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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 9:36 am 
Hawkeye

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When Ruger announced the Blackhawk .357 Magnum and its 4 5/8" barrel, I thought it was the most handsome handgun ever made. This in 1958. And as the years rolled (And rolled. And rolled. And rolled......) by, I still am of that persuasion. Though I've bought, and shot many Single Actions over the years, that barrel just to the end of the extractor has always appealed to me. And shooting has never changed my thinking.

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Do y'all think I might have overdone it?


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 10:04 am 
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Bob Wright wrote:
When Ruger announced the Blackhawk .357 Magnum and its 4 5/8" barrel, I thought it was the most handsome handgun ever made. This in 1958. And as the years rolled (And rolled. And rolled. And rolled......) by, I still am of that persuasion. Though I've bought, and shot many Single Actions over the years, that barrel just to the end of the extractor has always appealed to me. And shooting has never changed my thinking.

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Do y'all think I might have overdone it?


Bob Wright




No Bob. You have several real nice Rugers. I have a short bbl. 357 Blackhawk #1064 that shows wear from many years, but I would never have it redone. I also have a short bbl. Colt SAA 45 from 1906 that I did have nickeled many years ago, and wish I hadn't. The short bbl. Colts seem to bring a premium and the Rugers seem to follow that trend. Again, you have a very nice collection there. Big Larry


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 10:22 am 
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Those are the guns that Ruger should have been making all along. :wink: Just for a note, Ruger started making that barrel length in .357 mag. in 1955.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 10:26 am 
Hawkeye

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I have some myself.
https://i.postimg.cc/jdPGjsTr/Colt-SAA- ... pecial.jpg
https://i.postimg.cc/NfnRYH27/Uberti-P-0795.jpg
https://i.postimg.cc/prMc159F/Colt-SAA-LAP-8015.jpg
https://i.postimg.cc/tg0rgV5m/Ruger-sin ... 004687.jpg


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 11:22 am 
Hawkeye

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street wrote:
Those are the guns that Ruger should have been making all along. :wink: Just for a note, Ruger started making that barrel length in .357 mag. in 1955.


It was sometime in 1956 that I first heard of it. Seems my first was buying the 1956 Gun Digest.

Bob Wright


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 12:25 pm 
Hunter

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Those are the guns that Ruger should have been making all along.
I agree. I do like the CC finish and wish all my 'blued' SA revolvers were so completed. Quite a nice collection of shooters there. Bob.

I don't mind the 4 5/8", but I do prefer the 5 1/2". Ruger via Lipseys finally came out with the adjustable sighted .357 flattop in 5 1/2". In my mind, proper frame size and proper length for the cartridge.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 1:24 pm 
Hawkeye

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I have one of those 5 1/2" Lipseys in .44 special.
https://i.postimg.cc/B6Z7wvHt/Ruger-44- ... -23413.jpg


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 2:26 pm 
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Of all the handguns I own this one seems to balance better than any. I think that contributes to it's being not only one of the most accurate, but my favorite centerfire.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 7:55 pm 
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My favorite length, too, Bob. Ever since my first single action, an old model .45 convertible that I quickly had rebarreled to 4 5/8".


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:12 am 
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My favorite shorty. Very scarce "Star" single cylinder. Big Larry

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 1:51 pm 
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Those are some nice sixguns, all sporting the best barrel length! :mrgreen:

I could probably live with the 5.5", but I agree with you, same length as the ejector rod is my favorite.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:33 pm 
Hawkeye

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I like this 3 1/2" Cimmeron Thunderer. I have owned it almost 35 years. It has .45 colt and ACP cylinders. Once seen a Colt SAA just like it. The Colt was nickle, ivory grips and fire blued screws. That was the prettiest single action colt I ever seen.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:29 pm 
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I'm a shorty fan, myself.........

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2020 3:45 am 
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bogus bill wrote:
I have one of those 5 1/2" Lipseys in .44 special.
https://i.postimg.cc/B6Z7wvHt/Ruger-44- ... -23413.jpg

I would love to have one of those! Still available?


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2020 10:15 am 
Hawkeye

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I dont know. Bought mine about six or more years ago. Hardly shot it. Someday I may sell it as I own these other six .44 specials. Two colts and four smiths. I aint sure how that happened. Read too much Skeeter.
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