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This is a discussion on Ruger Rhinoplasty Redux within the Ruger Single Action forums, part of the Pistol & Revolver Forum category; Originally Posted by Rick R2 What type of custom grips are you thinking about? Just some nice wood panels with Ruger medallions. Nothing exotic or ...


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Old February 23rd, 2017, 03:39 PM   #16
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What type of custom grips are you thinking about?
Just some nice wood panels with Ruger medallions. Nothing exotic or super expensive but nicely done with a good fit to the frame. The white grips are stock Eagle panels and they're not bad but I prefer some interesting wood versus faux ivory plastic. There aren't a lot of off the shelf grip panels for the birdshead frame so it seems custom is the way I'll go.



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I did consider it - either using an empty 22 case or fabricating something from aluminum bar stock. But then I saw the hybrid trigger Clements sells and I really like the way it fits the wider NM grip frame trigger slot. Plus it's a drop in and I'm easily convinced to be a bit lazy. But the other approach would have been a little easier on the budget and more of a resourceful/DIY approach, which I can appreciate.

. . . and a snap to make for someone with your obvious talents.

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Those boidheads are really growing on me. Superb job you did there and it is a handsome one of a kind.
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Nice! I like seeing your work.
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Wave you have done a Bang Up job(pun intended) on both. Keep it up. I love my Birdhead Vaquero in 44 mag. I hope to build a Blackhawk in .357 3.75 barrel and Birdhead Grip soon.
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It really looks nice. You did a great job.
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... I love my Birdhead Vaquero in 44 mag. I hope to build a Blackhawk in .357 3.75 barrel and Birdhead Grip soon.
The 3.75" barrel birdshead in 357 is a great idea and one that you just about have to make up yourself. For whatever reason Ruger doesn't offer one even though whenever the idea comes up for discussion there's always a chorus of "I want one!" around here. Closest thing is the Montado New Vaquero with the plow handle grip and you could always swap grip frames on one of those.

I have to finish the front sight on mine. It was actually the first grip frame conversion I did and I finished it up except for the front sight. It's a New Vaquero so I want to keep the factory front sight blade. After doing that with this old Single Six I think I'm ready to tackle that on the New Vaquero.

Good luck on your project. Are you planning on converting an old model or new model Blackhawk?
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("Are you planning on converting an old model or new model Blackhawk? ")
Depends on what I find for a project gun . I'll be checking for a used one .
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Really nice, I love custom stuff. Custom evrything....heck I'd customize my life if'n I could afford the parts...
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I bought a front sight and screw with the idea to simply drill, tap and mount up a new style front sight but it looked really tall sitting there plus it would sit on top of the end of the rollmark (these early guns have the Ruger rollmark on top of the barrel.) After a lot of indecision I decided to attempt to mill a new slot on the top and reuse the original front sight. Glad I did - I think it looks good that way and it keeps the old rollmark intact.





As before I'm indebted to Hondo44 for his inspiration and advice - thanks Jim. The plan is to swap out the trigger for the Clements trigger, tweak a few details and send it out for a reblue. Custom grips are in the plan too.
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I think you did a superb job. Especially the front sight work!

I never liked the Ruger Birdshead grip. I prefer the original Colt Lightning Birdshead shape.

So I cut the back strap and butt strap off of a new model Ruger XR3 steel grip frame leaving the spring mount, and drilled and tapped a hole at the bottom of the front grip strap toe. Inserted the back strap of a Cimarron Lightning grip frame (also known as Thunderer in the large caliber guns) and screwed it together. The top two holes of the back strap align with the Ruger holes. The butt screw went into my new hole drilled and tapped in the front bottom end of a piece of butt strap left on the Ruger front strap.

You can see the excess metal on the Ruger XR3 front strap to be removed. Or just make a new set of grips to fit the new grip frame size. That’s what I’m planning to do. If you start with the more common XR3-RED grip frame, you will not need to remove any metal from the front grip strap, the one piece grip fits almost perfectly.



It went thru several iterations:

It started out as a .22 convertible with a damaged 9 1/2" barrel. I cut it to 3 1/2". I resurfaced the front face of the frame to remove the rough milling machine marks so typical on the Rugers of this vintage, which allowed turning the barrel an extra 1/4 turn. The barrel rollmark is now on the left side so it wasn't covered by the front sight. A Super Single Six NM ramp front sight has been screwed on and filed lower to shoot to point of aim. I preferred it with the windage adjustable rear sight.


I originally used the steel short grip frame from the NM 32 Mag single six ‘Vaquerito’ (shown above) for proportion with the short barrel and for easy packin'.

Then I switched to the Birdshead grip.
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That's the version that grabbed my interest and became my inspiration. You're the guru - thanks again for your help and support and the kind words regarding my own efforts.
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I picked up a '55 SingleSix Mutt today (kinda rough $175)..gonna make me one of these.

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I picked up a '55 SingleSix Mutt today (kinda rough $175)..gonna make me one of these.
Nice find and a fun project. Post up some photos as you go along.
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These look great, can anyone give me contact info for someone to re blue a revolver.
It's a colt python if it matters.
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