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Steel Ejector Housing & Wolff Springs for Blackhawks

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by jsmosby, Aug 26, 2007.

  1. jsmosby

    jsmosby Active Member

    I noticed that Ruger offers, as an accessory, steel ejector housing parts for Ruger New Model Blackhawks. I have the following questions:

    [1] What would be the advantage of replacing the factory-installed aluminum ejector housing with a steel ejector housing? Does it help reduce muzzle flip? Would it disturb the overall balance of the gun?

    [2] I have two choices for a steel ejector housing replacement part: 4" or 5". How would I know which one to pick? (I have Blackhawks with a 7 1/2" barrel; a 5 1/2" barrel; and a 4 5/8" barrel).

    Separately, I understand that Wolff hammer and triggers springs can be installed in Blackhawks.

    [3] Is there any advantage in doing this as opposed to getting an "action job" done on the factory springs?
  2. Jim March

    Jim March Well-Known Member

    Welll...some people do this for cosmetic reasons: the color on the aluminum part more or less never perfectly matches the barrel. And the anodized finish tends to wear; a shiny end from holster wear is real common.

    Others do it to put more weight out at the muzzle. Which they do either for recoil control, or because they prefer shooting a "muzzle heavy" feeling gun - tends to give you more stability, less "front sight shake" while lining up for the shot, but it's not as nice at "fast swinging" to the target or among multiple targets.

    There's one good technical reason for keeping the aluminum housing.

    On recoil, the screw holding the end of the ejector in wants to yank out...and sometimes does. An aluminum housing puts less stress on that screw.

    The difference is minor. And a lost ejector screw doesn't actually tie the gun up in a fight, or while defending against something hairy, mean and charging :).

    But to a small degree, an aluminum-ejector gun is more reliable.
  3. highlander 5

    highlander 5 Well-Known Member

    I have a Ruger Bisley that has Wolff springs installed with no action work done and it makes a world of difference in the trigger pull. I believe I had 40 oz springs installed. On my one blued Ruger SA I replaced the ejector with a steel part looks better but not much else

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