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Old January 31, 2016, 01:14 AM   #1
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Which Blackhawk is your favorite?

I've been thinking about getting a single-action revolver, probably a Ruger Blackhawk, for a range toy. Which chambering/barrel length is your favorite and why? Are the convertibles worth the extra money?
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Old January 31, 2016, 01:15 AM   #2
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I love my Super Blackhawk 7 1/2" in .44 Mag, cause it's accurate and easy to shoot...
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Old January 31, 2016, 01:25 AM   #3
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I'd get the 357/9mm convertible with the 4.62 barrel.

Personally I think the convertibles are worth it.

I think I prefer the 4.62 barrel for the ease of holstering and handling but that purely a personal choice.

The following my detailed review of my 1st hand experience of the one that I dont own but have always wanted


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Old January 31, 2016, 01:45 AM   #4
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Haven't shot it yet but I just snagged a 10.5" super Blackhawk in 44Mag
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Old January 31, 2016, 02:13 AM   #5
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I like the 6 1/2" .357 in blued condition.
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Old January 31, 2016, 02:15 AM   #6
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Yes, the convertibles are worth the extra money.
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Old January 31, 2016, 02:18 AM   #7
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Have a bunch but my current favorite is the 10mm / 38-40
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Old January 31, 2016, 02:27 AM   #8
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Super Blackhawk 45 Colt 7.5 barrel

I like my 45 Colt Black Hawk with 7.5 barrel. I'm able to make over a dozen different loads for different applications. It is great at target shooting, able to hold 1" groups at 100 yards off bags. I think it is the best all round gun to have.

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Old January 31, 2016, 02:37 AM   #9
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This one. 7 1/2" barrel, 45 Colt and 45 ACP cylinders. It is the only New Model Blackhawk I own.

I bought it brand-spanky new in 1975 for the then princely sum of $125. Didn't really want the 45 ACP cylinder, I only planned to shoot 45 Colt out of it. But that was the only one available, so I bought it with both cylinders. Eventually I did use the ACP cylinder. But yes, the convertibles are definitely worth the cost of the extra cylinder, particularly if you can find 45 ACP ammo cheap.

I also have several older Three Screw Blackhawks.
44 Magnum Flat Top Three Screw.

357 Magnum Flat Top Three Screw.

357 Magnum Three Screw.

But my favorite is still the 45 Colt/45 ACP convertible.
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Old January 31, 2016, 02:51 AM   #10
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After handling and shooting one I'd like to get a 3 screw model. The one I tried (A 41 magnum ) felt more precision as far as operating the action and trigger versus my New Model experiences. I have a convertible New Model 45 that I shoot a great deal with both cartridges and enjoy.
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Old January 31, 2016, 04:35 AM   #11
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Ok, I'll bite. I vote for the .30 Carbine Blackhawk. It's a constant companion of mine at my range, along with my S&W .45 Colt. Also, because the Blackhawk is built like a tank, I feel free to experiment with powders, weights and types, and bullets, weights and types.

In addition, it's remarkably accurate. I witness my son-in-law keep a dozen rounds in a group with a 5" radius with iron sights at 40 yrds. Incredible!
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Old January 31, 2016, 06:06 AM   #12
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I got a 4 5/8" blackhawk in 357 with the 9mm cylinder last year and i have not looked back on the choice at all. Perfect packing size, great accuracy with both cylinders, points like the hand of god, and between the 3 calibers i can shoot in it the versatility is great. If you think at all that you would use it, get the conversion. If you don;t reload they can save you a lot of money in the long run even being able to load up cheap 38s I still find myself using the 9mm cylinder every now and then.
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Old January 31, 2016, 06:30 AM   #13
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For a range toy I like the longer barrel. I have a 7.5" 45acp/45colt convertible and a 6.5" 357. I think the convertibles are an excellent choice. I use the 45acp cylinder a lot. I would have liked a 357/9mm convertible, but I got such a good deal on a used non convertible that I couldn't turn it down. They are both terrific range toys and its hard to pick a favorite between them. They are both very accurate and fun to shoot.

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Old January 31, 2016, 06:45 AM   #14
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I have a .357 with the 4 inch barrel that is a hoot to shoot...

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Old January 31, 2016, 09:00 AM   #15
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My favorite Blackhawk is my Flattop .44 Special with American Holly Wood grips.

