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davidB2 09-01-2013 03:30 AM

Ruger Blackhawk or Uberti Frontier?
I have been going back and forth on a Single Action Pistol for the last several weeks. I initially had my sights set on a Uberti Frontier in .45 LC; 7.5 inch barrel. However, I have recently been looking at a Ruger Blackhawk in .357. in 4 5/8 barrel. I have been surprised at the expense of Cowboy action loads. I don't reload; so the .357 option is the best economical action for me. It is also easier to pack. However, I prefer the more classical look of the Uberti Frontier. It has more of that tradional look of the original SAA. Any suggestions for me in this arena? I am struggling to figure out which pistol to purchase. I would get both. But am getting ready to move and need 4 new tires for my truck; so two guns just isn't a possibility right now.

25-5 09-01-2013 03:58 AM

If you are considering cowboy action, you need period correct rifle, shotgun, and a pair of pistols. I used Ruger Vaqueros, 45 Colt Bisley. Check them out. They are available in 38/357. The Uberti is also a good choice, but I feel the Ruger is more substantial. My 1873 is Uberti and I have no regrets.

davidB2 09-01-2013 04:16 AM

Don't plan to do Cowboy action
Due to the expense of cowboy action; I don't plan to get into Cowboy action. That is the reason that I am leaning towards the Blackhawk. I love Single action pistols. I love the historically accurate firearms. However, my concern is the cost of .45 LC vs. .357/.38. Also, it doesn't seem to be available; especially the Cowboy loads. If I reloaded; it would not be an issue; but re-loading just isn't practical for my right now as I am military and moving every 2-3 years. Thanks for any inputs.

yazul42 09-01-2013 11:08 AM

The Vaquero as 25-5 stated, is available in .357 and I think the Ruger is a far stronger piece than the Colt clone frames, I have an old Uberti in .45 LC and it is a very good shooter, but my Rugers I feel, are better for the long haul and being in the service and moving around, you can find Ruger dealers about anywhere should anything come up that needs factory work or anything of that nature. I'd go with Ruger. Good luck.

steadyshot 09-01-2013 12:02 PM

I was recently in the market for a single action revolver. The high price of 45 colt was really a deterrent when it came to choosing a caliber.

I went with the Ruger Blackhawk in 357.

Although if I would have got the Blackhawk in 45 colt, it would have been the convertible model that comes with the extra 45 ACP cylinder.

And I still may buy that gun in the future.

Anyway here is a picture of my Blackhawk.

Barney1023 09-01-2013 01:43 PM

Never touched a uberti but from what ive read they are fine guns but not built for the long haul like ruger is. I do own a 6.5 inch barrel blued blackhawk the imo is one of the finest most accurate guns ive ever layed my hands on, I did however have to do some smithing to the front sight. I dont shoot cowboy action so my guns are strictly range and hunting guns. I took a needle file and cut a small groove in the front sight, and took a peice of very small round brass ( about the size of pencil lead) and epoxied it in the sight. Then took my dremel and shaped it to the sight blackend all but the front and now I have a gold dot sight. This made it crazy accurate like 1 inch groups at 25 yards. Something I just couldnt get with the wide front sight post on the black hawks.

phideaux 09-01-2013 01:46 PM

If its .357 that makes you happy, and that true old COLT SAA feel,and very capable accuracy, then dont discount the Uberti Cattleman 1873 SAA. I love mine , I also love my Ruger SAA, but they do not have that feel.


25-5 09-01-2013 04:24 PM

I reload, so I have only heard of this ammo. 158 gr .38 cowboy ammo $26.00 a box. They have black powder loads too. And 357.
I mentioned the Bisley frame. Check it out. Very easy to handle with one hand and a good feel.

John_Deer 09-01-2013 04:36 PM

I own a new model Blackhawk and a Super Blackhawk. I have had the super blackhawk for over 30 years. The new model blackhawk is 2 years old. I bought the blackhawk for the same reason you are considering a 357 mag. I can afford to shoot it when ever I please. 44 mag ammo is expensive and punishing to shoot. Finding 44 spl ammo in this area is like searching for hens teeth.

When I bought the super blackhawk both calibers were plentiful and affordable to shoot. I was living in south LA when I purchased the SB. There was only one gun shop in the area. Most of my ammo came from hardware stores or country stores. Now I live 25 miles from a metropolitan area with 2.5 million people in it and finding anything is a PITA. 20 years ago deer hunting was the number one participant sport in NC.

Both guns have given me great service. Once you take the plastic grips off the blackhawk it is a much better looking gun. I got a set of rosewood target grips made by ruger for $30 plus shipping from Jack first. I would avoid the hogue monogrip. It looks real nice but the gun doesn't shoot well with a rubber grip. Revolvers were meant to rock in your hand to help absorb recoil. The monogrip actually increases perceived recoil.

To get the best out of a 357 mag you need a six inch or longer barrel. The 6.5" barrel only adds an ounce of weight to the gun. You will get a much better sight plane and your ammo will perform better.

txpossum 09-02-2013 12:47 AM

I'd go with the Blackhawk.

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