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Old September 23, 2011, 12:06 PM   #26
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LOL! The single six holds 6 rounds so you should be okay unless there's 7 guys! Regards, Dennis
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Old September 23, 2011, 04:47 PM   #27
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The Blackhawk is a fine handgun... but it would not be my first choice as as my only handgun. UNLESS all I did was hunt.
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Old September 23, 2011, 05:33 PM   #28
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Old September 23, 2011, 10:50 PM   #29
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I would not feel particularly under gunned with either my Ruger Blackhawk .45 Colt/.45 ACP convertible or my 10 mm/.38-40 convertible.
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Old September 24, 2011, 05:35 AM   #30
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If I could only have "one" gun, I wouldn't lose any sleep if I only had a Ruger Single action in either .22 (#1 choice of caliber, if restricted to only one), or a Blackhawk in .357 or .41 Mag. Of course, I'm allowed to keep my scattergun too..????
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Old September 24, 2011, 08:51 AM   #31
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Yes I could live with a single action as my only gun and it would be this Ruger 357 50th Anniversary.

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Old September 24, 2011, 10:05 AM   #32
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"Beware the man with only 1 gun! He probably knows how to use it well!"

Everybody today think a self defense pistol should be a hi-cap auto because they will be going up against a half-dozen highly trained ninja-zombies.

Most street punks can't shoot worth a darn , especially holding the pistol sideways.

I know one old timer who ownes only 2 pistols , a Colt SAA in 38/40 and a WWII 9mm Luger. And he can shoot both very well.

I certainly wouldn't feel doomed if all I had were a single-action revolver. Preferably my 4 5/8"bbl .41 mag New Model Blackhawk.
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Old September 24, 2011, 10:28 AM   #33
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I'd have no problem having an SAA as my only gun. Six rounds of .45 Colt is pretty convincing. I do carry my USFA SAA as a woods gun sometimes.
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Old September 24, 2011, 10:37 AM   #34
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The Ruger Blackhawk in .357 mag.....Stainless Steel.

Because I could also shoot .38 special and +P ammo if needed.

The gun is built like a tank..
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Old September 24, 2011, 10:49 AM   #35
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If I had to stick with only one, and it had to last the rest of my life, I'd actually prefer a SA revolver. More specifically, a Ruger NM BH or Vaquero in .45 Colt.

I had a sight fall off of a super BH while negotiating through some brush once at a most inopportune time, so I'd likely stick with the Vaquero. I can adjust the sight picture to accomodate the various loads I use. Heck, even with adjustable sights, I never re-sighted for various loads. I simply adjusted my aim to make 'em hit where I wanted.

Few parts to wear out or break, and they're easily replaced. Availability is good, and even aftermarket parts are easily obtained.

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Old September 24, 2011, 05:48 PM   #36
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Montado 45 & I actually do CCW it regularly.....
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Old September 24, 2011, 06:16 PM   #37
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If I had to stick with only one, and it had to last the rest of my life, I'd actually prefer a SA revolver. More specifically, a Ruger NM BH or Vaquero in .45 Colt.
I concur and prefer the bombproof simplicity of fixed sights.
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Old September 24, 2011, 06:53 PM   #38
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Folks always bring up that the Ruger has all coil springs. No doubt this is a better mechanical design than the original Colt leaf springs. (A coil spring is exactly the same as a leaf spring except that it's longer, so a given amount of spring deflection is spread over a much longer length of spring, which reduces fatigue and work hardening of the spring.)

The most commonly-broken spring in a Colt or Colt-clone SA was the hand spring.

I just bought a new Cimarron .45 Colt, and when I got it I stripped it down to give it a good inspection and cleaning. I discovered that it has a Ruger-like coil hand spring! (I also immediately ordered a spare spring, plunger, and retaining screw - those puppys are tiny, and I bet they can easily get away from you and get lost in the gun-spring-eating carpet in the man cave.)
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Old September 24, 2011, 06:57 PM   #39
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I like the Ruger's transfer bar which allows you to carry six-up safely. If the Stampede had gotten better reviews, I actually like it better as a carry gun.
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Old September 25, 2011, 05:03 AM   #40
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l would never feel undergunned w/single action revolver. Short of going to war 95% of us would be fully protected too. l once read about ALL the recorded shootouts by NYC police dept from 1854 til 1990 betwen them and bad guys. Avg shots fired-2.3 Avg yardage-2 First shot fired by police ended 80% of the fights

0f all handgun designs none compare to the speed of a SA for firing the first shot
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Old September 26, 2011, 12:56 AM   #41
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Not one of your choices, but consider the Blackhawk or Super Blackhawk. The .44 special is my favorite round. I have been shooting both Rugers for over 50 years.
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Old September 26, 2011, 08:55 AM   #42
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My new Bisley is on its way!