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Old January 31, 2016, 12:13 PM   #16
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I like shorter barrels, they balance better for me. I also like stainless steel for corrosion resistance and appearance. My last preference is for .45 caliber.

And since I don't like laminated grips this one hits all the marks. I am looking to replace the grips though with something unusual. Haven't seen what I want yet, but looking.
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Old January 31, 2016, 12:15 PM   #17
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One of my worst trades ever involved me loosing a .357/9mm combo 6.5 inch.

It was not as accurate with the 9mm cylinder, but as accurate as several 9x19mm Auto loaders at the time. The ability to shoot .38 SPL, .357 Mag, and para in the same handgun was something of a lower case survivalist dream.

I still have a short .45 Colt/ ACP that seems to like both equally.

I will say the .45 was my favorite because I kept it, but it was a hard choice.

It is nice to shoot faux magnum .45 Colt loads in the same revolver I can also shoot up those .45 ACP 185 grain match I loaded too lightly to work a 1911 on occasion.

A wish IDA would be the .30 Carbine. When I was young and foolish however I could not get around that small bore size, even though I had plenty of .30 Carbine ammo. I always wondered why Ruger never offered a ".32 anything" cylinder for the .30 Carbine BH. Should have been no trick to make a cylinder to handle .32 S&W, .32S&W Long, .32 ACP, .32 H&R Magnum and .327 magnum with leads in the individual chambers to swage down the ones with .312 bullets just as some adapters do for .308 bored rifles.

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Old January 31, 2016, 12:48 PM   #18
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If I had no Blackhawks and were going to get a new one, I'd get one of the mid-frame 4 5/8" flat-tops in either .44Spl or the .45 convertible.
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Old January 31, 2016, 01:34 PM   #19
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I have both Black Hawks,and a Single-Six.the .357 and .44 are are great and very accurate.I shoot bowling pins at 100 yards from a rest and hit them almost every time. The Super Black Hawk has almost 3, 5 gallon buckets of wheel weights threw it,and still locks up factory tight.Great revolvers !!!!!!!!!!! hdbiker
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Old January 31, 2016, 02:03 PM   #20
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My Ruger Bisley Blackhawk in .41 Mag.
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Old January 31, 2016, 02:12 PM   #21
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I like my stainless 44 special 4 5/8" with elk horn grips.
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Old January 31, 2016, 02:18 PM   #22
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I have a 4 5/8" SBH .44 and while it is a fine handgun, stoutly built and able to handle any situation on the NA continent, if I was buying my first again, I would opt for a stainless. 357 with 5.5" barrel.
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Old January 31, 2016, 02:57 PM   #23
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I like the .357 myself, something shorter than the 7.5in.

The .327mag in the Single Seven is neat also. Can shoot 32S&W, 32S&W Long, and 32H&R Mag. I think 32ACP also but that is sometimes a bit tricky.
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Old January 31, 2016, 03:47 PM   #24
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Someone way up the thread said "the length is personal". I'll second that.

I've had 4 3/4" guns. Both 32/20 (little hole = heavy barrel) and 45 Colt (big hole = lighter barrel). Neither felt right. Balance was off. I've got a few 7 1/2, and a few 6 1/2 (Ruger makes strange sizes), but the greatest amount of my single actions are 5 1/2".

Have them in 22 and also in 45. Does not matter. Balance fine in MY HAND. Have plowhandle grips and Ruger Bisley grips. Does not matter. Fine in MY HAND.

So for barrel length, you need to handle a few. Shooting them would be better than just handling in the store. It sucks to lose money, when you sell the guns you don't like 'cause you bought the wrong barrel length.

As to convertibles - I had a 4 5/8 Ruger 45. Didn't like it. Sold it off. Did not shoot the ACP cylinder enough to decide whether it was a good thing or not.

Got several 22 convertibles. Owned LR/Magnum guns since 1980. I bought, around 1981, two boxes of Maxi Mags. One has never been opened, and the other is more than half full. I believe I've only put the magnum cylinder in one of the pistols I've owned that were convertible. I've never seen the need to convert 'em.

If you're worried about ammo drying up, then having a gun that would shoot more than one kind can be a good thing. My magnum guns that can shoot specials. My 32 H&Rs that can shoot 32 S&W. Good things to have. Especially if, like me, you're paranoid.
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Old January 31, 2016, 05:11 PM   #25
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4.625" barrel and a 45 cal. chamber. can't comment on the convertible guns.


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