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Been a while since I have owned a Blackhawk, but seeing 357 Mag in a shop a few days ago for a reasonable price has me thinking it may be fun. The last ones I owned were a pair of Bisleys one in 22lr and the other in 45 Colt. They were fun but I ended up trading them off for something and now kind of have an itch for a single action revolver again. I did not see any recent threads about them so thought I'd start one up. So where's the love? or are single action revolvers 'not cool' enough to even talk about anymore........


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Would never be without one, just beware of the quality of the newer Ruger products.......had some bad luck with the last few revolvers I bought new.

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I have a couple. The 4 5/8” 357 I picked up ages ago for $125 after it had been abused and left to rust and pit. I cleaned it up and got rid of the rubber grips but left it rough to be an under the pickup seat gun. It’s always ready and never skipped beat no matter what you throw at it. Also happens to be one of the most accurate handguns I’ve ever owned, my buddy was pissed when I repeatedly outshot him with his prewar K38 one morning at the range.

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For no particular reason, I've never had much interest in single-action revolvers. I've only had four I can think of offhand. One was a Single Six convertible that my brother borrowed 20 or 25 years ago and I haven't seen since except on his hip. Another was a like-new, New Model Blackhawk .357 mag that a friend waved in front of me for an extremely attractive price in the mid-90's. I sent it to my son when he was stationed at Whidbey Island and that he sent back after he bought a Beretta 96. Last year it was one of a number of items I threw together for my grandsons when I went out to visit him in Missouri. It has been taking up space here for 20 years or more without ever having been fired. Finally, there are two more single-actions here. One is a Colt New Frontier convertible with .22 lr and .22 Mag cylinders that, again, I seldom use. The other is a three-screw Blackhawk in .30 Carbine. It's pretty beat up, but it shoots like a sumbitch. It's also got a ferocious muzzle blast. Lately I've been thinking about sending it to Ruger for a factory refurbish. Other than a few belonging to friends that I've fixed and/or played with, that's about my experience with single-action revolvers. I really like my Smiths.



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I had a stainless Blackhawk in .357 Magnum back in the 1980s, 4.6" barrel length. Cool guns. Not a thing wrong with them as working guns on a farm, ranch, camping, hunting, etc.. A lot right, in fact. I just had little use for it, so sold it after a few years.


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Slap on a Super frame (dragoon) and theyre tolerable.

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When, if any bugs are worked out I consider a NMBH to be one of the most dependable & hardy handguns made. One or a few will remain with me till I'm gone.

If for some accident they get away from me & I'm still able to use one, another BH will be purchased as soon as I'm able.

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Sure! Nothing wrong with a trusty ol Blackhawk. I have one I bought cheap in the early 90’s had a gunsmith buddy re-blue it for me, and I made a set of pretty Sumac grips for it. I have other everyday carry pistols/revolvers that see more use lately, but occasionally it’ll get toted for old times sake. Great workhorse revolvers in my opinion.

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I've had five Blackhawks, a .41, a couple of .44s and a couple of .45 convertibles. All of them shot well, but none of them "stuck", for some reason or another, I swapped them off for "something else". I have nothing bad to say about them, but they lacked the pizzazz I was looking for.

That said, I'm not saying I'll never buy another one, but it will have to be something that really speaks to me.


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Originally Posted by hookeye
Slap on a Super frame (dragoon) and theyre tolerable.


I have a Bisley .480 that beats the heck out of me no matter how I grip it. On the other hand, my super blackhawk with Hogue grips is a pleasure to shoot. I see no other option but to change the grip frame or get rid of it. So, are you suggesting a super Blackhawk frame and is it a do it yourself? Mine is stainless steel.. Thanks!


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I bought a 4 5/8" stainless super Blackhawk 44 mag about 5 years back. Thought I liked the gun, until I bought a 2-3/4" S&W m69. After that, the Ruger seemed to get left at home. I stuck a bisley frame on the ruger, That was a game changer. I leave the Smith at home for the most part anymore

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I had a 44 Mag Blackhawk for a while but sent it down the road. Not sure if the timing was bad on it or what, but it always shot low left a substantial amount no matter what I did. Handed it off to others to shoot and same results. On top of that, the darned noise was intolerable. Even with muffs on it hurt my ears like hell to shoot that thing... Hated to get rid of it since it was in perfect condition and had a nice Lawrence holster and belt that came with it...


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I dig em.


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My dad had .357 and .45 blackhawks, short and long in each, all stainless.
He put Super frames on all of them.

I had an old model Blackhawk.and hated it.
Dumped it and went 3 screw Super. Groundhogs disliked it greatly.

Ever since then, its been 44 mag Rugers. Couple.more OM and NM.

But i like Smith 629s way more.

Only Ruger handgun I have now is my dads brass frame Super. The ej rod housing was loose so I got a new steel one from BRC.
Might pop a deer with it and then just leave in the safe

Didnt buy any of the stainless NM w Super frames from the estate. They all had the billboard warnings on side of bbl.

And that really pizzes me off. Newer versions have it underside and less annoying

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I love them for their strength……however, I can’t shoot them worth a darn! memtb


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I bought mine, a 6 1/2 " barrel .357, along with a heavy leather western quick draw holster and belt for $85 at a pawn shop in Lawton, OK back in 1970 when I just got home from Vietnam and was stationed at Ft Sill. I made a lighter leather belt holster for it and carried it in the woods for many years until I got my first .44 magnum revolver.


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I have an original 3 screw .44mag 6 1/2 " I got from my FIL as a wedding present. He said he thought it was 1958 or 1959. It was FIL's brother's. WW2 Army Air Corp/Air Force pilot that died of cancer before he could retire to Alaska. It is unmodified and was probably unfired when I got it a few years ago. I fixed the unfired part.


I love it. I should shoot it more often. Seems like the 9mm gets all the range time. There are cool .22s and .38 specials in the safe that need some love too.


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So the Super Blackhawk grip frame is better because it's larger?


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I have 3 Blackhawks. Each hold a special place in my life.

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