Looking for a single action


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JVaughn
April 25, 2013, 07:27 PM
This might be a tall order...
I'm looking for a sinle action, but have not been able to find one that has the features I want. There may not be one, but I thought I would check here and see if I could get any ideas.

What I want is something like a Ruger new model blackhawk. I like the sights and it comes in .357 mag which is my preferred caliber. I would like to find something with wood furniture however. I may end up just ordering grips and getting a blackhawk. Any ideas before I do that?

Thanks.

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calaverasslim
April 25, 2013, 07:41 PM
that sounds like a plan

Upstater
April 25, 2013, 07:42 PM
That is exactly what I did with my new Vaquero and I couldn't be happier.:)

wrs840
April 25, 2013, 07:49 PM
Ruger sells pretty nice grips on their website.

I put Rosewood on my .357 New Vaquero, and like them. The ones I bought a couple years ago have a glossier finish than the ones they show on their website now. No complaints though, they fit perfectly, and look and feel great, IMO.

http://shopruger.com/Single-Action-Rosewood-w_o-Lock/productinfo/70046/

Black Knight
April 25, 2013, 07:54 PM
You certainly could not go wrong with a Ruger SA. I have an original Vaquero in 44 Magnum and love it. The Blackhawk in 357 is an excellent choice. Grips are easy to switch out. I switched the wood grips on my Vaquero to imitation ivory and on a stainless steel gun they just look right. Sounds like you have a plan so stick with it.

tubeshooter
April 25, 2013, 08:26 PM
Yeah, I think Ruger decided that so many get swapped out they now give rubber as a standard grip on many models. Not sure what year that happened, but anyway...


I have a Single Six from the '80s and a NM Blackhawk from the 70's, both with nice wood. If I buy a new Ruger single action that comes with rubber, I will almost certainly replace the grips with something aftermarket.

rcmodel
April 25, 2013, 08:32 PM
There are any number of Ruger distributor specials that come with wood grips.
http://www.ruger.com/products/newModelBlackhawkDE/models.html

As well as a couple of model of stainless Blackhawk's.
http://www.ruger.com/products/newModelBlackhawkStainless/models.html

rc

Mango88
April 25, 2013, 08:53 PM
Don't forget that Hogue grips come in many different hardwoods, micarta, synthetic ivory and pearlized finishes. Take a look at their catalog, if nothing else it may give you ideas.
http://www.hoguestore.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=27_702_63

txgunsuscg
April 25, 2013, 09:28 PM
Maybe consider trying to get some Evil Roy grips. Supposedly they solve the problem of single actions slipping in your hands. I plan on getting a set for my Vaquero, and they have a model for Blackhawks...

JVaughn
April 25, 2013, 10:38 PM
Thanks for the links, Hogue does have some good looking stuff and I love the evil Roy rosewood. I think I now just have to choose some aftermarket furniture. I may stop at the LGS tomorrow and pickup that Blackhawk. They had it in stock last week, hopefully still there.

gamestalker
April 25, 2013, 11:50 PM
I bought a new model SBH in the mid 80's that came with wood grips. Nothing special, but very accurate, and nice blue job.

GS

bannockburn
April 26, 2013, 06:22 AM
JVaughn

The first thing I do with my new Rugers is to replace those boring looking plastic stocks with something more befitting a single action revolver. Some of my new grips include the rosewood ones that Ruger offers, American Holly wood (looks like aged ivory), from Private's Custom Grips, and Tru Ivory grips from Bar-S-Grips.
http://i1184.photobucket.com/albums/z334/TailoAltera/gunpix1049-1.jpg (http://s1184.photobucket.com/user/TailoAltera/media/gunpix1049-1.jpg.html)
http://i1184.photobucket.com/albums/z334/TailoAltera/2012-10-07_17-09-25_9631.jpg (http://s1184.photobucket.com/user/TailoAltera/media/2012-10-07_17-09-25_9631.jpg.html)
http://i1184.photobucket.com/albums/z334/TailoAltera/2012-10-07_16-48-30_9231.jpg (http://s1184.photobucket.com/user/TailoAltera/media/2012-10-07_16-48-30_9231.jpg.html)

