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Featured Ruger Blackhawk .357 6.5"

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by Aceman, Mar 19, 2017 at 7:41 PM.

  1. Aceman

    Aceman

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    So I have been driving myself crazy trying to select a general purpose .357

    I'm looking for something that I can shoot .357, or .38, could hunt with, could use for any other purpose, and will go with my Rossi .357 lever in Stainless. and I've been tearing myself up over the 4" or the 6"

    - GP100, the "Ford Tough" of .357's. Just doesn't excite me, and feels like driving a truck
    - Smith 686, Smith, and priced like a Ferrari, while classy, just isn't sexy
    - Taurus, I'm cool with, but can never find a deal that feels like a deal

    Then, I thought...I don't NEED a .357 pistol. I want an old Uberti percussion. And then I thought....BLACKHAWK!

    .357, stainless, cool cowboy factor, matches the lever stylistically.

    And then I ALSO found out I can get a conversion cylinder for 9mm?

    Talk to me people!!!!!!!
     
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  2. TScottW99

    TScottW99 NRA Life Member

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    I have a 6 1/2" Blackhawk in 44 mag and love it. Very accurate, shootable and fun to shoot. I've been thinking about a 5 1/2" Blackhawk in 357.

    Let us know what you get.

    [​IMG]
     
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  3. Mark2Glock

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    Lol. I was in same similar delima a while back until I came across a 686+ Deluxe. I am glad I did but I will be getting the Ruger Bisley next when I get the c card paid for. You won't go wrong wrong plus Blackhawk would be perfect companion to the Rossi.
    Seen a 3 screw yesterday and almost bit but for 730 buck they wanted for it made me think about it.
     
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    ChuteTheMall Witless Protection Program

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    The 9mm conversion cylinder solves a lot of ammo availability issues.

    Long barrels rock for maximized velocity and sight radius.
     
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    Steve in Az Walther PPQ

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    There's something nostalgic and cool about a single action. Same goes for turntables/vinyl.
     
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  6. Mark2Glock

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    I would forego the 9mm because it's not near as accurate as 38/357. It is a bit cheaper also.
     
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    I have nineteen 357s, five are 6.5'' SS BH convertibles, with the 9mm
    cylinder, you can get a lot of power out of that little 9mm case in
    that gun.

    If I was only allowed to only own one gun it would be one of them.

    http://www.ruger.com/products/newModelBlackhawkConvertible/specSheets/0320.html

    We tested three BH in 357 at two hundred yards, scoped,
    one day, all three shot six inches or less with six shots.

    The load was a home cast 187 FNGC from a LBT mold,
    around 1500 fps, that is my go to load for big frame
    357s, use it in my 20'' Rossi too, 1850 FPS in it.

    That same boolit has taken elk with great results.
     
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  8. PattonWasRight

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    You asked yourself the question and I think you came up with the best answer, and I own a GP100.
     
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    My advise is to get what you want.

    But for my taste, I'm not a fan of single action. Too slow to reload. And I don't need to pretend cowboy.

    However, turn of the century, circa 1900, is where the cool is at. Highly developed reliable swing out cylinder revolvers with good double action triggers :)
     
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    In the BH convertible with the 9mm cylinder I have shot this boolit
    in 1.5'' at 34 yards, at 1350 fps with HS6 powder.

    https://www.midsouthshooterssupply.com/item/0000690574/double-cavity-mould-358-125-rf

    https://www.midsouthshooterssupply.com/item/0000690306/6-cavity-mold-358-125-rf

    That was for six shots.

    Have also shot 163 gr boolits in the little 9mm case with
    good results too.

    To me the 9mm cylinder is a must have.
     
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  11. Aceman

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    You know, the double action thing was a hang up for a while. I would like to be able to use this gun for SD/HD as well. But in all honesty, it wouldn't be my goto. It wouldn't be my 2nd, 3rd, or even 4th choice or option.

    And, let's be honest, cowboys defended themselves quite well with way less (see Vaquero - no rear sites!)

    So I'm really thinking that between my general non-need for rapid fire, my desire for a matching 357 pistol, and wanting a longer barrel....the Blackhawk may seriously be "the one."

    Plus, my official SHTF caliber is 9mm, so while it is a bonus if I can get another cylinder.

    Is there a difference between the convertible and the standard, other than it comes with two cylinders???
     
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    quantico 1911 lover Millennium Member

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    My second handgun was a 44 mag ruger super Blackhawk .. reliable rugged... yes , yes . Did not love the sights or ease of cleaning. Did not hold its value nearly as well as a S&w.

    I would highly recommend a smith 357 mag. Many options. But they are well made and hold value very well.
     
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    Yeah reloading cast boolits the way to go in 9mm but not standard variety jacketed ammo.
     
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    No difference except extra cylinder that is fitted to function correctly.
     
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    quantico 1911 lover Millennium Member

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    If your going to Alaska and boating and going thru the woods the cheaper ruger would be great... and if it falls in the river it's not as big a loss.

    For a shooter range gun and defensive gun I feel the smith has much better quality feel and the finish and shape is better...

    Don't misunderstand me.. the ruger is made of good quality , a bit more clunky.. but in no way is it less functional or fragile..
     
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    A little research suggests I have to buy the convertible cylinders together....
     
  18. PattonWasRight

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    I'm an old school SW revolver fan, but the newer ones with the trigger locks are the proverbial "tits on a bull."

    I do believe they occasionally mfr their revolvers without the trigger locks, but you have to look hard to find them

    You can get the 686 or GP100 in stainless and get wood grips to match your lever action
     
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    quantico 1911 lover Millennium Member

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    Not sure about that but I think they make a few models without the stupid locks. The newest S&w guns are well made I am told... not sure how much effort it is worth to shop for a gun without the lock ???
     
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    Had two that are now in son in laws possession, one like you're looking for though in blue, and a .44 pictured below. Lots of fun. Classic revolver. I just didn't shoot them so handed them down to the boys early. I'm a 9 guy mostly as well.
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