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Old 03-05-2010, 10:08 PM   #1
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I just got a 2005 Bisley stainless 5 1/2" Convertible. It shoots ok but I feel it can do better. I measured the throats on the cylinder (only came with the 45 ACP...thank god 'cause Ruger won't sell you and ACP cylinder!) and they are .449" for 3 and .448" for the other 3 throats. I measured my friends Bisley from 2000 and his were dead on at .452". And his shoots great! I have read about them being oversized....but not about them being too tight. My cylinder is getting throated to .452" as this is written...can't wait for it to get back! I have over a dozen different loads to test! I wonder if it is only in the 45 cals or are the other Blackhawks having these over/under sized throats? What do you have and what does it measure?

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Old 03-07-2010, 10:51 PM   #2
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mine are at .450"

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Great news! I got my cylinder back from Mr. Clements on Saturday! Put that sucker in and on Sunday I tested it out with about 6 different handloads. This is a 45 ACP cylinder...the throats now measure a true .452 on ALL six holes! I shot it on a 10 yd target...only distance we had one set up....ONE RAGGED HOLE! The difference between the loads was not too much...I have to do further testing in a more calm environment..had a guy shooting some full auto 223 next to me! Was hitting coconuts at 60 yds consistently! Oh, I also installed a Belt Mountain base pin in the gun and there is hardly any play in the cylinder. You can see it in the photo. Just have to fit a 45 Colt cylinder, free spin pawl, throat the barrel and recrown it...probably don't need the last two done, but might as well. Polishing the throat will reduce lead build up. The gun shoots jacketed spot on too! jacketed bullets fall right thru the cylinder and I was wondering how they would shoot....just fine thank you! Gonna stick with lead only....... I changed the grips from the Hogues in the photo, got a set of the Ruger laminated grips, I like them better!

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Purty! What material are those grips, out of curiosity? Do you shoot with 'em on or switch to Pachmayr/Hogue/something else soft?

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They are a tad thicker than stock grips. They are a polymer. I wanted to go "All Ruger"...plus I saw the laminated grips on the Bisley Hunter model....had to have them! I shot the gun with the Hogues....I overtightened the grip screw after I cleaned it and it pulled the bushing and cracked the grip around the hole. Super glue fixed it but I don't use them anymore. I got them at Midway...the best price I think and they fit better than the Ajax grips...and are cheaper! I'll try to get a new pic up soon!

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So those are Ruger laminate grips in the pic? Either way, very nice.

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Those are Hogue Polymer grips. You can get them here Hogue Cowboy Grips Ruger Bisley, Bisley Vaquero Pearlized Black - MidwayUSA
Also, if you have a Ruger 45 Colt you should read this
Linebaugh's Custom Sixguns - The .45 Colt - Dissolving the Myth, Discovering the Legend

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