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Old March 12th, 2017, 04:59 AM   #1
 
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Fluted or unfluted

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.



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The desireability is a personal preference but the majority of 44 Mag SBH have the non-fluted cylinder. A 44 Mag SBH with a fluted cylinder would be the more uncommon example.

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Just looking at the current offerings on Ruger's website above you can see that most are non-fluted.
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The extra weight of the unfluted cylinder would make for a better shooter I would imagine. I personally love the look of an unfluted cylinder.
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The desireability is a personal preference but the majority of 44 Mag SBH have the non-fluted cylinder. A 44 Mag SBH with a fluted cylinder would be the more uncommon example.

Ruger® New Model Super Blackhawk® Standard Single-Action Revolver Models

Just looking at the current offerings on Ruger's website above you can see that most are non-fluted.
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The extra weight of the unfluted cylinder would make for a better shooter I would imagine. I personally love the look of an unfluted cylinder.
That's what drew me to it. The simple lines ... Thanks
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Strictly a personal preference, not really a functional one. Me, I much prefer the traditional fluted, so that's one of several factors that made me choose the 5 1/2" SBH and the 44 Mag Vaquero Birdshead. Don't miss that hit of extra weight on the non-fluted, at all.

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Yep, I like the traditional groove look as well. I'm sure it was originally a machining cost savings to go smooth and now a sales ploy to offer grooves.
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The unfluted cylinder is what made me want mine but like everyone said, totally personal preference. I kinda wish the .44 Alaskan had an unfluted cylinder



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I'll agree with personal preference.
Sometimes the unfluted looks a little unfinished, or industrial to me.
However it never stop me from getting one if the rest of the gun is nice or what I was looking for.
Here is a fluted version of a new vaquero in 45 Colt.
It just looks a little more traditional or detailed to my eye.
Don't think you can go wrong either way.
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I actually like the LOOK of fluted cylinders . . but in the case of my .22 HUNTER COMBO the cylinders are Fluted and Non-Fluted to identify the LR vs MAG . .
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My Ruger Super Redhawks are identical in every way except the .44Mag on bottom is FLUTED and the ,45LC/.454Casull on top is NON-FLUTED...

Looking at this picture I like the FLUTED LOOK better . . .


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I should add that I also have SAs with unfluted cylinders and lack of fluting on a cylinder has never stopped me from buying gun I otherwise liked. For sure, the original Super Blackhawk wouldn't be the same with a fluted cylinder or, for that matter, the dragoon grip and all. Every time I think Super Blackhawk to this day, this is what I see. Very much a walk down memory lane for me.

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I should add that I also have SAs with unfluted cylinders and lack of fluting on a cylinder has never stopped me from buying gun I otherwise liked. For sure, the original Super Blackhawk wouldn't be the same with a fluted cylinder or, for that matter, the dragoon grip and all. Every time I think Super Blackhawk to this day, this is what I see. Very much a walk down memory lane for me.

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This Blackhawk .45 is one I set up as near to a Super Blackhawk as I wanted. Gives you some idea of a Super Blackhawk with a fluted cylinder:



And this .45 set up in similar fashion but with a non-fluted cylinder, its a "usta be" Bisley:



I do like that Dragoon grip!

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The extra weight of the unfluted cylinder would make for a better shooter I would imagine. I personally love the look of an unfluted cylinder.
Right because that amount of weight is such a noticeable amount.
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Desirable as in worth more money, collectable, or as a feature?
As to money or collectable, I couldn't say.
As to a working feature, there are pros and cons
Fluted.
Slightly lighter and gives a better grip on the cylinder for reloading. Also provides an index point when reloading. On a revolver with a swing out cylinder I feel fluting is a useful feature.
Fluting is an additional process in manufacturing a gun which adds to cost.
Non fluted is slightly heavier and is maybe stronger. Both useful in more powerful loadings. Usually found on revolvers with a loading gate where thumb and fingers have better control of the cylinder for reloading.
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