Ruger Super Blackhawk

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  1. nothinghead

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    While at the Mid Atlantic Winter meet, there was much philosophizing. One topic I brought up was the merits of different calibers in the ruger Blackhawk, and it was largely decided that for my needs, a 44 magnum or 41 magnum would get the job done. I left the meet with the idea that if one came along, I would try and pick it up. Only the next day I was out looking for ammunition when I came across a stainless steel Super Blackhawk in 44 magnum with a 7.5" barrel used at a local sporting goods shop. Once my wait period is over, I'll let you know how she shoots.
     
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    Excellent choice!!
     
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    Great choice! You will love it!
     
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    You done good my friend; and it certainly would have been my choice between the two calibers and barrel configuration.
     
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    Can't go wrong........excellet find.......Congrats.
     
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    I love my Super Blackhawk Hunter in .44 mag - that thing is a nail driver bought from someone on a glock forum for $400 a couple years back got a nice galco hip holster for it - she comes with me when I am in bear territory and up on my buddies tree farm.
    I put a houge grip on it and fell in love all over again - I highly recommend it!


    Enjoy!!

    Example of mine from the interweb - I ussually carry without the scope

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    You did say that money was burning a hole in your pocket! LoL :)
     
  9. nothinghead

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    I only paid $400 for it, so there was plenty of money left for more ammo. I realized a year or so ago that I had all these children and nothing to feed them, so I have been trying to spend more money on ammo. The only problem is I keep getting more and more calibers!

    Have you ever fed a new 45-70 lever gun? It ain't cheap!
     
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    That was my very first handgun. It still holds an honored place in my safe. I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I haven't gotten it dirty in several years. It has served me very well taking everything from whitetails to ruff grouse (with powder puff loads). It's very accurate, totally reliable and strong. What's not to like? I put Pachmayr grips on mine soon after I bought it, and they're still there. (They protect me from the dragoon style trigger guard and fit my hands better).

    Aside from grips, the only adjustments I've made to the gun are a replaced front sight (because I stupidly dropped my gun and broke the factory sight-ugh!). I also replaced the cylinder base pin with one from Belt Mountain--just because I once read it would make the gun "tighter". I guess it did. Finally, I fire lapped the bore, following directions from Veral Smith's stuff. Honestly, I was a babe in the woods in every one of the above, but I was apparently fortunate, because the gun shoots better than ever and it's bore is easier to keep clean. The gun is currently sighted in for a 300 gr. WFN gas checked bullet over an appropriate dose of W296. Recoil is noticeable, but not punishing. It's a lot more fun to shoot with a 240 gr. cast bullet over 7 gr. of Unique-which also works just fine for small game.

    Enjoy your SBH. It's a classic.

    PC
     
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    Great buy ! Ruger will last you for years.

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    Damn! That was quick, Trey. :dblthumb: Congrats. I have a bag of 300 gr. bullets and maybe a set of dies for a .44 mag. I know I have the bullets. Let me look for the dies and maybe we can do some trading.

    Scott
     
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    Awesome! let me now. I still have those 9mm dies for you, and am looking out for 9mm ammo for you as well.
     
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    A waiting period, is that a state law or what? As soon as they run the background check in Louisiana we can walk out with any weapon we want to buy. Where do you live?
     
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    many winters ago, my good friend (RIP Not rest in peace but RIP as a nickname, he is butcher and somehow picked up that nick name) bought a .44 mag blackhawk.

    Rip is a smallish man, and the recoil cracked his wrist bone a bit. He traded it to me for a .44special and I still have that one. It is one of my favorite handguns for woods loafing.

    I believe it will long outlast me and be passed on to one of my sons (or daughter).

    Nothing quite as enjoyable as a nice single action, and rugers are tanks.
     
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    Must have been a short barrel?????
     
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    Maryland and we have a 7 day waiting period when buying regulated weapons. With all the latest B.S. the 7 day has turned into 17 days or more because of backlog!

    Scott
     
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    Congrats on a fine new wheelgun. I love my Blackhawks in .41 and .357. Don't know what they have in stock right now but Georgia Arms usually has good prices on ammo. I buy their cowboy loads for the .41 and have a buddy reload it for me.

    Tapatalk ate my spelling and grammar.
     
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    That revolver will serve you well, I have the hunter model and really like it. I am on the lookout now for a short barreled one as well. When you find the load they like they are scary accurate and will shoot most anything good enough.
     
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    It was that way when I lived in Maine too. Now I am deep in enemy territory, just north of Annapolis. There is a 7 business day wait for all regulated firearms in MD. That includes what handguns have made the State Police handgun Roster, and all assault weapons from a list that was compiled in the 80's or 90's. that list hasn't been amended since its creation though, so things like then SCAR etc. are not on there. An AR with a HBAR marking is not there on the list either.
     
