Super Blackhawk out of the fire

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by Helix_FR, Sep 28, 2012.

  1. Helix_FR

    Helix_FR Active Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    Imperial, MO
    about a month ago I had a gentleman bring in his beloved Super Blackhawk old model that was very damaged in a house fire. His 1100 that he brought too was a total loss. Most was water and smoke damaged. It never got hot enough to change the temper of the steel but it was pitted and eroded throughout. Well after a week of constant work, its back to its close to original glory.
     

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  2. DixieLandMan

    DixieLandMan Member

    804
    Oct 18, 2011
    Alabama
    That cleaned up really nice. Nice looking pistol.
     

  3. ozo

    ozo Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Nashville TN
    Start with a good pistol.......:)
    Looks good now, I bet the owner was ecstatic.
     
  4. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2008
    West Tennessee
    I have a super blackhawk, and it does not have the cylinder flutes.
    I bought it back in the mid-60's -

    GREAT restoration!
    Man, I would CRY if mine went through that damage!
     
  5. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2008
    West Tennessee
    Never mind -
    I just noticed this was the .357 and not the .44
     
  6. Double D

    Double D Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    North Florida
  7. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    Top notch work Eric. Beautiful job!
     
  8. Country101

    Country101 Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2004
    NW AR
    If I remember correctly, it only has to heat up to about 400* to lose temper. Unless he is very sure, I would use caution. It wouldnt take long or necessarily have to have been very close to the flame to get to that temp.


    Very nice work though.
     
  9. dad2thebone

    dad2thebone New Member

    Jul 10, 2011
    I'll bet he was one happy guy. I just looked at one but it was 357 and i dont have a use for one. good job cleaning it up.
     
  10. BETH

    BETH Well-Known Member

    Jul 10, 2009
    naugatuck,Ct.
    wow nice job
     
  11. gvw3

    gvw3 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Oct 16, 2011
    Chicago IL Area
    I have a 44 mag Super Blackhawk and it has the cylinder flutes. Most of them don't.
     
  12. Helix_FR

    Helix_FR Active Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    Imperial, MO
    If it got above 300 the grips would char. The grips are original. Its mostly water and soot damage.
     
  13. hunter29180

    hunter29180 Well-Known Member

    All I can say is you did a Outstanding Job!!
     
  14. great job helix,and yes your right about temp.i had to do one of my own many years ago. old semperfi
     
  15. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    The short barreled revolvers of 5 1/2" have the fluted cylinders. They also have the smaller XR3-red grip frames with the round trigger guards. These smaller SBHs are seen more as "general packin' guns" and critter defense guns over the longer-barrel "hunting types".
     
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