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Old March 18th, 2017, 02:46 PM   #1
 
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Can I swap-out my two grip frames ?

My 1959 OM Blackhawk .44 mag 3-screw flattop has an XR3 grip frame on it.

My 1969 OM Single Six .22lr/.22mag 3-screw convertible has an XR3-RED grip frame on it.

Can I swap-out one GF for the other on each revolver without any fitting?

Is it a simple process?

Any "hazards" to avoid?

Can I switch them back afterwards?


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xr 3 to xr 3 no problem. xr 3 red to xr 3 red no problem the others can be switched with sometimes no problem and sometimes minor adjustment of screws to be a bit longer.
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Well, I successfully swapped-out the two grip frames and I am very pleased!

With the XR3-RED now on my .44 magnum I will have a better choice of grips down the road.

As you can see I have removed the Hogues and will keep my ole gal in this condition until I am actually out hunting - well maybe I won't use the Hogues at all now. I'll see how I handle recoil with the XR3-RED grip frame and wood panels...







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Yep, good choice. I put a Super Blackhawk grip frame on my flattop.
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If I'd known you had a post 1962 Single Six (before that all Rugers had XR3 grip frames), I'd have suggested it from the start.

I swapped my first grip frames about 52 years ago when I only had a 44 flat top (XR3)and a 1964 first year Super Single Six (XR3-RED), and that was the only two Rugers I owned.

The good news is the alloy grip frames are not fitted to the guns so the fits are all pretty much the same, good to mediocre. Therefore, the easiest swap there is; no fitting required.

All my single six size Rugers have XR3 grip frames, alloy or steel. Except a few with shortened barrels that have the 32 Mag Vaquerito short Xr3-RED steel frames.

Super Single Six old model with XR3 steel grip frame:



Single Six old model with 32 Mag Vaquerito short Xr3-RED steel frame:

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Yeah, it seems that the possibilities are almost endless.

I'm gonna take the 44 out today and see about the recoil and finger-bashing issue.

I'm hoping to be able to shoot well with the wood grips.

Thanks all!

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I'm gonna take the 44 out today and see about the recoil and finger-bashing issue.
Good luck.

While many find the XR3-RED to be a little more forgiving, writer Skeeter Skelton felt that it gave the trigger guard a "run at his knuckle" and stayed with the XR3 for most of his guns.

To each his own. Let us know what you think after you try it out.

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Good luck.

While many find the XR3-RED to be a little more forgiving, writer Skeeter Skelton felt that it gave the trigger guard a "run at his knuckle" and stayed with the XR3 for most of his guns.

To each his own. Let us know what you think after you try it out.

I started another thread with my thoughts after shooting it...
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