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    At the expense of getting political, I wanted to say that after the 7 business days the store MAY (completely allowed by law) release the gun. They also should be calling MSP at that point and following up. If they aren't you may consider a new shop.
     
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    I was all set on getting a 4" .357 GP100 for home and woods defense until I discovered the Super Redhawk Alaskan. Heavier than the 4" GP100 but a 2 1/2" barrel of .44 mag or .454 cas. The weight makes the recoil look somewhat manageable, especially the .44. The main drawback I see to that gun is the 3 foot fireball it throws out the short barrel. I don't want that if I'm in a synthetic sleeping bag inside a nylon tent.
     
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    SBH in 44 mag is where its at. Once I added the Hogue grips I fell in love. One of the best revolvers on the planet, and certainly the best single action. You made a great choice.

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    6 inches stock grips

    I have never had a problem with the recoil from it however.

    both of my wrists have been broken (motorcycle wreak around age 14 - AL allows small motorcycles to be ridden at age 14, or they did way back then, have no idea if they still do so.)

    I have fired everykind of handgun up to things like 454 causal / 460 ruger and a few shots from a 500 S&W. None did a break , but once I get over .44mag, I can sure tell the recoil is there .
     
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    That's interesting. I've never thought recoil from a .44 mag was too bad. My brother in law has a S&W .500 and it's interesting to shoot. Supposedly a 4" barrel, but it sure looks shorter.
     
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    Congrats friend you bought a fine weapon. I've been looking for another 44 myself I think I'm going to go double action this time. I see you have to feed a45-70 , I have some empty brass and a set of dies I believe that I would be willing to possibly sell. I mace even have some loose bullets. Just let me know if interested.
     
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    I have a .357 with the 7.5 in barrel. It's probably my best shooting pistol. Paid $250 for it at a gun show in Dallas 7-8 years ago.
     
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    I have a Ruger Bisley Hunter 7.5" in 44mag that has had some fine tuning by Clements and it is my go to gun for deer, it has a 2X Burris on it and I hand load with 295gr cast hollowpoint bullets. This set up work great for me and have taken several deer out to 125+yds with a rest. You will engoy the Ruger.
     
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    Interesting, I have the same gun although it's blued. I prefer the factory grips, but to each their own. Keep in mind, the factory grips are designed to let the gun rotate in your hand. It puts the trigger where it need to be for a fast one-handed re-cocking. Supposedly, it was designed that way so that if you were shooting from a horse, you didn't need 2 hands to cock for the next shot - you could keep your other hand on the reins of the horse.

    Could be legend, but Sam Colt was such a genius, I wouldn't doubt for a minute that he actually thought that one through.

    Congrats on your purchase!
     
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    I would love to get some. I'm just hating right now.


    I'm broke..............
     
  31. Thaddius Bickerton

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    I suspect that felt recoil is subjective to an individual.

    I like my .45 long colts and .44 mags.

    If one goes with top end loads in the ruger (it is very strong action so can handle some pretty impressive stuff) Bought corbon or buffalo bore the recoil in a .44 can be up there with the .454 and such.

    Grips also impact it, again JMHO.

    Of all the handguns I have fired a S&W 4 inch .357 with full house loads seems to have a sharper sting than the .44 and .45 but again just what I feel.

    No doubt that a .44 mag and reloading will give one a range of options that few other handguns can offer. Low power clones of .44 special or just use .44 special, up through heavy for caliber bullets at max power for very large game.

    I'm pretty sure the .44mag has taken just about everything from rats at the dump with shot shells up through elephants. (now elephants would be some kind of scary with .44 IMHO)

    I have fired a .458 lott (Like a longer case .458 win mag) and the recoil from that is truly something that will wake you up and move you back, but hard as it hits, if I faced dangerous game I guess I would not notice it, esp. breaking a charge.

    For basic self defense I prefer a 1911 in .45 acp, but for all around it is almost impossible to fault a good ruger blackhawk in .44 or .45 lc

    I have been thinking that a .45ACP using full moon clips would let me focus a lot of my simple reloading on just the one caliber, then switch to the heavier cartridges for when needs call, but I always love a good single action.
     
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    Good Luck, it's a great handgun. I have had the same one for 20 years. I had mine shortened to 5 inches and Magnaported. It was an idea I got from reading an article on how Hank Williams customized his Super Blackhawk. I also put black packmyer grips on. When walking in bear country I load with Federal Premium solid hunting loads.
     
