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Old April 27, 2016, 11:44 PM   #1
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1964 Ruger Super Blackhawk

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This followed me home last Sunday after I bailed 'er out of the California 10-day (waiting period) jail. I haven't taken it to the range yet but plan to this week. I finally had some time to give it a once-over, an oiling and a wipe down. She's a pretty clean piece!







I've already run it some, using A-Zoom snap caps (load one, skip one, load four then drop the hammer on the empty chamber) for some grip time and some dry fire. Agh. This is a magnificent revolver. Can't wait to have it roll in my hands from some ignition. The Model 1892 in the third image is a Miroku-made-for Browning and chambered in .44 Magnum. That, too, is a true joy to shoot!

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Old April 28, 2016, 12:13 AM   #2
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Congrats on a great buy! One super nice Super Blackhawk! Makes for a great .44 magnum combo with your Browning Model 92.
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Old April 28, 2016, 12:17 AM   #3
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The very first handgun I ever bought was a ruger sbh in that configuration for 350 back in 2012! Was a sweet and accurate thing good job on acquiring one!
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Old April 28, 2016, 12:36 AM   #4
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Looks great!
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Old April 28, 2016, 01:48 AM   #5
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Hey, thanks, Shane. Thanks Bannockburn, Barry.

Shane, I did install that Monogrip. Left it on for two days then removed it for the factory walnut. I'm going to shoot it first with the OGs.

Like you said, earlier, elsewhere, "eyesore". Heh.



But I'll be danged if the Hogues don't work on the S&W!

The happy marriage of the great Hogue grip on many of the great Smith & Wesson models is the only reason I could stomach the installation on the Ruger in the first place. Eeesh.

Hogue also offers a faux-ivory polymer grip panel... https://www.hogueinc.com/store/produ...er-panels/5569
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Old April 28, 2016, 01:55 AM   #6
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I hear ya, I had an SP101 a long time ago, and the Hogue looked and worked great on it too.

On the SBH, oh it works, but not very easy on the eyes.....grin
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Old April 28, 2016, 08:45 AM   #7
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Single action revolver cylinder indexing

Old models. I skipped the process, till the firing pin hit the very edge of the primer. Very scary. Glad it didnt fire. Nice Ruger SBH.
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Old April 28, 2016, 08:58 AM   #8
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Nice pistol and that's a good companion for that carbine.
Way back in 1971(ish?) the first big bore pistol that I'd ever shot was a Ruger 44 mag up at the Ukiah gun club in Northern California.
Nice lamp collection on the work bench BTW...
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Old April 28, 2016, 10:36 AM   #9
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A friend of mine has a Super Blackhawk and the second thing he did after firing it the first time was he replaced the grips. He bought a pair of over sized walnut stocks from Mustang Grips (company has been gone for quite some time), and they do a great job of taming felt recoil and muzzle rise. Found a couple of them on Gunbroker (#554757033 and #541040765), that look a lot like the ones my friend has on his gun.
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Old April 28, 2016, 12:11 PM   #10
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...load one, skip one, load four then drop the hammer on an empty chamber.
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I should have clarified that once the fifth round is loaded, the hammer is drawn from it's half-cock loading position to full cock which then advances and indexes the cylinder, then the hammer is lowered onto the empty chamber.

To be certain, however, I also performed the procedure according to your quoted image text and achieved identical results. Thank you for the heads up!



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Found a couple of them on Gunbroker (#554757033 and #541040765), that look a lot like the ones my friend has on his gun.
Thank you for looking for and finding those! Lowrdy, they're as massive or moreso than the Hogue! I cannot argue that they work to mitigate recoil. I'll wear some shooting gloves when shooting the SBH the first time. If I find that the SBH "Dragoon" grip frame and trigger guard shapes tend to damage the digits, I'll simply install the rubber Hogue.

I'd like the ivory polymer grip panels that Hogue offers as the gun's formalwear.
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Old April 28, 2016, 02:09 PM   #11
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Beautiful old 3 screw.

Just put these "bonded ivory" grip panels on my new SBH - $28 plus shipping from Altamont. They look & feel like the real thing, not plastic.

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Old April 28, 2016, 09:56 PM   #12
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Awesome find! Mine is from 1971.
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Old April 28, 2016, 11:06 PM   #13
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Beautiful old 3 screw.

Just put these "bonded ivory" grip panels on my new SBH - $28 plus shipping from Altamont. They look & feel like the real thing, not plastic.
I have a few with ivory and one with altamont fake ivory. There is no confusing the two. Ivory is ivory. The Altamont might be a decent substitute as long as you arent looking at the grain or expecting the same grip feel but the Altamont bonded ivory is in no way in the same league as real ivory.
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Old April 28, 2016, 11:41 PM   #14
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Ivory is ivory. The Altamont might be a decent substitute as long as you arent looking at the grain or expecting the same grip feel but the Altamont bonded ivory is in no way in the same league as real ivory.

That the Altamont bonded 'ivory' does not compare to the real thing is noted, however in this day and age, sadly, with the intense scrutiny any and all made-of-ivory objects receive and the ban on new importation... who needs the hassle?

Since I've never previously owned any ivory handgun grip panels, I'd rather stay away from the potential problems associated with their acquisition.

