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Old 03-05-2012, 02:56 PM   #1
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I was at Cabelas the other day (trouble to begin with... ) and I was scouting out a Ruger Single Six. While thats a beautiful gun I also spotted the Ruger Black Hawk in .38/.357/.9mm. Three calibers in one gun and a great trail gun to boot! How do you who own them like them?

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Old 03-05-2012, 03:16 PM   #2
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I don't own the Convertible but do have a BH. The Convertible sounds interesting but I have some reservations.

As long as the 9mm cylinder is used for plinking only and nothing else you should be a happy camper. I believe accuracy is an issue with the 9mm 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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I have several .357 NMBHs. One got sent back to have a 6 ½” barrel fitted and also a 9mm cylinder. The gun is very accurate with .357. I didn’t expect much accuracy from the 9mm, but it surprised me. With CCI Blazer, which is cheap enough I seldom reload 9mm, it shoots nearly as well as with .357. If you want one, go for it. You may be surprised.

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I don't own the 357 9mm convertible, but I do own several single action Rugers. The Blackhawk is a good shooter solid as a rock.

I have a NM 357, a 30 carbine NM, a new Vaquero 45lc, and New Single Six 22lr/22mag. I have one Old Model 3 screw 357 great gun, it has not had the transfer bar conversion, best shooter by far of the bunch.

I hope to hear more range reports on the 9mm convertible, always nice to have ammo choices.

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I had a single six 6 years ago that was .22lr and .22 mag. It shot fine with the lr. But when we were shooting the mags most of our shots were key holing. We got rid of it. Personally id stay away from the convertibles. But I love 4 of my blackhawks, they're great guns.

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I purchased one a couple of years ago used. Thought it was a good idea since I had other .357's and my daughter has a Glock 9mm. Could shoot either from the Blackhawk. To tell the truth I tried the 9mm once in them. Shot OK, but have never used the 9mm in it again. Got the gun at a good price so really don't care if I ever use the 9mm cylinder again. Love the gun. Just my 2 cents.

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I purchased one a couple of years ago used. Thought it was a good idea since I had other .357's and my daughter has a Glock 9mm. Could shoot either from the Blackhawk. To tell the truth I tried the 9mm once in them. Shot OK, but have never used the 9mm in it again. Got the gun at a good price so really don't care if I ever use the 9mm cylinder again. Love the gun. Just my 2 cents.
This is a common theme with the 9mm. I will most likely just shoot .38's and .357's.
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I have the Ruger New Model Super Blackhawk in .44 mag. I love shooting this gun. Even with the recoil I get great accuracy with it. I think you would enjoy shooting the model you are talking about.

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I have two .45 convertibles. I load my own ammunition, and once I got my .45 Colt loads worked up, never saw any need for the ACP. The extra cylinder is nice to have, but really is not all that useful to me.

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I have two .45 convertibles. I load my own ammunition, and once I got my .45 Colt loads worked up, never saw any need for the ACP. The extra cylinder is nice to have, but really is not all that useful to me.

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I am a little different. I shoot .45 Colt occasionally in my NMBH convertible but mostly I shoot .45 ACP and .45 Auto Rim in my modified .45 ACP cylinder. I also shoot mostly .45 AR in my S&W 625. It is nice to have interchangeable ammo.
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