Ruger Black Hawk Owners

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by northhike, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. northhike

    northhike New Member

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    I was at Cabelas the other day (trouble to begin with... :D) 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?
     
  2. canebrake

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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.
     

  3. Clem

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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.
     
  4. mcb

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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.
     
  5. Wi_Hunter556

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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.
     
  6. tomingreeneco

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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.
     
  7. northhike

    northhike New Member

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    This is a common theme with the 9mm. I will most likely just shoot .38's and .357's.
     
  8. BlueTurf

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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.
     
  9. Bob Wright

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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.

    Bob Wright
     
  10. Clem

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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.
     
  11. Bob Wright

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    I had had a number of .45 ACP guns, M1917s, M625s, as well as a Colt Gold Cup Auto so I had plenty of ACP brass on hand, plus some AR as well, but these soon gave out and I did not replace them. And, at the time, I was using some very heavy bullets, 350 gr. cast which never worked well in the shorter cases. I also did some experimenting with the .45 S&W until that supply was exhausted and I had to make my own brass by cutting off old .45 Colt cases. Now the .45 S&W is available again, but, next to the .44 Magnum, I'll stick with the old .45 Colt.
     
  12. gr8wapiti

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    I own an original 1958 BH 3 screw .38/.357 6 5/8" barrel. It is and was my very first handgun and I would never get rid of it. I have shot thousands of rounds thru it and it is dead nut accurate. I carried it every hunting season as my side arm until 5 years ago, the blueing is faded badly and I was afraid it would be damaged in the snow and cold of elk season so I bought a GP100 6" barrel and it is also a good gun but I will always be partial to my first love.
     
  13. TGReaper

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    I have one with the .357 and 9mm cylinders and a 4 5/8 bbl.I have found it to be an excellent revolver,and accurate with both cartridges.
    Accuracy is a relative thing,it will not shoot 9 mm as accurately as my Sig.226 or my STI Ranger11. But it shoots them more accurately that my sons CZ 75.
    The 38/357 cylinder is not as accurate as my Colt Python.
    After all this I like mine, reasonably accurate and built like a tank.
    TGR
     
  14. Snubshooter

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    I have 2 .357/9 Blackhawks. They both shoot to point of aim with either cylinder in place. The best part of getting the conversion is that the action gets tuned at the factory so that both cylinders are in time.
    I HIGHLY recommend them.
     
  15. Clem

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    For me, 250 gr. and up is the province of the .45 Colt. 250 and down is the province of the .45 AR. I have lots of AR brass as I load it for my 625 as well as the NMBHs. Since I am only shooting on the range, I can't kill the paper any deader with a nice 300 gr. WFN than I can with a 200 LSWC, so I tend to use the same 200 gr. SWCs in the AR as I load for my 1911.
     
  16. Win73

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    I have two Blackhawk convertibles, a .45 colt/.45 acp and a 10 mm/.38-40. I also have a Single Six .22 lr/.22 mag convertible. I like them all. I would like to get the .357mag/9 mm convertible also some day.

    The Ruger single actions are great guns. Even half way taken care of properly they will last several life times.
     
  17. md1911

    md1911 New Member

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    I own 2 ruger blackhawk's a original and a new model. Both in. 357 their both great shooters.
     
  18. Daoust_Nat

    Daoust_Nat Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I have a 45 LC Blackhawk. Great shooter. Did not even know you could get a cylinder for 45 ACP. The only thing I don't like are the rubber grips. I am going to order a wood set fro Ruger.
     
  19. crossfire

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    These are good guns; durable, decently accurate with plenty of potential. If the 9mm cylinder isn't accurate, simply rechamber it to the .357-44 Bain & Davis or .356 GNR.
     
  20. 1000rounds

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    Also check out the grips from pachmayr, they make some really fine stuff.