Oh, and, guess what. I live in California.

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California Becomes Third U.S. State to Ban Ivory Trade

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With a quick stroke of his pen, California’s Gov. Brown signed into law yesterday AB 96, thus eliminating the third largest ivory market in the country and joining New York and New Jersey in banning intrastate ivory trade. The bill passed the State Senate by a vote of 26-14 and the State Assembly by a vote of 62-14 earlier this month.

The bill contains limited exceptions for antique musical instruments that have proper documentation showing they’re old and antique objects comprised of less than 5 percent ivory, as the vast majority of the illegal ivory trade involves objects made entirely or almost entirely of ivory. Scientific and educational institutions will also continue to be able to buy and sell ivory with certain restrictions.
http://ecowatch.com/2015/10/05/calif...n-ivory-trade/

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Old April 29, 2016, 12:28 AM   #15
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Made it to the local indoor range today with the SBH and 18 rounds (left over from a Marlin lever jam) of .44 Magnum American Eagle 240 gr [semi-] jacketed hollowpoints, just to see what the single-action magnum monster was really like. I also brought along 50 rounds of LAX Ammunition Factory New 240 gr 44 Special travelling [Edit: 976] fps, a very pleasant round to shoot from the Super Blackhawk. The magnums were rather lively. Here're the first five shots of the 240 gr mags to 10 yards offhand:







In this third picture, the target was again at 10 yards:
Target zone #2 - 18 rounds .44 Magnum
Target zone #1 - 10 rounds .44 Special
Target zone #3 - 20 rds .38 Special Model 60-15 double action practice


First time shooting this Super Blackhawk. The remaining 40 rounds of .44 Special were used at 3 yds, 5 yds and 10 yds on other targets, trading time with 50 rds of .38 Special, 30 rds of .38 Special +P and 20 rounds .357 Magnum ball through the S&W 3" J-frame.

I could shoot this .44 Special through the Blackhawk all day... the way Max P shoots .480 LOL. Seriously, though, it was a real treat.

I'm ready for more, that's for sure!

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Old April 29, 2016, 07:24 AM   #16
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A friend of mine has a Super Blackhawk and the second thing he did after firing it the first time was he replaced the grips. He bought a pair of over sized walnut stocks from Mustang Grips (company has been gone for quite some time), and they do a great job of taming felt recoil and muzzle rise. Found a couple of them on Gunbroker (#554757033 and #541040765), that look a lot like the ones my friend has on his gun.
The Mustangs are the single ugliest grips one can possibly put on an SBH...Neither of the ones you link to are Mustangs...

This is a set of Mustang Grips that was given to me a few years back:

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The Mustangs are the single ugliest grips one can possibly put on an SBH...Neither of the ones you link to are Mustangs...

This is a set of Mustang Grips that was given to me a few years back:

Sweet Zombie Jesus! Those are funky!
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Old April 29, 2016, 11:45 AM   #18
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Please note that I said the grips on Gunbroker (I believe they were imported by Sile), looked like the Mustang grips my friend had, not that they were the same grips. The ones you have look absolutely nothing like the pair on my friend's Super Blackhawk. I will see if I can find a photo of them.
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Old April 29, 2016, 02:00 PM   #19
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Found this photo in an old gun magazine. Don't know who the manufacturer was but this is essentially what my friend's grips look like. No finger grooves and with some kind of flat top diamond checkering so that they're very comfortable to shoot with.

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I think that the Super Blackhawk is an excellent firearm.
With my reloads it's very accurate and I've killed six deer with it.
No glass on it of course.
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Old April 29, 2016, 04:17 PM   #21
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I take that back. Now that I see those on the gun, they don't look so bad. Sure, they're huge, but they're better-proportioned than the rubber Monogrip; more in style with the originals' shape.

Thanks again, bannockburn, for showing these to us.

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Old April 29, 2016, 04:29 PM   #22
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That's what so impressed with me with my friend's grips; they weren't too large or over sized (I would know because I have small hands), and that they did a great job of spreading out the recoil shooting .44 Magnum loads.

Now finding a pair might be another story though I found several grips (imported from Italy by Siles), that looked very similar to the Mustang grips.
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Old April 29, 2016, 09:48 PM   #23
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Spent some considerable time over on Gunbr0ker this afternoon... and outside of some $400 stag and $30 white polymer stuff, everything else was of the factory walnut or huge and ill-proportioned special needs grips.

I've discovered I can shoot about 20 rounds of magnum with the stock grips in between 50 rounds of .44 Special... so rather than mount up some eyesore I might just Bisley-ize the grip and trigger instead. The jury is still out on that one. In the meantime, I'll probably go for some semi-vintage Ajax ivory fauxs.
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I think that the Super Blackhawk is an excellent firearm.
With my reloads it's very accurate and I've killed six deer with it.
No glass on it of course.
Of course!

Zeke, sorry I overlooked your earlier post. Thanks for the good word, and, nice shootin'! on your part...

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The first year that I owned the revolver, I looked at it , holstered, on my bunk in the pre- dawn hours and decided not to carry it into the woods.
That morning, I killed a buck , with my pre-war "06 emerging from a laurel patch, at a range of about 15 yards.
I've been kicking myself ever since.
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