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Blackhawk .45 Convertable

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Roger 1940, Mar 29, 2013.

  1. Roger 1940

    Roger 1940 New Member

    I just acquired a New Model Blackhawk .45 Colt/ACP It came with both cylinders, and both match the serial # However which cylinder is for the .45 and which is the ACP, I don't see any marking on either one which tells me which one to use.
    Thanks for any help
  2. guitarguy314

    guitarguy314 Well-Known Member

    The 45 acp cylinder will have a raised ring on the inside of each chamber. This is there to keep the round at the back of the cylinder instead of having it fall through to the end out of reach of the firing pin.

    If yours shoots like mine, you're gonna love it.
  3. 1911Tuner

    1911Tuner Moderator Emeritus

    Quick and easy way to tell is to drop a .45 auto round into the chambers. If it goes in way too deep, that's the .45 Colt cylinder.
  4. Driftwood Johnson

    Driftwood Johnson Well-Known Member

    Yup. A 45 Colt round will not go all the way into the chambers.
  5. DPris

    DPris Well-Known Member

    Both will have the chamber ring, in the ACP cylinder the ring is farther to the rear.
  6. BlindJustice

    BlindJustice Well-Known Member

    +1 for all the replies

    Case Lengths approx,
    .45 ACP = .898
    .45 Colt = 1.275

    In addition the .45 Colt at the rear of the case just ahead of
    the rim, the diameter of the case is slightly larger than the ACP.

  7. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    Just wait'll you get a .22 and or 9mm convertible.. whole nother animal!

    just kidding
  8. Gary A

    Gary A Well-Known Member

    My favorite revolver of all. 2nd place is not even close.
  9. Jaymo

    Jaymo Well-Known Member

    I'd been wanting a Ruger Blackhawk .45 Convertible. Then, I found a 2011 model that looked like it had one box of ammo run through each cyl. It was 400 dollars, and it only cost me 200 dollars out of pocket, because of Visa gift cards I received as part of an incentive plan at work.
    Now, to get some more comfortable grips.
  10. Leadhead

    Leadhead Well-Known Member

    Jaymo, There are lot's of grip options for sure but sometimes if you aren't used to a single action type grip they feel awkward..... you need to try and get comfortable with your pinky wrapped around the bottom and a 3 finger grip.
  11. Jaymo

    Jaymo Well-Known Member

    My problem with the factory cheesegrater grips is that they're too thin for my preferences, and the checkering leaves my hands sore after a box of ammo.
  12. Roger 1940

    Roger 1940 New Member

    Thanks Everyone for the info. I have spent hours & Hours trying to find out
    this information, never thought of looking inside of the chamber, Gonna try it out this weekend, hope it's a good as everyone says.
    Thanks Again
  13. SDGlock23

    SDGlock23 Well-Known Member

    The Blackhawk .45 Colt/.45 ACP is quite possibly the best bang for your buck deal ever conceived. I have the 5.5" stainless Bisley convertible and it's unreal.
  14. Jaymo

    Jaymo Well-Known Member

    The great thing is I can load ACP plinking loads for less money than I can Colt ammo.
    And, I can load Colt hot for hunting.
  15. jotjackson

    jotjackson Well-Known Member

  16. fatcpa

    fatcpa Well-Known Member

    My Lipseys 45 Colt flat top also came convertible to 45 ACP, but the gun likes lead 45 colt bullets better. Mid-range velocity with Missouri Bullets cowboy RNFP (12 brnl instead of 16 or 18) shoots real well with several powders and doesn't beat the gun or your wrist up. Good with Trail Boss too but can't get much over 700 fps with max loads.
  17. Jaymo

    Jaymo Well-Known Member

    A single .45 lead round ball, and a few grains of powder, and I have a good plinking load for the ACP.
  18. DPris

    DPris Well-Known Member

    John Wayne's ghost'll gitcha for that....
  19. Jsg81

    Jsg81 Well-Known Member

    This is going to be my next purchase to go with my 1911. I've got a good .22 so I can't think of much more I could ever need.

    Want is a different beast though.
  20. Leadhead

    Leadhead Well-Known Member

    Gotcha, mine are smooth wood.

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