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327 Birdshead

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by 45Frank, Jan 30, 2010.

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  1. 45Frank

    45Frank Member

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    I kind of like the birdshead grip. I've seen some after market add-ons in a few magazines.
    Do these things usually fit or are they just a waste of money ?
    Really would like a Ruger 327 in stainless or nickel with a birdshead.
     
  2. MikeJackmin

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    I have no personal experience with this, but I have heard that Ruger grip frames usually have to be fitted, it's not a drop-in replacement.
     
  3. cz85cmbt

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    Depends greatly on the company you buy them from, best thing would be to look on midway and see if they have your grips and any customer reviews.
     
  4. Big Bill

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    I don't think they make a revolver in this configuration. They used to make several Bird's Head models, but discontinued them. I think Uberti makes one however.

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    http://www.e-gun.net/more.asp?gid=20362&gun=revolver
     
  5. 45Frank

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    I have a .32 H&R mag. birdshead, Ruger.

    The add I seen was in a midway catalog.
     
  6. Stainz

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    I started with a .45 Colt 4.6" SS black Micarta BHG-ed Vaquero - added a .32 H&RM SSM, a .357 Magnum, and even a .44 Magnum - all 4.6", SS, & black Micarta BHG. Actually, I had to make the .44 Magnum from a new 4.6" SS SBH and a QPR BHG frame 'in the rough'. It wasn't just the fitting - lots of file time - I also had to buy a few parts - trigger spring and pins, for example. The end result was a 'one of a kind':

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    I couldn't get it to chamber the .458 Lott. It did chamber .44 Russians and Specials quite well - and was a delight to shoot them in as well. Now, real Magnums were a different story - the 'roll' of that ball-like grip was hard to hold still - the rotation often ended with the muzzle aimed skyward - and the hammer spur in your hand. All of them are gone now - the SBH owner was glad I saved the original gripframe - and had altered it in 'familiar' fashion with rounded corners - making what I referred to as my 'Elmer Fudd #5'. The BHGs were fun - but fell victim to the Ruger Purge here in '08.

    Stainz

    PS The fitting was tedious - but certainly not high tech. I believe the Ruger BHGs and shortened BH frames fell victim to the 'locking hammer spring strut' - which is too large to fit in their constrained places, making them gone for good - or until they drop the lock.
     
  7. Surefire

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    The Birdshead grip is IMO cute looking, but also for me feels weird in the hand. Don't like the feel of the grip.

    Make mine a Bisley, which for me feels GREAT and looks good.

    Wish Ruger would offer more Bisley style grips.
     
  8. ManOfManyGuns

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    I'm a big fan of the birdshead grips. On either the colt thunderer or the ruger vaquero and single six's. The 32 mags are so nice with that grip setup and so much fun to shoot. I'm sad they discontinued them, as I'd love to have a pair, but there are still some new ones floating around on gunbroker.
     
  9. Olympus

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    I've always been drawn to the birdshead grips as well, but purely aesthetically. I've never held one or shot one so I don't know how they feel. But I thought I was the only one that liked them. I've been drooling over those Beretta Stampede Marshalls for a long time.
     
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