Favorite Single Action Ruger??

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  1. 451 Detonics

    451 Detonics Member

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    Of the currently available models (won't get into how the old three screw are better) I would look for one of the flat top 44 Special models made for Lipsey's. Mine shoots like a dream and is easily the most accurate SA I have ever owned. Of course they don't look as pretty as mine does from the factory but they still shoot just as well. (takes a trip to Turnbulls to look this good)

    http://www.lipseys.com/itemdetail.aspx?itemno=RUNVB44SPCL&mfg=Ruger&family=Blackhawk+Series&model=Blackhawk+Flattop&type=Revolver&caliber=44+Special

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  2. PO2Hammer

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    Very nice!
     
  3. 357 Terms

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    Wow! I always knew i loved them but NOW! I am I am overwhelmed!
     
  4. SharpsDressedMan

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    I CAN'T DECIDE!!! :banghead: Ruger 50th Flattop .44 Mag, .44 Special Flattop, and New Vaquero Sheriff .44 Special.
     
  5. whetrock

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    My favorite SA Ruger would have to be the Single-Six it's an excellent training aid, plinker, and small game gun mine has the super long and cool 9.5 inch barrel and shoots like a dream also the longer barrel while unwieldy in certain circumstances provides the 22LR with a bit more velocity.
     
  6. Gary A

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    It is probably appropriate to make somewhat of a case for my pick of a 4 5/8 inch Blackhawk .45 convertible. It is big enough to shoot well and small enough to carry well. In both standard 45 Colt and 45 acp it is easy shooting and accurate while delivering respectable power at subsonic levels. Being built on the large frame it is amply strong for quite powerful 45 Colt loads and certainly can handle 45 acp +p producing .357 level power with ease. Although It's aluminum grip frame and ejector rod housing might make it a tad light for the most powerful loadings, they make its weight and balance nearly perfect in my opinion for the more common everyday loads. It seems to me to be a near perfect balance of size, weight, strength, power, and balance. On top of all that, it is reasonably priced. While factory 45 Colt loadings are prohibitively expensive, 45 acp hardball is as reasonable as any centerfire round falling generally between the cost of 38 Special and that of 357 Magnum. What's not to like?
     
  7. 451 Detonics

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    The 45 convertible would be my second choice, especially for the handloader as the barrel requires a larger bullet in 45 ACP to achieve the accuracy of the 45 Colt. The barrel was made to shoot .454 diameter bullets rather than the .451 which most 45 ACP loadings use. Of course only a target shooter will see much difference in most cases.

    My OM three screw convertible is next on the list to go to Turnbull's to be purtyfied. It too will have a new steel grip frame fit as well as a steel ejector rod housing, these are needed so the bluing looks right. I have owned the OM since I was 14, it was the first handgun that was "mine", not one of Dad's I would borrow. It is first year production for the 45 convertible.

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  8. Specs

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    I have the Blackhawk 4 5/8 357/ 9mm combo,. and I agree with an earlier post. Most flexible and fun there is.
     
  9. TXHORNS

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    451: Those are extremely nice, I'd be real happy owning either of those. Something about those 4 5/8" barrels blows my skirt up big time.

    I think I may need both the 45 Colt convertible and 44 Special when its all said and done. Big fan of both those calibers.

    They certainly aren't messing around with price when you get to the OM's! Dang!
     
  10. kludge

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    :eek: Dude! I think someone took a blow torch to your gun!

    ;)

    Are there grips and a front sight in your future?
     
  11. TXHORNS

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    I'm also a little surprised that the Super Blackhawk in 44 mag didn't get much love. I'm a sucker for 44 Special but I thought 44mag had a bigger following.

    For those that praise the 357/9mm combo, I'm tempted to try it but my 357's usually get benched in favor of 44 Special or 45 Colt, the recoil on a 44 Special simply makes my heart sing. Is the benefit of the 9mm cylinder over shooting 38 Special based on price? I must say I've never fired 9mm or 45acp in a revolver but I'm very interested.
     
  12. chez323

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    Blackhawk without a doubt!

    Iv'e got 2, one in 357 magnum and the other a 44 magnum. They are a blast to shoot, accurate and reliable. As for me, the Bisely grips just weren't working. But that's a personal choice only you can make. Good luck and happy shopping! Below is a pic of my two........

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    Since I don't reload I find that the 9 is cheaper to use than 38 spec. The other factor here is that if 38/357 ammo gets scarce I still have a 9mm revolver. One gun goes from the hottest 357 mag to the lightest 38 spec or 9mm. Very handy if you have other 9mm and 357 guns, and within each caliber there is a wide latitude of performance, so I have an inventory of different configurations of the same caliber rounds which allows me to select an appropriate loading for just about any purpose.
     
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    So are the Lipseys flat top 44 Specials of high interest because of the smaller (older style) frame?
     
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    Not sure I could pick which of these is the favorite. Each one has it's own appeal:

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    The 7-1/2" is rare enough and shoots good enough to be considered special.

    The 6-1/2" is a duplicate of the first 44 Mag I ever owned so it's special too.

    The 4-5/8" is the gun Ruger should have built back then but never did, one I always wanted and finally built.

    Dave
     
  16. TXHORNS

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    Very nice Dave!
     
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    The Lipsey's Models, and the 50th Anniversary Flattops have the old original frame size, which is very close to the Colt SAA. Many people prefer the feel, so it does enhance these Rugers. It was part of the attraction to me, as was the now, "hidden" warning (under the barrel), the 6.5" of the Anniversary .44 Mag Flattop, and, of course, the availability of the .44 Special in guns that are just the right size for it (not as heavy as the old Vaqueros, etc).
     
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    "The 4-5/8" is the gun Ruger should have built back then but never did, one I always wanted and finally built.

    Dave "

    That one in the pitcher ain't it?
     
  19. TXHORNS

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    SharpsDressedMan: I'll buy a 44 Special Flattop if you do :evil:
     
  20. kimbershot

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    just picked up a pristine used ruger super blackhawk bisley hunter model. haven't had a sa for a long time but just could pass this puppy up. i reload so it's gonna be mild to wild with cast bullets. is it my favorite??? well it's my only and i know i will be a happy camper.:D
     
  21. camar

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    I can not choose. I have a Single-Six, .357 Black Hawk, .41 Mag. Black Hawk, and a .44 Mag. Black Hawk all with either 6" and 7 1/2 " bbls. No way could I pick.

    336A I have the same .41 Mag. as you. Please don't store it in the holster. The tanic acid in the leather will wear off the bluing.
     
  22. 1911Tuner

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    Always been partial to Blackhawks...as ugly as they are...but lately, I've gotten real fond of the pair of New Vaqueros that I picked up. (.45 Colt, of course.)

    I was just woofin' about Blackhawks bein' ugly. ;)
     
  23. bannockburn

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    I have always been partial to the Single Six as a great beginners gun for single action shooting. Beyond that I'm very happy with my Blackhawk in .357 (three screw model), my new .44 Special Flattop, and my Vaquero in .45LC (old model).
     
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    The PC kit is an excellent solution. While it is not quite as appealing as an Old Model it is a huge improvement over the regular New Model lockwork. The only other way to achieve this, as far as I know, is to have Jim Stroh to his half cock conversion. He reworks the existing parts.
     
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    Actually not the one pictured but it's companion piece, a 4.5" barrel three screw .45 Colt convertible with minor modification. It's my favorite outdoor holster gun by far. This 7.5" 3-screw .45 is stock and accurate. The 4.5" gun has taken lots of small game but nothing larger.
     
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