Ruger Blackhawk Choice

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

  1. Sandman

    Sandman New Member

    Jun 17, 2009
    .357, .38 and 9mm all through the same gun? That would be my choice without even having to think about it!
  2. Tom

    Tom Member

    Nov 18, 2004
    The easy answer is both. I have stainless convertibles in both .45 Colt/.45 ACP and .357/9mm. The problem for the .45 wasn’t .455” throats, but .450” throats. Fortunately a reamer takes care of that. Accuracy was greatly improved. Both the .45 Colt and .45 ACP take .451-.452” bullets, so all is right with the world. I also had my .45 ACP cylinder modified to take .45 AR. At the range I mostly use .45 AR, in both the Ruger and S&Ws.

    .357 does have an issue with small, 9mm bullets. The throats of both my .357 and 9mm chambers are .358”. That should be way too large for 9mm, but at least elchepo CCI Blazer 9mm shoots nearly as well as the .357 shoots. I was really surprised. I wasn’t expecting that level of accuracy.

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  3. Blackhawk Dave

    Blackhawk Dave New Member

    Nov 20, 2008
    Denton, TX
    The .357. Ammo's cheaper and if all you're doing is target shooting, why spend the money on the bigger ammo? Besides, you'll be quicker back on target with a .357 than with a .45. As to balance, mine are great. Got a larger grip on the right-hand, smaller grip on the left, lets me shoot dualist if I want.
  4. 452 shooter

    452 shooter New Member

    Aug 30, 2009
    I owned a 4 5/8" convertable in 357/9mm mainly for the use of the 357. The 9mm was more of a novelty item and shot OK but no where near the level of accuracy of the 357. In fairness I didn't shoot any reloads with better quality bullets in the 9mm. Although when I did sell the convertable the buyer really liked the idea of having the 9mm too.

    To surmise , if I was buying with the revolver round as my main shooter I would (and did) choose 357/9mm. If I were buying with the auto round taking priority I would go with 45LC/45ACP.
  5. dgdelta

    dgdelta New Member

    May 5, 2007
    I bought the OM Blackhawk, 45 Colt, 4 5/8 about 40 years ago and it remains my favorite handgun. It is lighter to carry than the 357 or 44 due to the alloy grip frame and the amount of steel removed for 45 cal. I love the balance. It's very accurate...puts them all in the black even with tri-focals.:)
  6. roaddog28

    roaddog28 New Member

    Jul 28, 2009
    I am glad Ruger offers either choice. I have a NM 357/9mm 4 5/8 and love it. It is my all around revolver. I always have a option with this revolver when I go to the range. I have had good results with the 9mm round. I shoot between 10 to 15 yds and accurately is quite good. I suppose accurately would suffer at over 20 yds but I seldom shoot that distance. For me the 357/9mm works good. If I did reload I probably would buy the 45LC/45ACP model. But for fellows like me who don't reload the 357/9mm makes sense.

  7. ozo

    ozo Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Nashville TN
    Yeah YOOP.....
    the .357 .........and forget the 9mm altogether. :cool:
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