Just ordered a new Bisley Viquero last week. SS, 5.5 " barrel with pearl handles. I will be trading out the grips for a pair of woods. BTY if anyone is interested in the Ruger Pearls, let me know mruggiero48@yahoo.com
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Old September 26, 2011, 09:38 AM   #43
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I had a sight fall off of a super BH while negotiating through some brush once at a most inopportune time, so I'd likely stick with the Vaquero.
I read a post from a fellow on one of the forums quite some time ago, who said he removed the sight from his Blackhawk and used the "ears" and the front sight for a quick (and probably none too precise) fixed sight. I remember he said he had to file down the front sight somewhat. Not recommending it but something to remember in my view.
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Old September 26, 2011, 10:25 PM   #44
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I just ordered the 44 spcl Sheriff's model Ruger from Buds for a very reasonable price. They also have the longer barreled Lipsey special order in stock.
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Old September 26, 2011, 10:35 PM   #45
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An elderly friend of mine has a Colt copy from Italy that is over 62 years old. It is as solid as the day they made it. If you plan on getting into wild gunfights with terrorists as a special forces operator, perhaps a single action is not enough. But for citizen self defense, or a field pistol, it is absolutely reliable and effective. I have often thought that if I had to take one gun into the field with me it would be my Ruger Super Blackhawk in 44 Mag or my Ruger Vaquero in 45 Colt. They simply do not fail.
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Old September 27, 2011, 07:22 PM   #46
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Easy:

Ruger Blackhawk Convertible .45LC/.45 ACP with 4 5/8 barrel.
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Old September 27, 2011, 09:52 PM   #47
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Old September 27, 2011, 10:38 PM   #48
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In 1983 I bought my first single action revolver, a Ruger Blackhawk, 7.5" barrel, convertable. I currently own 10 Ruger single actions, Blackhawks, Super Blackhawk, Vaqueros a new Vaquero and a Super Single Six.

If I had to choose just one, it would be that original 7.5" Blackhawk, and I leave the .45 Colt cylinder in it all the time. It hits where I point, and I can ring the 200yd rifle gong offhand. One load, 250gr SWC over 10gr Unique. Clocks avg 1070fps from my gun, and does everything I have ever needed a revolver to do.

I do not care for the birdshead grip, and if you shoot anything over original .45 Colt blackpowder load levels, you won't either! OR at least I don't think you will.
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Old September 27, 2011, 10:53 PM   #49
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44 AMP In 1983 I bought my first single action revolver, a Ruger Blackhawk, 7.5" barrel, convertable. I currently own 10 Ruger single actions, Blackhawks, Super Blackhawk, Vaqueros a new Vaquero and a Super Single Six.

If I had to choose just one, it would be that original 7.5" Blackhawk, and I leave the .45 Colt cylinder in it all the time. It hits where I point, and I can ring the 200yd rifle gong offhand. One load, 250gr SWC over 10gr Unique. Clocks avg 1070fps from my gun, and does everything I have ever needed a revolver to do.

I do not care for the birdshead grip, and if you shoot anything over original .45 Colt blackpowder load levels, you won't either! OR at least I don't think you will.
If I could have but ONE gun for everything, and it had to be single action...I agree on the Blackhawk in 45 colt. My load is a 325 grain "ruger only" slug (ie, crimped in the groove, the bullet will only fit into a Ruger) over 23 grains of H110 for 1300fps, or seated over 13 grains of HS-6 for a mild shooting 1100 fps



This round is capable of taking care of all kinds of vermin...4 legged and two.

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Old September 28, 2011, 01:56 AM   #50
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no such thing

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