Ruger Blackhawk Choice

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by ozo, Apr 17, 2011.

  1. ozo

    ozo Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Nashville TN
    For the cowboy gun lovers here,
    If you had a choice ONLY between the
    Blackhawk Convertible .357/9mm & the
    Blackhawk Convertible .45lc/.45acp.....
    which sweet one would you choose ??
  2. Hawg

    Hawg Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2011
    Single Actions are my favorite but if I had to have a Ruger for a single action I'd do without one.

  3. ozo

    ozo Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Nashville TN
    I have many, but not a convertible.
    The grips[Ruger Blkhwk-Sngl6] are really too small for my hand,
    but I have grown accustomed to them.
    So your answer is 'neither' .
  4. the yooper

    the yooper New Member

    Jan 16, 2011
    hi ozo i love my blackhawk its in 44 but the answer to your? in my opinion would 45 lc ruger makes great guns and they are made in USA, i have 3 glocks love them allso butthey aint made hear:( o well i have a lot made hear 4 out of 60 aint to bad .foren countrys only got 4 :D:D:D
  5. garydude

    garydude Member


    I think that I would choose the 45, and only based on the capabilities of the round. But again, it would depend on what you want to do with it; target or sport hunting would make a difference for some (but not me- I like flinging big hunks of lead:))

    Sounds like a fun purchase either way!
  6. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    Too many possibilities. Guns are all about balance. I had a 45 convertible once. 4 5/8 barrel. Too short, balance sucked. If it had been 5 1/2 I'd probably still have it. If the guns you are looking at are Old Models, then the 357 is the smaller frame size. It balances good. If it's a New Model, then it is built on the 44 frame, and the balance again sucks. Hole is too small for that big a frame.

    I'd like to have a 357/9mm, if for no other reason than to use up any "oops" loads I made, that my autos don't like. But if it's a New Model frame I wouldn't get it. The 9mm advantage would not offset the 44-frame balance problems.

    So, an Old or New Model 5 1/2" or 7 1/2" .45, I'd get. An Old Model 6 1/2" .357 I'd get. Any other barrel length or frame size and I'd pass.
  7. ozo

    ozo Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Nashville TN
    I was thinkin' more of the 9mm and 45acp cylinders
    as I don't have any wheel guns for those calibers.
    I have the .357s-.45lcs-.44mags and I am pretty picky
    about not spreading myself around with boucoups of
    different calibers. Mostly only buy pistol or rifle that is
    compatible with calibers I already have, you know, that will interchange
    the ammo with the guns and reloading equipment, etc. [although
    I don't reload shotgun.]
    I was just thinkin' of the smaller rounds in a Blkhwk Convertible
    for just going out and shooting a s**t pot full, yet having the
    other cylinders available for the heavier stuff, if that makes sense ?
  8. ozo

    ozo Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Nashville TN
    Yeah, balance.
    My .30 carbine Blkhwk has nice balance,
    but it's a 7.5" bbl.
    I was thinkin' a 4 5/8" with the .45acp
    cylinder might balance well.
  9. Brisk44

    Brisk44 New Member

    Mar 6, 2011
    To answer the original question I would take the .45lc./acp. I could down load it for plinking or charge them up for what ever charge I need to get the job done. It would fill the bill for any need from target to hunting.
  10. Diamondback

    Diamondback Well-Known Member

    Think about this. If you reload then you know that the .38spl and the .357 mag. both use .357/.358 diameter bullets. The 9MM uses a bullet with a diameter of .355. The accuracy really sucks and keyholes are common. Most .45 Colts are bored to take .455 diameter bullets while the .45ACP uses .451 diameter. Again the bullet does not fit the barrel properly and your accuracy past 10 yds goes downhill.
    I have a Blackhawk .357 I bought in 1967, 6 1/2" and I love it. Balance is just about perfect and the accuracy is better than I can shoot, but I can hit a 9" pie plate 4 out of 6 at a hundred consistantly.
    Thought about a 9mm cylinder when Ruger offered one but decided not to when I considered the difference in bullet diameters.
    Needless to say this just my opinion, but shooting too small a bullet through your gun does not strike me as the proper way to treat a fine firearm.
  11. ozo

    ozo Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Nashville TN
    I shot silhouettes with a 3" Smith DA years ago.
    My all-time favorite caliber is/was .45lc
    It is just simply a sweet shootin' caliber.
  12. permafrost

    permafrost Active Member

    Feb 24, 2010
    Oklahoma, USA
    I'd go with the .357/9mm. Mainly because I'm a big fan of .357 mag. It would be my go to gun if I only had one. At 9mm prices I could do a lot more shooting than at 45 acp prices.
  13. ozo

    ozo Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Nashville TN
    That's a really strong point Diamondback.
    Could just as easily load down the lc and not worry about
    another cylinder.
    Funny as hell [you just reminded me].........
    Ghost Ranch-Georgia Okeefe area in '70-'71.......
    took my Ruger .357 that had accurate homeloads
    out turkey hunting......heard 'em, snuck up on 'em,
    fired, missed, ran after them, fired, missed, got pissed,
    headed back to truck, reloaded on the way.
    Now even more pissed, I had .38s in it !
    Ya, funny now.
  14. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    I would go with either the .45, or the .357, .45 for me, I like big!:D
  15. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    Just get you some new grips!
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