wheelyfun66
April 26, 2013, 06:34 AM
You don't buy a car based on what kind of tires are mounted, do you?
Buy that Blackhawk with confidence, and have fun buying two or three sets of stocks for it!
http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/t497/spec4towle/037-1_zpsd608286a.jpg (http://s1062.photobucket.com/user/spec4towle/media/037-1_zpsd608286a.jpg.html)
http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/t497/spec4towle/IMG_0796.jpg (http://s1062.photobucket.com/user/spec4towle/media/IMG_0796.jpg.html)

the Black Spot
April 26, 2013, 06:53 AM
Colt new frontier might be what your looking for

bergmen
April 26, 2013, 07:05 PM
Don't forget Altamont makes excellent laser cut wood grips at very affordable prices. I paid $38.00 for these for my Ruger Bisley:

http://i1322.photobucket.com/albums/u580/Bergmen/Firearms%20and%20Shooting/Handguns/RugerBisleywithAltamontGrips-01_zps7e05785a.jpg (http://s1322.photobucket.com/user/Bergmen/media/Firearms%20and%20Shooting/Handguns/RugerBisleywithAltamontGrips-01_zps7e05785a.jpg.html)

http://i1322.photobucket.com/albums/u580/Bergmen/Firearms%20and%20Shooting/Handguns/RugerBisleywithAltamontGrips-02_zpse80cffb6.jpg (http://s1322.photobucket.com/user/Bergmen/media/Firearms%20and%20Shooting/Handguns/RugerBisleywithAltamontGrips-02_zpse80cffb6.jpg.html)

Dan

SharpsDressedMan
April 26, 2013, 09:18 PM
Here's some myrtle wood. ................................................. http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m247/matquig/DSC06438.jpg (http://s106.photobucket.com/user/matquig/media/DSC06438.jpg.html)

JVaughn
April 27, 2013, 10:06 PM
Phase 1 complete... It came home today.

183375

JVaughn
April 27, 2013, 10:07 PM
Now need to choose the best furniture options and get them coming as well.

nelsonal
April 27, 2013, 10:48 PM
Sharps that Myrtle wood is gorgeous!

Very nice! Did you decide on a grip maker/wood species? I've been slowly making some from Goncalo Alves, waiting for the pore filling finish to cure, but they're shaping up reasonably well, for a first try.

If I had a piece big enough, my next choice would probably be American Holly (I love how it looks with blued steel).

Jaymo
April 28, 2013, 06:08 PM
Alatmont grips ARE Ruger factory wood grips.
Don't remember if they come with the Ruger bird, but they come WITHOUT the Ruger price markup.
Private Schultz makes nice grips. I have a pair of his holly wood grips on my .44 Spl Flattop.
I have a pair of CLC myrtle wood grips on my ROA, that are probably going to go on my BH .45 ragtop.
CLC grips are gorgeous.
Nothing wrong with Private Schultz's grips, either. Both are very nice.
Both are a HUGE improvement over the factory grips.
I'm planning to send some mahogany, myrtle, and red cedar to one/both of them and have some more made for my ROA/BHs/Single Sixes.

The gun definitely rolls up in the hand more with the new, smooth, thicker grips. (Supposed to, part of the design)
The payoff is that it's no longer uncomfortable/painful to shoot a box of ammo.
The factory cheesegrater grips make my hands feel raw after about 20 rounds.
Not so, with the replacements.

Now, to get my ROA and my BHs, and SSs converted into Bisleys.

bergmen
April 28, 2013, 08:22 PM
Phase 1 complete... It came home today.

Outstanding. Boy are you going to like that revolver, I can just about guarantee it.

Grips are the least of your worries as there are a number of sources stated here for your perusal.

Have fun!

Dan

JVaughn
May 6, 2013, 09:55 PM
Phase 2... Complete.

Went with alatmont ivory.

JVaughn
May 6, 2013, 09:56 PM
Another view

CraigC
May 7, 2013, 02:27 PM
Looks good! I prefer to have mine professionally fitted but Altamont makes good stuff.

