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Old March 12th, 2017, 02:22 PM   #16
 
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I prefer the more traditional look of flutes, but love the un-fluted look with my stainless .41s.




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Old March 12th, 2017, 03:51 PM   #17
 
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Fluting reduces weight which is good for carrying but will increase recoil slightly. I like fluting from a stylistic point too, so my preference is for the cylinder to be fluted and have the frame heavy enough to manage recoil. I think Ruger got it spot on with the GP100.
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Fluted and not fluted, and a few other differences.


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I find both appealing. I recently bought a blued Bearcat Shopkeeper which comes with a fluted cylinder. It's kinda neat to see this configuration after decades of seeing them non fluted.

I recently had a Single Six converted to .327 with a new, non fluted, cylinder. I wanted it weighty with a very purposeful look. Even added a steel XR3 grip frame.

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That is quite a handsome revolver you have. Who did the work?

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One drawback I found with a fluted cylinder:

I had just reloaded my .45 Blackhawk and was still cradling the gun in my left hand. I closed the loading gate and began to cock the hammer when I felt a very sharp pain in my left hand. The rotating cylinder caught the flesh at the base of my thumb in the cylinder flute and was trying to roll it under the topstrap pinching it somewhat. That somewhat was enough to cause a sharp pain.

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Simple............non fluted. I like the look.



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Got both. Like both. Generally prefer unfluted on stainless guns and fluted on blued. If I like a particular gun the cylinder won't make or break the deal. However, I'm not a fan of the cheesy roll engraving on the new Blackhawk Bisleys. It just looks cheap IMO. I like the smooth clean finish of my unfluted SBH Bisley much better. YMMV.
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I prefer the fluted, but don't mind the unfluted. Strength is the same. Weight difference isn't enough to matter. Personal preference. Just like blued vs SS ... or plow handle vs. bisley.
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That is quite a handsome revolver you have. Who did the work?

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David Clements did the work. He did a really nice job.
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Ok, I'm looking at a Super Blackhawk in 44 mag. It has the NON FLUTED cylinder. Is the non fluted more desirable than the fluted? According to the owner it's circa 1981.
Bill Ruger was a traditionalist.

His first single six and Blackhawk was as close to the Colt 1873 SAA design as possible, albeit with improved action and spring designs/materials.

The Bearcat was true including smooth cylinder to the Remington cap and ball .31 cal. Pocket model except the spur trigger for safety.

The Super BH was true to the Colt Dragoon cap and ball 44 including smooth cyl, square back trigger guard, and large grip frame.
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I prefer the fluted, but don't mind the unfluted. Strength is the same. Weight difference isn't enough to matter. Personal preference. Just like blued vs SS ... or plow handle vs. bisley.
Nice to see I'm not alone in my thinking!!
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