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Old 07-03-2011, 10:54 PM   #1
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I'm thinking of picking up a Ruger Blackhawk convertible in 357 for hunting/plinking, is this a good choice in a revolver? I like that they are American made and I have heard that their frames are plenty heavy to take the higher powered loads.

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Old 07-04-2011, 12:06 AM   #2
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yes it is.

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It's a good choice for a revolver, but it's a great choice for a revolver if you want a single action that fires .357 magnum/.38 special. If you were looking for something more reminiscent of a Colt Single Action Army then I would go with a Ruger New Vaquero.

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As long as the 9mm cylinder is used for plinking only and nothing else you should be a happy camper. Accuracy is an issue with the 9 mike mike for several compromised reasons.

The gun is built with a 38/357 barrel designed to shoot the 9.1mm bullet. When you throw a 9×19mm Parabellum, 9.03mm bullet down the same barrel it has more of a jump to make into the rifling and "rattles" down the barrel.

When going 9mm you must shoot jacketed bullets. The 9mm cylinder head spaces on the rim mouth. There is the typical back and forth play that is common in a revolver. Lead will shave a tad on the head space of the cylinder.

As a 357 it will serve you well as a hunter and personal defense piece.

My choice, should I want to go convertible, would be the Blackhawk chambered in 45LC/45Auto.

I have the Blackhawk chambered in 30 carbine. Outstanding gun and wicked accurate.

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Ruger Single Actions are great guns. I have two a 45 Colt Vaquero and a 357 Vaquero and looking to get my third in .327 maggie.



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Thanks, I'm not really sure that I need the 9mm cylinder anyways, as it is I could shoot 38s in a plain Blackhawk. Maybe I won't even mess with the convertible, I'm not a huge fan of the 9 anyways, that will give me a reason to buy a 40

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I have a vaquero and a blackhawk the vaquero is prettier but I like the adjustable sights on the blackhawk.

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Thanks, I'm not really sure that I need the 9mm cylinder anyways, as it is I could shoot 38s in a plain Blackhawk. Maybe I won't even mess with the convertible, I'm not a huge fan of the 9 anyways, that will give me a reason to buy a 40
I would never give up the versatility of a .357 mag for the worthless .40 S&W!
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I have one and love it.






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Oh yea, love my .357! It's given a few hogs a permanent dirt nap

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