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Help with Ruger Blackhawk selection.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Genetologist, Aug 24, 2011.

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  1. Genetologist

    Genetologist Member

    Aug 24, 2011
    Revolvers have always been my cup of tea and lately I have become more and more enamored with Single Actions. I seem to be perplexed though with two different choices.

    First some facts. I am choosing the Ruger New Model Blackhawk to be the platform I want. 90% of the gun's shooting will be for target practice and possible Cowboy Action Shooting in the future, and 10% deer hunting at 50 yards of less.

    I am torn between the 6.5" .357 magnum, 7.5" .45 Colt, or the 5.5" .45 Colt with a swapable .45 ACP cylinder.

    My situation regarding the .357 mag is that my father already has a lot of .38 special brass that I can reload for cheap target practice.

    I regards for the .45 Colt I would be completely starting a new caliber, so have no brass or bullets to start with for reloading. Not a huge concern but less cost per round equals more rounds to shoot.

    When it comes to deer hunting I know that both will get the job done, but I'm also liking the fact that the .45 colt can get the job done at a lower velocity, so less muzzleflash and noise. Then again would this really be something that I even notice when actually hunting? Hard to say.

    Also with the .45 Colt would you deem the 7.5" barrel to unwieldy, or would I even notice the extra 1" over the 6.5" .357 mag? I've handle the .357 and found it to be very comfortable and handle well. The convertible .45 ACP doesn't come in the 7.5" variety, but does in a 5.5" barrel. I like the idea of being able to shoot .45 ACP as well with it, and have heard good reports of it being quite accurate in these guns. However would I notice a significant increase in noise and muzzleflash over the 7.5" barrel? Would it only become an issue in hotter loads?

    I plan on reloading so ammo availability isn't a concern of mine. Another question is since the .45 Colt case is so big are there any powder burning problems in milder loads with so much empty space?

    Also the recoil of each isn't an issue for me. I find the .357 to be "snappier" with more barrel rise, but the increased velocity does make for a nicer trajectory. The .45 seemed to be like a slow push backwards. In your opinion would the difference in trajectory even become an issue when shots will be kept within 50 yards? The only time I will try long shots will be when punching paper so misses aren't a big deal.

    So good people of the boards what would be your recommendations and why given the parameters I've given?
  2. 38sp4life

    38sp4life Member

    Jul 3, 2011
    Rhode Island
    Well hello genetologist. I would recomend a Ruger super blackhawk 44 in 7 1/2" barrel. It will give you a kick in 44 mag. cartridge but lesser a kick in 44 special. I shoot 240 gr.mag. and love it. Yes there is a kick but for the range you can shoot it and grow use to it. But for hunting I would go for the heavier grain and magnum. I just want to say you need to experiment with what makes you feel " just right " .Enjoy....:)
  3. PO2Hammer

    PO2Hammer Member

    Nov 30, 2003
    .45 Colt gives far more recoil in a standard Blackhawk than does the .357, nothing painful, but much more muzzle rise.

    .357 is very tame in a Blackhawk.
  4. MCMXI

    MCMXI Member

    Jul 1, 2008
    NW Montana
    Genetologist, welcome to THR!!

    I would recommend a Bisley grip in whatever you buy, particularly if you're going to load some hot/heavy ammunition. Also, I'd rather shoot .45 ACP out of one cylinder and .45 Colt out of the other as compared to shooting .38 Spl out of a .357 Mag cylinder ... too much cleaning for my liking, especially if you practice with lead. I like the 5-1/2" barrel length but also like the 4-3/4" barrel too.

    I only use two powders for .45 Colt ... Trail Boss (which is perfect for light loads) and H110 which is perfect for heavy/hot loads.
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