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Re: Your first single action revolver? [Re: GunGeek] #15998371 04/16/21
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My father-in-law gave me his deceased brother's late 50s 6 1/2 inch Blackhawk .44 Mag. My first and only single action. I believe it was called the 3-screw. It is my most prized firearm and a hoot to shoot (with mild handloads).


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Re: Your first single action revolver? [Re: GunGeek] #15998718 04/16/21
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The first I shot was the same as the OP's. It still lives at Mom and Dad's house. The first I owned would be a brass framed 1860 Army, assembled from a kit, when I was 14 or so. That one is at my sisters now, as she likes shooting BP far more than I do.

Re: Your first single action revolver? [Re: ElmerKeith] #15998770 04/16/21
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Originally Posted by ElmerKeith
Originally Posted by MontanaMarine
My SBH 44Mag. Bought it back in 1977. It was originally a 7.5", cut it along the way.

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Very nice! Does the gun still deliver the same accuracy as it did with the longer barrel? Could the original front sight be used again on the shorter barrel? Somewhere on the www I read about that the shorter gun might need a higher front sight. Did you make the job yourself or was it done by a gun smith?

I can't answer for MM, but I can tell you my experience in cutting down Ruger's. Typically you will need a higher front sight with the .44 magnums. Back in the day we probably got 3 of those jobs per month at the shop I worked at. It's amazing how long Ruger went before they made a short barrel .44 magnum.

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Ruger BH in 45 colt with a 7 1/2” barrel. Used Ruger/TC loads in it pushing a 325gr. Cast bullet to 1325ish. Mounted a leupold 2x in a no gunsmithing mount and promptly got beaned by the scope. Had it D&T for a leupold mount and found it to be very accurate until it loosened up after a lot of bullets went down range.

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Re: Your first single action revolver? [Re: GunGeek] #15999481 04/16/21
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Originally Posted by GunGeek
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Originally Posted by MontanaMarine
My SBH 44Mag. Bought it back in 1977. It was originally a 7.5", cut it along the way.

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Very nice! Does the gun still deliver the same accuracy as it did with the longer barrel? Could the original front sight be used again on the shorter barrel? Somewhere on the www I read about that the shorter gun might need a higher front sight. Did you make the job yourself or was it done by a gun smith?

I can't answer for MM, but I can tell you my experience in cutting down Ruger's. Typically you will need a higher front sight with the .44 magnums. Back in the day we probably got 3 of those jobs per month at the shop I worked at. It's amazing how long Ruger went before they made a short barrel .44 magnum.


Accuracy didn't suffer at all. Same front sight put back on. I had it done by a gunsmith in San Marcos CA, back in the day when I was at Camp Pendleton.

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Re: Your first single action revolver? [Re: Walker6] #15999488 04/16/21
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Originally Posted by Walker6
Growing up, I shot dad’s Colt 22/22mag, but my first was a SBH 44mag SS. Liked it but never loved it. Had it looked like the one below, I think I’d still have it.

Originally Posted by MontanaMarine
My SBH 44Mag. Bought it back in 1977. It was originally a 7.5", cut it along the way.

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Love that one, MM. I like that Necker, too. Where’d you get those scales?


I got the scales with the knife, I think it was The Knife Connection. One of the online stores. They were an add-on item.

Re: Your first single action revolver? [Re: EthanEdwards] #15999492 04/16/21
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Originally Posted by EthanEdwards
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My SBH 44Mag. Bought it back in 1977. It was originally a 7.5", cut it along the way.

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I've seen your gun on here several times. Like most of your stuff, it's a perfect example of a real working gun. I had one that looked identical. As you are aware, the Super Blackhawk, for many years, I'd say until the mid-eighties, wasn't available in anything but the configuration yours started out as, the 7 1/2" barreled, unfluted cylindered blued model. In the mid-eighties, I bought a Blackhawk in 45 Colt with the production 4 5/8" barrel. Somebody had taken the aluminum grip frame off and replaced it with a Super Blackhawk's. So it looked just like yours except for a fluted cylinder, but it was a 45 Colt and IIRC, it also had the 45 ACP cylinder. I believe it was the fifth single action I owned.


