Super Blackhawk, 10 1/2" in house fire

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by nbwajdr, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. nbwajdr

    nbwajdr New Member

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    I have a 44 Ruger that was in house fire some years back. Wood stocks burned off, and I don't know what other may have been done. Does anyone have experience with this situation? Is it wasted? Or could there be hope to resurrect this weapon?
     
  2. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    If the fire burned the grips off, chances are the temper of the metal has changed.

    I would not try it.
     

  3. AR10

    AR10 New Member

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    Years back? Boat anchor. It is no doubt turned into a nonfunctioning mass of rust.
     
  4. nbwajdr

    nbwajdr New Member

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    It's not rusty, the finish wasn't really eaten off. Maybe I'll build a shadow box for it and hang it in the shop.
     
  5. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Agreed. It is likely a trigger actuated grenade now. Clean it up and hang it.
     
  6. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Best yet, call Ruger. You just never know.
     
  7. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Agree- i've heard of Ruger doing some really "crazy" things for customers :)
     
  8. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Hi point would probably replace it if it were one of theirs, quick, fast, and no questions asked... ;)
     
  9. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    Yes, due to the fire and it's effect on the temper of the metal it is definitely not a shooter. But as stated it would make a great piece for a Shadow Box Display. I would also make it non functional as far as firing so someday down the road an innocent person who does not know the history of the weapon might think it was shootable and have a catastrophic event! "BLOOOOOW UP!" Maybe fill the bore with lead for example or alter firing pin.
    If you contact Ruger? I would be very interested in their advise concerning this issue. Please let us know if you do!

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  10. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    Pretty fair chance it would be fine. Very easy to check. It contains many springs. Check the springs and see if they are still "springs". The springs would lose temper way before any heavy part. The only main part that could be bad would be the cylinder. I would say about 75% chance it would be fine.
     
  11. nbwajdr

    nbwajdr New Member

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    I'm going to assume it is toast - sorry, bad pun - and likely build a shadow box for it. But I'll also check the springs and contact Ruger, as suggested. If I shadow box it, I'll disable it. If nothing else, I can weave some stories for the grandkids about the gun in the shadow box.
     
  12. AR10

    AR10 New Member

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    The Ruger contact is a great idea. Call Alex Jones, who can call Ted Nugent, who will call the NRA contact for Ruger and I bet they give you a new gun.
     
  13. SteveK

    SteveK New Member

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    Just a suggestion, but wood burns easier than metal(takes a lot of heat for metal)might try asking a gunsmith and see what he thinks.
     
  14. AIKIJUTSU

    AIKIJUTSU New Member

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    Send it to Ruger. They will check it out, and if it is bad will send you a new one, no charge.
    They have a great reputation for customer service.