Custom jobs for Blackhawks

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  1. jski

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    Ruger has concluded my .30 Carbine Blackhawk is irreparable and is sending me a new Blackhawk replacement. Hence, my interest in custom jobs for Blackhawks.

    I just read an article in American Handgunner about a custom job on a .327 mag Blackhawk. This was a Mag-na-port custom job. Looked great but don't know what it cost?

    A custom trigger job sounds good but I'm uncertain about the merits of porting. I must admit their custom finish on the ironworks did look good.

    Any ideas? Is there a better shop for this purpose?
     
  2. WestKentucky

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    The triggers in almost anything Ruger is pretty simple to clean up. There are decent how-to videos all over the YouTube site. The Blackhawk trigger is amongst the easiest. Have fun, go slow, and don't make it too light or you will lose primer ignition reliability.
     
  3. LeonCarr

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    Mag-Na-Port does excellent work and has been doing single action revolver work for around 40 years.

    IME porting does reduce muzzle flip, especially with heavier loads, and makes the handgun recoil more straight back instead of up and straight back, reducing felt recoil.

    I used to have a T/C Contender in .45-70 that was a beast with anything above trapdoor loads. When shooting it off the bench it felt like it was trying to drive my hands down through the bench top :). After 4 port Magnaporting, it quit doing that.

    Just my .02,
    LeonCarr
     
  4. MaxP

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    There are a number of custom revolver builders out there who can fulfill your wishes. Not sure Magnaporting is necessary when the inherent recoil is low to start with.
     
  5. highlander 5

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    I have a Ruger SRH that I sent to MagNaPort to have it ported,action job and have a Bisley grip frame,trigger and hammer as I recall all that work was $250-$300. This was a 4 4/8" barrel and with the porting it tamed recoil quite a bit.
     
  6. Hanshi

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    I've never found the triggers on any of the BlackHawks to need any work and that includes many that have shared my abode. They sometimes benefit from some sort of "trigger overtravel stop" on the rear of the trigger guard but I've never found them necessary. Understand, now, that I'm speaking of the OM 3-screw models. I have experience with the 2 pin transfer bar models as well, but that experience is limited.
     
  7. the Real Alpo

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    I'm sorry. I must be misunderstanding.

    You put a Bisley grip, hammer and trigger on a DOUBLE ACTION revolver?
     
  8. aka108

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    I own two Ruger Blackhawk convertibles. One is 45LC/45ACP and one in 357mag/9mm. I have only shot them in 45ACP and 9mm. using light loads. eitherhave any excessive recoil and the triggers are not bad at all. I do not think any mods I might do to either handgun would improve their accuracy in my hands so the money spend would not give me any reurns. I love shooting handguns but am not the world's greatest shot and I won't be bringing home any candy bars as prizs.
     
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    I looked back into several [of your] posts to see what happened to it, but no joy.
    Can you share with us other 30 Carbine shooters ?
     
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    I have had 2 SBH pistols in my lifetime. One was a New Model with the trigger/hammer block safety. Terrible trigger. Bad Gun.

    My favorite was the original 3-screw with the four-click hammer. Awesome pistol. Trigger break like glass. My eyes are too bad these days to shoot a .44 Mag at 100 yards, but it worked back in the day and my son now owns it. It has never been converted to the factory "safe" mode. I used to reload using H110 under a Speer 240 gr jacketed semi-wadcutter for bear loads when I lived in Alaska.

    Just reminiscing folks.

    Jim
     
  11. jski

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    MEHarvey, I sent the .30 Carbine Blackhawk back to Ruger simply because on 1 chamber the cylinder failed to completely lock when the hammer was pulled back. There's was movement / play in the cylinder on that chamber.
     
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    If I wished to Bisley-ize this puppy, any suggestions on where I might find the parts?
     
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    Real alpo,Oops sorry that should be a SBH and 4 5/8 " barrel.
     
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    Alan Harton of Single Action Service in Houston, TX does great custom work on Blackhawks.
     
  16. MaxP

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    I would contact Jack Huntington (775/355-6898). He's priced better than most, he is faster than most, and frankly, his work is second to none IMHO.
     
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    So, are you getting another .30 Carbine Blackhawk or something else? If you Mag-Na-Port a .30 Carbine that's gonna be one loud combination.
     
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    I'm a BIG fan of the .30 Carbine Blackhawk, so I'm not looking elsewhere. But that's my concern, what are the consequences of doing this. It's been my experience the .30 Carbine Blackhawk has about the same muzzle flash and muzzle blast as my .357 Blackhawk .. using my reloads with the same change (14-15 gr. of Hodgdon H110) for both. So I assume I'd get the same results venting either.
     
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    For sure if you're reloading for it then you control the flash and bang, it's the factory ammo with rifle powder that gets the .30 Carbine the reputation in the Blackhawk. I honestly don't think you'd gain a lot in porting a .30 Carbine as the recoil just isn't that stiff but you would notice a difference. My only ported gun is a .44 Mag and with full pressure loads it does make a noticeable difference in muzzle rise. The deal with ports is the higher the pressure the more effect you get. My only complaint on porting is the crap that gets on the front sight, I shoot mainly lead which builds up on the sight base and it's a bear to get off.
     
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    I think I've been sufficiently dissuaded from pursuing this misadventure.
     
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