Ruger Blackhawk question

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  1. gruntmedik

    gruntmedik Semper Fi CLM

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    I've all but decided that my next handgun is going to be a 38/357 Blackhawk, just not sure on the barrel length. I really want the convertible with the 9mm cylinder, but I have a question.

    I know the projectile diameter for 9mm is .355, and the 38/357 is .357, but what is the bore diameter on the Blackhawk, and is it different on the convertible models? I would think not, as it would seem logistically more difficult for Ruger to have 2 different barrels.

    Anyone here have both? Is there a noticeable difference in accuracy between the 2 cylinders on the convertibles? I know I'm probably overthinking it, but figured I'd ask those that know.
     
  2. RonS

    RonS Millennium Member

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    The bore diameter is for the .38/.357 and 9mm will not be as accuate in most cases. I don't own one but a shooting buddy did, his was functionally accurate with 9mm ammo, more suited to plinking, which we did a lot of back then.

    It is more about having a gun that can use 9mm if need be than having top performance with it.
     
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  3. Valmet

    Valmet M62/76 Silver Member

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    I find that nearly all "conversions" be it Ruger or even a Glock .357/.40 are compromises between accuracy and reliability. Although its financially reasonable to consider a conversion, I've always gone for a dedicated model is I can make it work in the budget (ex: I have a G-23 and G-32 as opposed to a conversion bbl). That said I don't have first-hand experience with the Blackhawk conversion (although the Blackhawk IS one of the finest revolvers currently in production IMO) I just always assume there is a short-end-of-the-stick somewhere when it comes to conversions.
     
  4. dbuck47

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    I think this is the best answer.

    As to barrel length, I have always liked the looks of the 4 5/8, but the 5 1/2 is a better compromise of performance and portability. The .357 starts to get its legs in 5 inch and longer barrels.
     
  5. eagle359

    eagle359 Glock Fanboi

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    I had the .357/9mm several years ago. As noted the 9mm suffered from being a bit small for the bore. It was not bad, it was just not great. I find the 4 5/8 looks better to my eye, but for velocity I would go with the 5 1/2. The blued gun looks better to me than the stainless. If it is just a fun gun, get the 4.62 as it carries easier.
     
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    In my experience with a 7.5” convertible, .38/.357 was approximately 3” at 25 yards whereas the 9mm cylinder opened up to 4.5-5” at the same range. Now this was back in ’91 when I was just learning to shoot handguns, so the pistol itself was probably much more accurate than the triggerman.


    I traded that revolver away a long time ago and have been giving a little thought now and then to replacing it. If I were to do so, I’d look for one of the Lipsey’s special 5.5” flattop convertible as the blued model has a steel frame versus the alloy the standard model has and it balances much better in my hand.
     
  7. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    This is crazy but I have a 9mm/.38/.357 Blackhawk Convertible BUT I never shot .38/357 through it. Only 9mm. So I can't tell whether or not there's a big difference in accuracy. The 9mm accuracy was OK and nothing to rave about.