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Ruger .357 Blackhawk

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Kukri, Aug 4, 2003.

  1. Kukri

    Kukri New Member

    Dec 28, 2002
    I have been researching and figured out that I want a SA Blackhawk. I have a few questions.

    1. Is the stainless better than the blued version?

    2. Is there any common problems I should look out for?

    3. Are there any mods to get the most out of the gun?

    4. How do you like yours?

    Thank You
  2. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Home Of The First Capitol Of The Confederate State

    I don't own a Ruger SA "Blackhawk" now; but I've
    owned two over the year's! Both were blue steel
    versions; and one was the ".357 mag Blackhawk
    Convertible", whereas a extra 9m/m cylinder is
    provided with the firearm. Funny thing, back then
    I gave $125.00 out the door for the convertible
    model; and nowday's in LNIB condition, it would
    probably run in excess of $350.00?:uhoh: I can't
    recall ever experiencing a problem with either
    Ruger SA that I owned!:D

    Best Wishes,
    Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member
  3. YodaVader

    YodaVader Member

    Dec 29, 2002
    1. Is the stainless better than the blued version?

    With the stainless guns you actually have an all steel revolver. The blued versions have that aluminum grip frame which gives the revolver a cheap appearance to me. May also have an aluminum rod guide. Unless you get a Bisley version - it has the steel grip frame as well.

    About the only drawback to any Ruger single action is the creepy trigger pull. Have owned a few Blackhawks , Super Blackhawks and a Single Six - creepy triggers on all. But the Ruger SA revolvers can shoot suprisingly well!
  4. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 19, 2002
    Trigger pulls can be worked on, but those old three screws were terrific by comparison. After having the trigger tuned, consider bigger grips. I never like the grips on virtually any Ruger revolver (the cherished Bearcat is the exception).
  5. GrandmasterB

    GrandmasterB Member

    Dec 31, 2002
    Fort Worth, TX
    1. I prefer the stainless myself. Mine has the 7 5/8" barrel.

    2. Common problem -- I never get to shoot it enough! :)

    3. Mine is stock and runs great. A trigger job might be worth it, but it ain't bad like it is.

    4. I love mine!! I can regularly hit a clay pigeon out to 75 yards. :cool: :D
  6. Majic

    Majic Senior Member

    May 3, 2003
    I would say the SS model for the steel grip frame.
    Tough as nails.
    If you plan to really horse it, I suggest the Bisley model if you like the grip style.
    Triggers are nothing to write home abot can can clean up nicely.
    I like Blackhawks, even though I'm getting rid of mine, but I much prefer Bisleys ( my 2 have found a home and looking for a brother).
  7. Odessa

    Odessa New Member

    Dec 28, 2002
    eastern NC
    Kukri, I have two OM .357's now, have owned many more OM's in the past as well as have owned various NM's. FWIW here are some observations; Stainless is all steel as mentioned above - but is heavier for carrying in a holster, but more resistant to rust and visible holster wear. The Blue NM version has the aluminum grip frame and ejector rod housing and handles more like a Colt SAA, but not exactly. As for durability, there is not a better affordable SA handgun on the market - in any of it's versions. If adjustable sights are not a requirement and you want an all steel blue gun you can go with the Vaquero - same gun, different sights and parts. One thing I can tell you - they will shoot forever with reasonable loads (anything up to factory max). The Wolfe Spring kit, about 15.00 from Brownells, will really improve the hammer and trigger - I use the Wolfe 19lb mainspring and have never had a primer fail to pop (even hard CCI's), but a buddy of mine used the 17lb spring and found it a bit too light - he went to the 19lb and that cured his problem. Enjoy, Odessa
  8. Jim March

    Jim March Senior Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    SF Bay Area
  9. 444

    444 Senior Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    I was going to mention that thread but Jim beat me to it.

    I have owned a .357 Blackhawk for years. Great gun, although I haven't shot mine for quite awhile. I have mine tricked out a little. I have the Power Custom hammer and trigger, the belt mountain base pin, the steel ejector rod housing, the Bowen sights, and a great set of grips. But then this is all recorded in that thread Jim linked you to.

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