Besides cutting the barrel, along the way I added a Belt Mtn locking cylinder pin, Rough Country rear sight, and a steel ejector rod housing.

Re: Your first single action revolver? [Re: GunGeek] #15999506 04/16/21
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Single Six convertible,wish I still had it.


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Re: Your first single action revolver? [Re: NVhntr] #15999567 04/16/21
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Originally Posted by NVhntr
Same as the OP, bought it in 1978.

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I have the exact same-------I love shooting it.

Re: Your first single action revolver? [Re: GunGeek] #15999716 04/16/21
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My first pistol was a Colt Frontier Scout. I was in 9th grade. The guy at the outfitter wouldnt sell it to me, so my father took my cash and bought it for me. Shoots ok. Still have the original box and the bill of sale.

Later put on stag horn grips which fit my hand better. and recently i made grips of teak.

Lots of years later when i needed a serious PISTOL to keep the bears away on camping trips.... got a Ruger Security Six 357 with the longer barrel. Got it cheap cuz the front sight was slightly bent.

was going to replace the front sight but it shot so well i never did.

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Re: Your first single action revolver? [Re: Walker6] #16000146 04/16/21
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Originally Posted by Walker6
Growing up, I shot dad’s Colt 22/22mag, but my first was a SBH 44mag SS. Liked it but never loved it. Had it looked like the one below, I think I’d still have it.

Originally Posted by MontanaMarine
My SBH 44Mag. Bought it back in 1977. It was originally a 7.5", cut it along the way.

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Love that one, MM. I like that Necker, too. Where’d you get those scales?


Looks like some in stock here:

https://www.amazon.com/KA-BAR-BK-11HNDL-Becker-Custom-Micarta/dp/B004GIDJK0

Checked the knife sites I frequent, out of stock in most places.

Re: Your first single action revolver? [Re: GunGeek] #16000224 04/16/21
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Mid 70s, a Single Six .22 mag,. $105 bucks used from Schutz Bros in North Manchester IN.

Was my BD or Xmas present, 5th grade.
It sucked on groundhogs so pops got me a Blackhawk .357 the next year.

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Re: Your first single action revolver? [Re: GunGeek] #16000250 04/16/21
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I was in Cabela's this morning and they had a blued Ruger Single Ten with fiber optic sights. I thought of this thread and almost bought it! After sales tax I was looking at $705 though. I passed. (I'm more in the market for a 3" 686+ at this point).

Some great looking pistolas on this thread!

I only recently got my first single action--a .45 LC/.45 ACP Convertible Bisley. It's been fun; I enjoy it immensely.
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Re: Your first single action revolver? [Re: GunGeek] #16000268 04/16/21
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Freedom Arms model 83 in 357 magnum

Re: Your first single action revolver? [Re: MontanaMarine] #16000354 04/16/21
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Originally Posted by MontanaMarine
My SBH 44Mag. Bought it back in 1977. It was originally a 7.5", cut it along the way.

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Nice. I have one similar cut to 4 1/2" though a Flattop. It resides in Idaho.


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Re: Your first single action revolver? [Re: MontanaMarine] #16000372 04/16/21
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Ruger Single-Six Convertible. Worked all summer and it was my payment. I was 12. That was 60 years ago. It is in my gun safe now.


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Originally Posted by Scott F
Ruger Single-Six Convertible. Worked all summer and it was my payment. I was 12. That was 60 years ago. It is in my gun safe now.
Nice to see you post Scott. Hope y'all are well.


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Re: Your first single action revolver? [Re: The_Real_Hawkeye] #16000481 04/16/21
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Is that a New Vaquero? Very nice.


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Re: Your first single action revolver? [Re: GunGeek] #16000608 04/16/21
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Mine was a stainless Ruger Super Single Six .22 LR/Mag, bought around '95 or '96.

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roundoak, you got the finish on that one just right, the kind you can't buy in the stores downtown.

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