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New (to me) Ruger .45 Convertible in stainless

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by RidgwayCO, Jul 14, 2010.

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  1. RidgwayCO

    RidgwayCO Member

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    Just picked this up from my local gun pusher yesterday. It's a Ruger Blackhawk Bisley Convertible with cylinders in .45 Colt and .45 ACP. My info indicates this stainless model was made for Williams Shooter Supply in 2008. It has the 5-1/2" barrel and weighs 46-1/2 oz with the .45 Colt cylinder installed. I really like the laminated grips... they're very comfortable and look good with the stainless. I can't wait to get this one to the range...

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  2. Arkansas Paul

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    Man that's pretty. I'm a huge fan of the single action .45s, especially Rugers.
     
  3. Hammerdown77

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    To me, if you are a fan of shooting dinosaur killer .45 Colt loads (300 grain and up lead bullets over full cases of H-110), this is THE stock Blackhawk to get. I have a blued .45 convertible model with the standard plowhandle grip and 4 5/8" barrel, and it's great, but there are a few things yours has going for it that are an improvement, IMHO. First, for the heaviest loads, the Bisley grip is what you want. Second, the stainless guns have a pinned front sight, so you can easily swap in a taller blade for shooting heavy cast slugs. Third, the 5 1/2" barrel is a good compromise between the 4 5/8" and the 7 1/2" barrel as far as sight radius, packability, and velocity goes.

    You got a good one there. Let us know how it shoots.
     
  4. rmfnla

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    LOVE that unfluted cylinder!
     
  5. Gryffydd

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    You're going to LOVE this gun. I have a similar one but with the "rosewood" grips.
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    It's very accurate and pleasant to shoot even with the heaviest of loads. I did send in both the cylinders to cylindersmith.com to get them reamed to .4525 which helped a lot--no more leading. Some of the throats were close to .450!

    I agree that it's the perfect Ruger for heavy .45 Colt loads. I like the stainless and the convertible, and the 5.5" length better than the regular Bisley and I LOVE the Bisley grip.

    I really like those laminate grips, they look like they might be more durable. The clear coating on mine is coming off in a few places.
     
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    That looks like a great gun. I think you'll have a lot of fun with it. Gotta keep my eye open for one.

    I just traded away a .357 Bisley with the long barrel. It was a shooter. Kinda miss it now that it's gone. Would probably still be here if the barrel had been a bit shorter.

    I sure like my short barrel .357/9mm BH convertible. Very versatile little gun.
    Bob
     
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    I had to replace the front site on mine with a taller one to regulate it with a "Ruger only" .45 Colt loads. Other than that, it's a great piece of work!

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  8. MCMXI

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    I have a pair with sequential numbers and really like them. Power Custom makes a nice kit for them if you're interested. Mine are the Acusport versions. Either way, GREAT revolvers to shoot and VERY accurate. Congratulations on yours!!

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  9. The Lone Haranguer

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    Although neither cartridge has heavy recoil (unless you want to handload the .45 Colt to .44 Magnum levels, entirely possible and safe in this revolver), the Bisley grip looks more comfortable to shoot.
     
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    In case you're wondering what the Power Custom kit offers, you get a much smoother/lighter trigger pull and a hammer half-cock position for easy unloading. The chambers line up perfectly with the ejector rod in half-cock. Also, the PC hammer and trigger is an aesthetic upgrade too since they're finely polished. To be honest though, it's the half-cock feature that persuaded me to upgrade.

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  11. Bush Pilot

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    Schweet combo! I've been looking for a stainless 45/45ACP BH for a couple of years w/o any luck :( .Does anyone know what Ruger is charging for the ACP cylinder these days?
     
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    How was the installation of the Power Custom kit? I have been considering this kit for either a Blackhawk or a S/Six, but I have never installed one before.

    Thank you -

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  14. MCMXI

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    AcuSport not Accusport .... :)

    http://www.acusport.com/AcuSportWeb/

    It's somewhat involved since a clearance notch has to be filed in the pawl. No one step in the overall procedure is particularly difficult but I wouldn't say it's an easy job. As is often the case, the second revolver was a lot easier to do. The instructions are not particularly well written and you'd think they were a photocopy of a photocopy of a photocopy if you get my drift. There are some sections that don't apply to the Blackhawk so figuring out what had to be done and in what order was the biggest challenge. The end results are well worth it though. The difference in how smoothly the cylinder rotates (sound/feel) after the kit is installed is SIGNIFICANT. It goes from CLACK, CLACK, CLACK, CLACK, CLACK, CLACK to click, click, click, click, click, click .....

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  15. BCCL

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    Just an amazing sixgun there!!!
     
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