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Ruger Blackhawk trigger mod quesion

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Brent777, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. Brent777

    Brent777 New Member

    I have a Ruger 50th anniversary New Model Blackhawk in 357mag. It comes from the factory medium framed. For me the trigger pull is way too high. I am thinking of installing a Power Custom Ruger single action half cock hammer and trigger kit along with the free spin pawl. Will these parts fit this particular revolver? This would be a $200+ modification...I would appreciate your thoughts as to the worth versus a simple trigger spring replacement.
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    As I understand it, the Power Custom kit would not work in your new Medium frame gun.

    Power Custom says:
    Your gun is neither one.

    You might try the "Poor Mans Ruger Trigger Job"

    Take the grips off, and unhook one arm of the dual-arm trigger spring from the pin in the frame.

  3. Floppy_D

    Floppy_D Member In Memoriam

    It worked for me. It won't do anything for rough triggers, but it will sure be a lighter pull. I've never had an issue with light strikes or misfires, either.
  4. kanook

    kanook Well-Known Member

    Try this. It works better than the "one legged dog" trick


    You will need to add the www. in front to get to this. Don't want to get in trouble for posting the hole link
  5. Hammerdown77

    Hammerdown77 Well-Known Member

    Yep, bend the two back legs, rather than taking one off the pin. I did the poor man's trigger job and it made the creep worse, almost like the trigger would "catch" before the hammer fell. Put both legs back on and bent them, ever so slightly, until the trigger pull measured a clean 3 lb.s on the scale.
  6. kanook

    kanook Well-Known Member

    If I might add

    I tried the "one legged dog" for a couple of months till somebody steared me into the "bending springs" way.

    If the one legger works for you, then that is great. I'm not saying my way is better, just better for me.
  7. dewalt-2

    dewalt-2 Well-Known Member

  8. MCMXI

    MCMXI Well-Known Member

    I installed complete Power Custom/Wolf kits (hammers, triggers, springs) in two of my Bisley Blackhawks chambered in .45 Colt and it's a superb upgrade and I'd highly recommend it to anyone. However, as rcmodel noted ... you don't have a large frame Blackhawk so it's not an option for you. As for the trigger spring, I initially installed the Wolf trigger spring and didn't like the trigger. I removed it and bent the "legs" of the factory trigger springs as suggested in the instructions and I'm very happy with the triggers.

  9. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Well-Known Member

    Doesn't anyone do a trigger job the old fashioned way? Stone and hone?

    The free spin mod is a simple one, the oem parts take very little work to have a superb trigger.
  10. Red Cent

    Red Cent Well-Known Member

    MCB, that is scary to some. One of these days, someone will create a hammer notch that can be adjusted for creep. :)

    Now to mix things up, I stone/file/emery cloth the hammer while barely changing the angle with a file. I don't mess with the springs. I load nothing but Federal primers so I cut coils (Ruger)until the Federals don't pop, then I add a shim. My three screws have fired thousands of rounds over the last few years with nary a problem. 1.5# trigger, no creep.
  11. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    There's a bit of misinformation floating around that I will try to clear up. Firstly, is that the medium frame hammers and triggers are fully interchangeable with the large frame parts. Secondly, your Ruger already has a freespin pawl in it. The difference is that it has that little plunger that engages the ratchet teeth on the cylinder to line up the chambers at the audible "click". If you want it to freespin in both directions, all you have to do is remove the plunger.

    IMHO, both the half cock conversion parts and the freespin pawl are two different solutions to the same problem (chambers not lining up with the loading port) and there is no reason to use them in conjunction. Since your sixgun does not exhibit that 37yr old issue with the loading port, there's not really any reason whatsoever to do either modification. Unless you just want a half cock notch. Sounds to me like all you need is an action job, will usually costs about half what those conversion parts will and the result will be better anyway.

    Try a new, reduced power trigger spring first. With the "Poorboy's trigger job", you can feel the leg of the spring rubbing against the hammer spring. Springs are cheap, get a new one.

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