Ruger Super Blackhawk SS


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gtmtnbiker98
December 25, 2012, 11:55 PM
Are they as strong and rugged as they say they are? I'm currently a S&W wheel gun fanatic but have recently got the itch for a SA revolver. The Colt's are too pricey for what they offer which leads me to the SBH. Thoughts?

I haven't ruled out the standard Blackhawk in .357, either. Just prefer the .44.

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Action_Can_Do
December 26, 2012, 12:31 AM
They're a lot stronger than any Colt single action revolver.

gazpacho
December 26, 2012, 08:08 PM
There is a reason reloading handbooks have "Ruger Only" load recipies.

BYJO4
December 26, 2012, 08:24 PM
They are extremely strong and will handle loads that other makes cannot.

ridgerunner1965
December 26, 2012, 08:33 PM
the rugers are coil spring guns.colts and replicas of them are usually leaf spring guns. coil or leaf springs dont really have much to do with how strong the actual gun is but more how durable they are.a coil spring will take more cycles of the action to break or weaken.as a rule.

if you want a strong gun that can take lots of heavy loads then the ruger is about your only choice unless you want to go into the realm of the higher quality singles like the freedom arms stuff.
which will be priced more like the colt stuff but far tuffer.of course a lot of opinions are just that.

skt239
December 27, 2012, 08:43 AM
There is no myth or mystery about it, Ruger makes the strongest SA (production) revolvers out there.

CraigC
December 27, 2012, 12:42 PM
The Super Blackhawk is probably still the best bang for your buck in a big bore sixgun.


There is no myth or mystery about it, Ruger makes the strongest SA (production) revolvers out there.
This hasn't been true for quite some time. The FA 83 and BFR are definitely stronger than the large frame Ruger.

Deer_Freak
December 27, 2012, 01:14 PM
I have a 3 bolt Super Blackhawk chambered in 44 mag with a 7.5" barrel. I also have a new model Blackhawk convertible chambered in 357. I am not to keen on the 9mm cylinder. It shoots as well as most quality pistols but nothing like the 357 mag cylinder. The 357 cylinder is very accurate. I can hit a paper plate every time at 50 yards. My Dan Wesson 15-2 with a 10" barrel is the only handgun I own that is more accurate than the Blackhawk.

Most revolvers that are as strong or stronger than a Ruger are expensive. I can buy a Super Blackhawk and a Super Redhawk for the price of a stronger handgun.

CraigC
December 27, 2012, 02:18 PM
Not quite. The BFR and Super Redhawk have the same MSRP of $1050. Redhawks are $989 and Super Blackhawks are $719. Street price of a BFR is around $850. None of which takes away from the Ruger. I've owned almost two dozen Ruger revolvers but no BFR's or FA's. However, the fact remains that they are not the strongest SA on the market.

codefour
December 28, 2012, 02:56 AM
Not quite. The BFR and Super Redhawk have the same MSRP of $1050. Redhawks are $989 and Super Blackhawks are $719. Street price of a BFR is around $850. None of which takes away from the Ruger. I've owned almost two dozen Ruger revolvers but no BFR's or FA's. However, the fact remains that they are not the strongest SA on the market.


I agree with CraigC. The BlackHawk is the blue collar gun of high pressure magnums. Yes, there are some that are stronger or have tighter tolerances, but the BlackHawk is hard to fault for what you get for your hard earned dollar. It is more reliable than a Timex or Chevy truck, especially in .44 mag with the Super BlackHawk design.

I like .45 Colt, BUT, they are all made with different chamber specs so the throats seem to be off a bit. I am not starting a .45 LC vs .44 mag debate. For a good, reliable SA,the BlackHawk design in .44 mag is hard to beat.

Curator
December 28, 2012, 09:38 AM
I have 2 SBH revolvers, one blue, the other SS. Both have seen a lot of use with full-power .44 Magnum loads. While the SS model did need a little "tweaking" to come up to the older blued gun in terms of accuracy (two of the chamber throats were a bit under bore size) It is as accurate as many .44Mag rifles out to 100 yards with good loads. Recently I put a Burris 1 1/2-4X scope on it to see what it could do. Shooting 280 grain hard-cast LBT LFN gas checked slugs at 1400 fps from sandbags the gun could keep all 6 shots inside 3" at 100 yards. I have used this same load to "harvest" many feral hogs with one shot DRT results. Now if just I could attach a shoulder stock----

CraigC
December 28, 2012, 12:11 PM
Shooting 280 grain hard-cast LBT LFN gas checked slugs at 1400 fps from sandbags the gun could keep all 6 shots inside 3" at 100 yards.
That's some fine shootin'!

ElToro
December 28, 2012, 12:26 PM
MSRP ?? Who pays that ? I have 4 superblackhawks including a bisley vaquero in 44 mag The most I pai for any of them was 500 and that was the bisley. A used Blackhawks should be readily available for 350-500. Depending on finish and barrel length. I prefer stainless

Then after you have shot the hell out it you can send it to Bowen or Clements for a tune up and have a true masterpiece

CraigC
December 28, 2012, 12:53 PM
MSRP ?? Who pays that ? I have 4 superblackhawks including a bisley vaquero in 44 mag The most I pai for any of them was 500 and that was the bisley. A used Blackhawks should be readily available for 350-500. Depending on finish and barrel length. I prefer stainless
Seriously??? Are we comparing used prices to new MSRP's now??? Are we going to compare apples to apples or apples to potatoes???

The statement was made that anything stronger than a Ruger will basically cost twice as much. This is incorrect and proven so with facts. A Super Redhawk and BFR have the SAME MSRP. Street price, they will be within $100 of each other. A Redhawk is only $60 less and a Super Blackhawk $300 less. So I reckon not, you can't buy two new Rugers for the cost of one BFR. Unless my brains got knocked out last night, it doesn't add up.

Did you conveniently miss this part? I know a thing or two about buying sixguns. :rolleyes:
"I've owned almost two dozen Ruger revolvers but no BFR's or FA's."

I've paid up to $550 for a new Ruger revolver but those prices are six years old or more and no longer valid. That $550 sixgun six years ago is now $750.

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