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Jason280_2

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I know this is a Ruger site, but I figured you guys would enjoy this revolver. I picked this up in trade today, and she is a beauty. Gun started as a Magnum Research BFR .45 Colt that was sent to Magnaport. There she was given 4 trapezoidal ports and an action job, as well as the velvet honing to the hammer/trigger and polished rings fore and aft of the unfluted cylinder.

This is my first experience with the BFR, and I am impressed. All screws are hex head, this one has a five shot cylinder, and utilizes standard Ruger single action grips. While I am not a big fan of ported guns, I think I can make an exception on this one! Now, I just need to load up some 250gr hardcast bullets and hit the range!

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JimMarch1

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If I understand BFRs correctly, that's an older one that's more "Rugerish" than the later variants. (Either way, Ruger's Pine Tree Castings cast the frame!)

I think that's one of the guns that can take a lot of Ruger parts including an entire Bisley conversion if desired.
 

two bit okie

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I look at that and read the loads. My neck pops, my knees dont work, and my hands and fingers grate now, that cannon would probablly put in a body cast.
 

claydoctor

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Nice gun and one way to get around the cylinder ring problem. Sort of a pre-emptive strike.
 

Jason280_2

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Bear Paw Jack":392ljzrb said:
I can do without the magnaporting but that is really nice.

I agree, I have never been a fan of porting. Then again, considering what I have in it, I can learn to love it!
 

Jason280_2

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Yes, they are very bulky. Imagine a brick with a pistol grip and a single action trigger, and you are somewhat close. Nevertheless, they are very accurate and seem to be well made. Recoil isn't as bad as you would expect, mainly because it is so friggin' big (and is gas operated).
 

Onty

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Majority of those who shoot extensively Desert Eagle stressed its accuracy. However, this pistol is for jacketed bullets only, cast ones are NO-NO, my friend knows that too well...
 

tek4260

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I cant seem to find a 45 Colt BFR, but I think I see the marking on your barrel that says 45. Is it possibly a 454? Or maybe started life as a 454? My google searches for a straight 45 come up empty.
 

Jason280_2

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My searches have turned up the same. It is not a converted .454 Casull, and the barrel is marked ".45 LC". I honestly cannot provide a lot of history on the gun, as I am not the original owner. Cylinder OAL is 1.750", compared with 1.700" of my Bisley. I am not sure what the OAL is for a standard Casull cylinder, but should be a bit longer considering the max OAL length for the .454 is 1.765".

Interesting enough, though, is the fact this gun utilizes a 5-shot cylinder. This suggests the cylinder may have have started as a Casull, but was shortened for the Colt cartridge.
 

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