next time I take it out I plan to shoot for 100. I have put roughly 200 rounds through mine, both .357 and .38, and accuracy doesn't vary with any commercial loading I've tried yet. The .38s generate so little recoil it's almost like shooting .22LR out of a Single-Six. I only wish I had known a convertible Blackhawk existed, 'cause that would be even more awesome for post-apocalyptic shenanigans. I wonder If I could get Ruger to make me a 9x19 cylinder?
Let me tell you, I ordered my 45 colt Blackhawk having never fired or handled one before. I was in love with the hot rodded 45 colt(and still am). Out of the box it had a 3.6lb trigger pull. I was flabbergasted as I had heard of how bad ruger triggers were(this was my first ruger of any kind). I read about the "poor boys trigger job" on the net and decided to try it. On the same pull gauge, a very nice one owned by the local gunshop owner/gunsmith registed a repeated average of 2lbs 13oz. Not too darned shabby for a cheap single action, at least in my opinion.

DammitBoy
April 2, 2012, 12:04 AM
I like them so much I have 8 Blackhawks in 11 different calibers.

GJgo
April 2, 2012, 10:26 AM
Brand new out of the box the NMBH convertible I got last week has a consistent 3.2 lb trigger pull... Just a hair of creep as the transfer bar rises, but predictable & not gritty.

Ratshooter
April 2, 2012, 11:43 AM
Okay I will be the one voice of dissent. I had a BH convertible and shot it for about half a year. I shot lots of reduced lead 9mm loads at turtles in my buddies pond. The gun was accurate enough for any handgun work I would have needed it for. There is no question about the strength of the gun. It can take if you can. But I never hot rod loads anyway. If I need more power I just use a bigger gun.

The only thing I didn't like about it and is the sole reason I sold the gun was that it just seemed too big of a gun for the 357 round. I didn't like the weight or the barrel heavyness with the small factory grip.

This thread has made me wonder if I made a mistake selling the gun. I do like the idea of the smaller anniversery model though. The option of shooting a 9mm out of it is not a big selling point to me.

CraigC
April 2, 2012, 12:44 PM
The large frame New Model is too much sixgun for the cartridge. The mid-frame Old Models and the 50th anniversary flat-top are much better suited to the .357Mag chambering. While the 50th version is just as heavy, it does feel and balance much better and I greatly prefer the XR3/Colt SAA/Navy pattern grip frame over the XR3-RED. Though the difference will be very subtle to many shooters.

BullRunBear
April 2, 2012, 01:16 PM
I have a 357 Blackhawk from the first year of manufacture. I'm the third owner. God only knows how many rounds went through it before I got it and I've put several thousand down range with it. The bore is immaculate and it locks uo tight. I have a 50th Anniversary model as well. Accuracy is better than I can shoot on both of them.

I don't put the heaviest 357 loads through them, just standard power 357s and plenty of 38 specials. If I want absolute full house 357 mag loads I use my Redhawk or a T/C Contender.

If you manage to wear one out, let us know. You would be part of a VERY small group. ;)

Jeff

Fiv3r
April 2, 2012, 02:19 PM
I traded into a used stainless 6.5" .357 BH, and I'll never part with it. It's more accurate than I'll ever be and I don't think I'll ever be able to wear it out.

Yes it is heavy, but it just shoots so dang nice:)

MCgunner
April 2, 2012, 04:28 PM
Well, for those that think the BH is too much gun for .357, Freedom Arms makes a .22, .357 also. :D

CraigC
April 2, 2012, 07:17 PM
And FA's best platform for the .357 is the little model 97, which is actually a touch smaller than a Colt SAA.

postalnut25
April 2, 2012, 07:22 PM
Salmoneye,

Thanks for the info. Those stocks are gorgeous, and the fact that you made them yourself just makes them that much better.

newrugersafan
April 2, 2012, 09:26 PM
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d162/stobbem053/DSC01721.jpg

They seem to hold up pretty well, this one is a '56

MCgunner
April 2, 2012, 09:28 PM
And FA's best platform for the .357 is the little model 97, which is actually a touch smaller than a Colt SAA.

I'll never know. It's over a grand and then some. I traded a Security Six straight up for my Blackhawk and like it a lot. If I buy an FA in the future, it'll likely be a .454.

DammitBoy
April 2, 2012, 10:50 PM
Those are Spalted Maple from my wood pile...

http://i43.tinypic.com/4rt076.jpg

Those grips are finer than a speckled hawg son! I gotta have a pair of them!

Red Cent
April 3, 2012, 05:17 PM
Served me well since about 2003. Around 15,000 rounds a year. Owned by one of the best cowboy gunsmith around, Cody Conagher. Sold to Lone Dude, a past top shooter in NC. Bought them from Lone Dude and they are small tanks. I had to replace one trigger return sping in all this time. I do shoot light loads but the way cowboy is shot they take a beating.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee189/redcent69/Handguns/Ruger3screwsknife002.jpg

Auf Grosser Fahrt
April 3, 2012, 05:37 PM
A thing of beauty! Black Beauty.

el Godfather
April 6, 2012, 06:13 PM
Post 21 by CraigC is quite a statement. I hope he is right.

2zulu1
April 6, 2012, 06:34 PM
Bought mine new in 1968 and it's a great shooter, 7.5" barrel and it cleans up nice.

MCgunner
April 6, 2012, 09:23 PM
Post 21 by CraigC is quite a statement. I hope he is right.

If he ain't right, he ain't far from wrong. The Blackhawks are tough handguns, accurate, and compared to a DA gun they're simple. No crane, and assorted hardware for cylinder release. I really prefer single actions for outdoor use and the Blackhawk is the strongest affordable (that leaves out Freedom Arms) single actions going IMHO. The adjustable sight, to me, for a working gun, is necessary, especially one that will see light loads as well as heavy.

murf
April 6, 2012, 10:44 PM
i have an old model 357mag, made in 1960, still running strong. will shoot max loads all day long.

murf

-eaux-
April 7, 2012, 03:55 AM
A Blackhawk in .357mag is the best revolver money you'll ever spend, bar none.

p.s., though for the life of me, I can't imagine why I would ever have a need to convert a .357 to 9x19

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