Blackhawk in 32-20

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Beauetienne

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I've searched the forum for 32-20 and found many references to 32-20 Buckeye models. Sweet revolvers.

I think I recently saw a BH in 32-20 at a local pawn shop.
Did Ruger make a BH in only 32-20, no 32 HMR cylinder?

If so, what is a good price for one? Are they rare?

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jodum

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Not that I know of. All the 32-20 Rugers I have ever seen are 30 carbine models that have had the cylinders bored for 32-20. I would really like to have one of these to go with my 5 other 32-20s.
 

flatgate

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The .32-20/.32 mag Blackhawks were Buckeye Sports exclusives. All have the Buckeye "flower" on the topstrap.

jodum,

Hmm, I'm not familiar with that conversion. The .32 cartridge is a "true" .32 calibre whereas the .30 Carbine is, IIRC, a .30 cal. bore......

I've NEVER encountered such a revolver, however out here in the "wilds of Wyomin' " we don't see many Rugers...

flatgate
 

chet15

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Ruger did make a few Vaquero Convertibles in the .32-20/32 Mag. with 4-5/8" and 5-1/2" barrels. They were a Davidson's exclusive.
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Beauetienne

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Thanks guys.

I'm going to return to that pawn shop. Guess it's a Buckeye. It looks pretty well worn on the exterior. Badly faded blue and some rough handling dings.

I'm going to check it out otherwise and maybe make an offer if it looks good mechanically.

Any suggestions as to price would be appreciated. I think they were asking $350.
 

weaselmeatgravy

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Well worn finish and missing the H&R cylinder, I would think $350 would be about top dollar. A NIB example would be double that.

In addition to the leaf on the topstrap, the Buckeyes also have the caliber rollmarked around the perimeter of the cylinder. And the rollmark on the side of the frame has the word "CONVERTIBLE". The serial number prefix on a .32 Buckeye will be 610.
 

Unconverted

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If you buy it you'll have a rare shooter: Most people bought these to collect not shoot. If the dings aren't too bad, no parts need to be replaced, and the bore and mechanics are good, the $350 figure is okay to start working down from. You just have to keep the reconditioning costs in mind when dickering.

The used gun value should hold up due to the rarity. And, you could shoot it for a while and get it refinished if you like it.

Buckeyes like this, unfired in the box (with the plastic bag and paperwork), with both cylinders, and with the outer shipping sleeve have been going for $600 to $700.
 

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chet15":m5qu9csn said:
Ruger did make a few Vaquero Convertibles in the .32-20/32 Mag. with 4-5/8" and 5-1/2" barrels. They were a Davidson's exclusive.
Chet15
Here a pair , sold the 32 HR cylinder for $200 . There worth more now then when they were NIB and I have less that $800 in the pair in the way you see them . They are super shooters and are fun to shoot in a match . .

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Jimbo357mag

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Cherokee":3fsx0kss said:
Here is my pair of 30 Carbine Rugers with 32-20 cylinders:
Ruger32WCFPair001.jpg

They are fun to shoot and very accurate, like my other 32-20's.

Cherokee, beautiful guns but was anything done to the barrels? (30 carbine=.308 dia. and 32-20=.312 dia.)

...Jimbo
 
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