5 shot .454 sbh?

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maxpress

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i have always wanted a freedom arms .454 knowing well it would be stocked with .45s most of the time unless i was in dangerous territory. but i havnt been able to part with the $1200.

just wonder what the market would be like if ruger put one in there lineup for about $750
 

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drew76":21nqd9br said:
I would think a 5 shot SBH or RH lineup in 45/454/480 would gain some attention.
Believe those are already available in the Redhawk. I think a .45 SBH is long overdue and a five shot Blackhawk would allow Ruger to chamber some BIG cartridges. Don't see why S&W should "own" the .50 cal market either After all, the .500 WE case is only 1.37" long (hint hint) :wink: ....FWIW, Dennis
 

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It can be done....

454_Casull.jpg
 

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Max
A 454 sure why not, Great if you are hunting bulldozers, cranes, armour cars, steamrollers..you know just the normal run of the mill stuff..Sorry I couldn't resist...
This is what I have learned,Life is short, get what makes you happy and post the pics here
 

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Chris":jrw6pkic said:
Max
A 454 sure why not, Great if you are hunting bulldozers, cranes, armour cars, steamrollers..
Chris, I agree. A nice tight chambered, properly throated/barreled .45 Colt SBH would do fine, don't need another couple hundred fps.....Lee, that's a beauty! Lemme guess....454? :wink:
 

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i agree that a stout .45 colt load will take about anything. .44/.45 is ussuall what i carry but i just like having options.

i dont NEEEED any more guns but i might feel alittle better if i had a .454. all it really is is more range. nothing is more aggravating than what you wanna pop being just beyond your comfotable range for that caliber.
 

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I don't need a .454, but I want one, and that's all the excuse this red neck needs. If Ruger will build it, I will definately buy it......but make mine a SA please. :wink:
 

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maxpress":2v36vybk said:
i have always wanted a freedom arms .454 knowing well it would be stocked with .45s most of the time unless i was in dangerous territory. but i havnt been able to part with the $1200.
Unfortunately, double that number and you're closer to the truth. I've been looking at FAs lately, and it's amazing how much they really cost. The MSRP on the website is only a base guideline...

But also from what I've learned, it would probably cost you a lot more than even that doubled figure to get a custom made one.

-- Sam
 

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I shot my F-A .454 yesterday. Shooting 335 grain bullets at a velocity around 1500 fps. It took several shots to get "my mind right" to control the gun.

Afterwards I shot a NM Blackhawk .45 Colt with 325's at 1150 fps. It felt like shooting a .32 mag..............

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maxpress":116j31at said:
i have always wanted a freedom arms .454 knowing well it would be stocked with .45s most of the time unless i was in dangerous territory. but i havnt been able to part with the $1200.

just wonder what the market would be like if ruger put one in there lineup for about $750

Actually that's just the problem with FA revolvers. Because FA builds tight tolerance revolvers, you would have to buy a separate cylinder to shoot .45 colts and another to shoot the .454 casulls. The reason for this is because of the carbon rings that would build up inside the cylinder from the .45 colts (in a .454 casull cylinder), could fracture the cylinder if you put .454 casulls through it, big pressure difference for such tight chamber openings. well that's what FA recommends anyway. Whereas in a ruger this would not be as much of an issue given current ruger tolerances.
 

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maxpress":2gw5044s said:
hey lee, ya just cant post that without giving us the name and address of the smith that did it :)

I built it. It's a 454 cylinder out of 17-4 stainless with 0.001" over chambers. The barrel is 1:22" Pac Nor and I installed a bolt bearing block on this conversion. It's seen over 5,000 rounds and is still tight.
 

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Lee Martin":ahg83rxu said:
maxpress":ahg83rxu said:
hey lee, ya just cant post that without giving us the name and address of the smith that did it :)

I built it. It's a 454 cylinder out of 17-4 stainless with 0.001" over chambers. The barrel is 1:22" Pac Nor and I installed a bolt bearing block on this conversion. It's seen over 5,000 rounds and is still tight.

Did you use a Hunter grip frame or is that a standard SS Blackhawk grip? I really like that little gun although I have to be honest I want a Bisley Hunter in 454 more as I am not sure if I am man enough to handle that gun you have with full power 454 loads!
 

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Lee Martin":l9lvly45 said:
It's a standard XR3-RED (recoil is brutal but it packs nicely).

Sounds like signature line material :wink:

I broke my wrist last spring and the 454 Super Redhawk with the added weight of the scope, rings, and mass of that gun hurts. If I tried to shoot your little hand cannon I am quite sure I would end un having that thing get away from me but yea, I bet it does pack nice (lol)! That certainly is a gun that would seperate the men from the boys and darn quick!
 

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Used FA 454's can be had for $1000-$1200, sometimes less, and are an incredible bargain IMO. While I personally have no desire for a 454 I always thought that buying one would be a great way into a high quality 45 Colt. Clean the chambers as we should and I would expect zero problems.
 

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I agree Boxhead. When it comes to the cost of converting a Ruger to 454, you can get a used 83. And no matter how hard you try, you can't equal FA quality on a Blackhawk frame.

BTW, don't forget the BFR in 454. They can be found for around $800 - $900.
 

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maxpress":3csn5iyu said:
i have always wanted a freedom arms .454 knowing well it would be stocked with .45s most of the time unless i was in dangerous territory. but i havnt been able to part with the $1200.
You'll need to be patient and keep your eyes peeled, but used Field Grade FA .454s can be had at auction for $1,200.(and up!) Luckily for you, that caliber seems center stage in the used FA field.....Dennis
 

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