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    Hard to beat a SBH, I've taken a pile of deer with them over the years! :57:
     
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    Holy crap! How long is that barrel? Looks like it ought to qualify for rifle status!:dblthumb:

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    It looks like the 10.5"
     
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    Sweeet! Nice to pair with a lever-action trapper carbine!
     
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    Just picked up my first hand cannon right before Christmas, ended up getting the SBH 44 mag with a 4 5/8" barrel. I was a little intimidated on the first trigger pull ( 300 grain Hornady JHP ) but the gun just rocked back in my hand. My lord did I fall in love, 50 something rounds later and it was still comfy to shoot, still have the stock grips on her, I fonded a few with the Hogue grips and didn't really like the feel so no changes to the grip in the future, I did however get a fiber optic front sight installed on her just recently and picked up some 240 grain hard cast hand loaded from a buddy who has been reloading these for quite some time ( he says they are pretty hot ) so hopefully I can get out and try the new sights and handloads out this weekend.

    Enjoy your new baby, I know that mine sure puts a huge smile on my face with every squeeze of the trigger.
     
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    Yep. 3-4" ironsight groups or less @100 yards with hand loads (if I do my part). :3:
     
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    Super Blackhawks are probably the finest-shooting, toughest & well-balanced heavy hitters going.
    I've had mine for over 20 years now & used it on everything from wild boars to dispatching the occasional nuisance 'gator or rattlesnake one tends to encounter while out hunting here in Florida.

    Mine's also got the 7-½" barrel, which makes it an accurate shooter with very little felt recoil thanks to the extra weight.

    [​IMG]
     
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    My SBH sports a 5 1/2" barrel. This is one of the first when they came out with under a 7 1/2" bbl. It has a Super Blackhawk upper and a regular Blackhawk lower frame. When I got it, the cylinder dragged in one spot. Sent it to Magna-Port and they fixed the drag, ported the barrel and installed a C-More front sight. I am thinking of switching to a fiber optic front sight now. The Lanyard loop screw comes from Hogue, they have it for Ruger and S&W models. But you have to call to order it and you'll have to trim the screw length on some models.

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    got mine

    .45 convertable with original .45 colt cylinder. colt cylinder stays in it most of the time.
     
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    I bought a stainless 5 1/2" SBH .44 mag when I was stationed back in California about 15 years ago. It has become one of my favorite woods walking guns. It is accurate, hard hitting, points naturallyfor me and the plow handle seems to absorb the recoil. Up until I got a 4 5/8" stainless .44 special, I would shoot .44 spl loads in it, depending on where I was. I bought an El Paso Saddlery belt and Threepersons holster for it so it's very easy to carry. Anyway, you have a really nice handgun, and I'm sure you'll like it and get a lot of use and enjoyment out of it.

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    Used to have a Blackhawk in 30 carbine. I loved it. Fun to shoot, good for small game, and you can find armor piercing rounds for it too. Just in case the squirrel ran into a tree or engine block, you never know.
     
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    My only 44mag is my Vaquero, but for a woods gun, I love my SRH-A in 454. 454 is comfortable to shoot out of it (heavy gun), and 45LC is like shooting blanks. My 500s are fun to shoot as well, but the 460 is a bit of a handful.
     
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    While my 7 1/2" SBH hasn't taken any deer yet
    [​IMG]

    My scoped 9 1/2" SRH has
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    This is my sweetheart. A Ruger Blackhawk Bisley in .45 Colt, 7.5"bbl, trigger at 2.75lbs, buffalo horn grips(smooth, so it rolls in the hand under heavy recoil) Jeweled cylinder. the hammer and trigger sides had been jeweled also, but had to send the gun to Ruger for some work and they replaced all the parts. Anyway, I shoot 260gr North Fork CPS at about 1400fps and get one hole groups at 50yds(from a rest) and can hold under 2" off hand. I have had this gun for years and it is my main big game gun.
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    Just oiled, and cleaned mine today, so I shot a pic.


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    The longer one shoots these big ol' hog-legs, the better they begin to nestle into one's hand & they seem to become more and more accurate over time.
    It couldn't possibly be due to getting more practice with them, could it?
    :4: :4: :4:

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    I have a 454 Super Redhawk.
    I use to have a 44 SRH until the Canadian Border Patrol decided that they wanted to keep it :(

    Anyway...
    My cousin and I use to reload and shoot his 44 BH and my 44 SRH.
    We would literally reload and shoot a couple hundred rounds in a day. We got pretty good ;)
    I'm not too bad with the 454, but I just can't afford to shoot like that anymore.
     
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    I would really like a single action, but I can't decide if I should go super blackhawk, or a new model blackhawk in .357
     

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