SabbathWolf
May 7, 2013, 03:00 PM
Don't forget Altamont makes excellent laser cut wood grips at very affordable prices. I paid $38.00 for these for my Ruger Bisley:

http://i1322.photobucket.com/albums/u580/Bergmen/Firearms%20and%20Shooting/Handguns/RugerBisleywithAltamontGrips-01_zps7e05785a.jpg (http://s1322.photobucket.com/user/Bergmen/media/Firearms%20and%20Shooting/Handguns/RugerBisleywithAltamontGrips-01_zps7e05785a.jpg.html)

http://i1322.photobucket.com/albums/u580/Bergmen/Firearms%20and%20Shooting/Handguns/RugerBisleywithAltamontGrips-02_zpse80cffb6.jpg (http://s1322.photobucket.com/user/Bergmen/media/Firearms%20and%20Shooting/Handguns/RugerBisleywithAltamontGrips-02_zpse80cffb6.jpg.html)

Dan
Yep.
I went with Altamont as well.
I chose smooth, but Altamont makes some very good quality grips for very reasonable prices.
I agree.


http://i1312.photobucket.com/albums/t532/479WAbd/0025_zps6c149177.jpg

Salmoneye
May 8, 2013, 08:19 AM
I just make my own...

Saves on shipping lol

http://i43.tinypic.com/5frwk8.jpg

340PD
May 8, 2013, 12:10 PM
I just bought a .357/9mm convertible. To my surprise they both shot to POA at 35'. The 9mm loads felt like shooting a .22. The grips were left over from a previous Blackhawk purchase that I regrettably sold a few years back.

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t320/gnystrom_photos/RugerSAconvertible_zpsd2e00be1.jpg

JVaughn
May 8, 2013, 06:48 PM
Those are dang fine Salmon, I like.

BCRider
May 8, 2013, 07:05 PM
Salmoneye, spalted maple or spalted birch? Or some other spalted variety?

Darn nice work.

JVaughn, do you tinker around at things with your hands at all? Because it really isn't THAT hard to do wood working at the level needed to produce SAA style grips. There's a few tricks and it pays to think ahead a little but in the end you're only risking a small piece of wood. And if you start out with learning on common lumberyard stock this amounts to about 20 cents worth.

The skills and lessons you learn? Priceless when you can produce something like Salmoneye's grip scales.

JVaughn
May 8, 2013, 07:11 PM
JVaughn, do you tinker around at things with your hands at all?

Yeah, I'm in construction. I do a fair amount of woodworking; but usually not decorative stuff so much. I don't whittle or carve; but i suspect i could manage some pistol grips if I wanted to. I am pretty critical of my own work, a little hard to please, so I usually stick to my strengths if you know what I mean.

BCRider
May 8, 2013, 07:32 PM
Stradivari didn't make historically significant violins the first time around either.

Like you I'm my own worst critic. But for me it's the challenge of meeting my own standards and the joy I get when it does come together.

And hey! No one has to know it ever happened if the failures end up in the trash or fire.... :D

Salmoneye
May 8, 2013, 08:28 PM
Ayuh...

Those are Spalted Maple from my firewood pile...I took them to 400 grit sandpaper, and then did maybe a half dozen coats of Boiled Linseed with 4/0 Steel Wool between coats...

Did them last Spring...Have also done some for Rugers and Smiths from White Ash, and Red Cedar...Took me about 3 sets to get the hang of it...

Thanks for the kind words...

ADDING:

If I can do it, anyone can...

The best piece of equipment I can recommend, is a spindle sander...

huntershooter
May 8, 2013, 08:54 PM
Another option;

http://i1043.photobucket.com/albums/b434/huntershooter/RS%20Hog%20Guns/resize%20hog%20guns/hogguns003.jpg

http://i1043.photobucket.com/albums/b434/huntershooter/RS%20Hog%20Guns/resize%20hog%20guns/hogguns006.jpg

BCRider
May 9, 2013, 01:14 PM
I'm nearing the end of my retirement shop renos. So most of my tools are still not available. Yet that didn't stop me from doing a couple of sets of scales.

My main "weapons against the wood" for this size of project were a 12 inch half round and a 3/8inch round coarse metal files. They cut aggresively but still slowly enough that you can sneak up on the final shape with excellent control and best of all they don't tear out the grain if used with a lighter touch during the finer shaping.

temmi
May 9, 2013, 01:41 PM
I ordered grips

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