She's going back to Ruger


March 10, 2013, 07:47 PM
I received this Super Blackhawk for a college graduation present from my Dad in 2000. In 2003 I had to send it back to Ruger because the ejection rod housing blew apart. They fixed it for free and sent it back to me. It has shot pretty well since then and I've been happy. Today I was trying out some fairly mild reloads across the chronograph. Accuracy was terrible. I thought the reloads were a bad combination of powder and bullet/ seating depth, primer, brass, etc. I loaded a cylinder full of another load. Started shooting. After every time, I had to push the ejector rod back in until it "clicked". Not normal. I knew something was bad. I unloaded the remaining rounds and took to the shed to dismantle. Soon as I got the cylinder out, I saw the crack in the forcing cone. Using a bright flashlight, I see the crack goes into the barrel at least 3/4". Sending her back to Ruger. Just sad :(

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dagger dog
March 10, 2013, 07:58 PM
That's a real kick in the rear, I know Ruger will make it right but I really hate seeing this especially with a Blackhawk !

For what caliber is it chambered , have you checked the diameter on the bullets ?

March 10, 2013, 08:08 PM
dagger dog, it is a kick in the rear! I know they'll make it right but...
I have checked the throats because I shot a lot of cast bullets. It is right at .4305
The bullets I was shooting today weren't my cast bullets, though. I was shooting Nosler's "sporting handgun" 240 grain JHP's.
.44 Mag

March 10, 2013, 08:09 PM
Wow. What loads have you been shooting in this gun, out of curiosity?

March 10, 2013, 08:46 PM
load today:
15.7 grains H110, mag primer, brand new Win brass, COL 1.60"
Nosler 240 grain JHP

March 10, 2013, 09:13 PM
I seem to recall that max. for H110 behind a 240 grain bullet is around 24 grains in a 44 magnum....with a warning NOT to reduce from maximum. Maybe this is why they issued the warning.

March 10, 2013, 10:43 PM
^^ Yeah, and min is 23 grains. H-110 does not being cheated, and all the manuals say so.

If you're gonna soft load .44Mag, use 2400.

March 10, 2013, 10:53 PM
For those loads listed where a starting load is not shown, start 10% below the suggested maximum load and then approach maximums carefully, watching for any sign of pressure (difficult extraction, cratered and flattened or blown primers, and unusual recoil). H110 and Winchester 296 loads should not be reduced more than 3%.

Reduce H110 and Winchester 296 loads 3% and work up from there. H110 and Winchester 296 if reduced too much will cause inconsistent ignition. In some cases it will lodge a bullet in the barrel, causing a hazardous situation (Barrel Obstruction). This may cause severe personal injury or death to users or bystanders. DO NOT REDUCE H110 LOADS BY MORE THAN 3%.

From Hodgdons website.

March 10, 2013, 10:54 PM
I'd say that wasn't what caused this as you would clearly have notice excessive recoil, but for future reference.

March 10, 2013, 11:20 PM
Surprised you didn't stick a bullet in the barrel with 15.7 grains of H110....

March 10, 2013, 11:46 PM
I believe there is an alignment problem of the cylinder with the frame. The factory method of retaining the ejector rod on Ruger's SA revolvers has always been a weak design point. Please let us know what Ruger tells you on this.

March 11, 2013, 11:25 AM
I was mistaken. I shot a lot of handloads yesterday. The 15.7 grains of H110 was one of the .357 mag loads I shot. I believe the 23.7 load was what I was shooting out of the Super Blackhawk. Just got off the phone with Ruger. They said send it on. Off she goes.

March 11, 2013, 11:51 AM
If you're gonna soft load .44Mag, use 2400.

Naw. When I soft load .44 Mag, I use Unique.

wild willy
March 11, 2013, 07:22 PM
What caused the ejection rod housing to fly apart? Did the barrel turn out?Just wondering I had a super blackhawk bisley hunter that did it.They replaced the gun

March 11, 2013, 08:26 PM
Congrats. You actually wore out a gun. Doesn't happen often. Ruger will make it like new so,you can wear it out again.

March 11, 2013, 10:30 PM
Always sad to see a gun break, but at least it is a Ruger. As others have said they will make it right.

March 11, 2013, 10:40 PM
I didn't think it was possible to break a Ruger like that.

March 12, 2013, 07:08 AM
What caused the ejection rod housing to fly apart?

I was just shooting. Average day. Pulled the trigger and spent the next hour picking up the pieces in the grass. I'm not sure what you mean about the barrel turning out?

March 12, 2013, 07:16 AM
What the heck, Ruger? First I see a thread about a busted SR1911, and now this? WHY RUGER...WHY!?!? They should make it right both quickly and without any cost to you.

Sorry to hear about your bad luck. Let us know how it works out for you. Happy Hunting.

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