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Old 03-26-2015, 03:12 PM   #1
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Default Old Model Blackhawk, a Sharps40 project or restore?

So I picked up this old model Blackhawk .357 for a reasonable price. It came with a Qualite brass birdshead grip frame that is for a New Model (no it is not for sale..)

Anyway I was struggling with what to do with the project. One part of me wants to build something custom like what we have seen from Sharps40 ....the other side of me says restore the gun

It is a 1972 vintage





http://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2015/01/ruger-old-model-blackhawk-project-part-1.html
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Old 03-26-2015, 03:14 PM   #2
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Here is what it looked like when I got it, rusty, but not too heavily pitted





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Here is what makes the decision tough....I already have a factory aluminum grip frame in excellent condition:



as well as a brass grip frame from an 1860 Colt copy (bought it for $24)



http://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2015/02/ruger-old-model-blackhawk-project-part-2.html

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Old 03-26-2015, 07:38 PM   #4
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I would scrub it off with 0000 steel wool (dry,) oil it up, reassemble and shoot it.
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Thad bea first step. Its enough of a wreck to beg for more though
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Old 03-30-2015, 01:43 PM   #6
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I'm leaning towards restoration, I would need to buy more tools to recrown the barrel and cut the dovetail sight......although once I have those tools..I could put them to use on other projects
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OK I'll get this thread started....I decided to restore the gun. I had a near mint condition original alcoa aluminum grip frame to use and the pitting was only superficial, nothing I could not handle.

1st step was to figure out what parts I had and what parts I needed



I was able to trade a stainless new model base pin for a hammer strut, main spring along with the trigger spring and plunger.

The bag of screws was not complete, it was actually two sets of new model grip frame screws, since the I had two sets I was A-OK, I just ended up with two pivot lock screws (for a new model)



I needed a few more items, I found an old model ejector rod & spring on ebay



I also found these Ruger Old Army frame screws, they also fit the old model



Numrich Arms (Gun Parts Corp) supplied some other misc parts

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blog post with more detail

http://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/2015/04/ruger-old-model-blackhawk-project-part-3.html
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A quick assembly to make sure the gun functions



I used some Speer practice ammo to test her out



Everything worked like it should...1st hurdle overcome

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I tried to restore this aluminum ejector rod housing using the B-C Aluminum Black and it didn't work, maybe the solution was old or I did something wrong? I have never had much luck with this stuff



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