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Old March 14th, 2011, 08:09 PM   #1
 
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First Super Blackhawk

Hello All! i am going to buy a Super Blackhawk as my first revolver. I have a few questions. I have held the 7.5 inch one.. and it felt Great in my hand.. but i feel it is not pratical for my use.. all day woods carry gun. So i am looking at the 5.5 inch.. is the grip fairly similar?

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Old March 15th, 2011, 02:41 AM   #2
 
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It looks to me that the grip is the same, but the instruction manual has a different part number for the 7.5 and 10.5" barrel models.

Best bet here might be to send an email to Ruger for the correct answer. They are usually quick to reply.

I have the 7.5" SBH Bisley Hunter, and love it. I can see why it might be cumbersome for general carry. I think a 5.5" would be a super woods gun.

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Are you going to use the gun for hunting or just woods carry/protection? I prefer the shorter barrel, but I do not hunt. For accuracy and the best velocity, your longer barrel would be best (longer sight radius). You ultimately have to decide which will serve your interests best. Good luck on what ever you choose and remember, we want pics when you do get one.
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Well, im not going to use it as a primary hunting gun.. Im thinking more of a Protection/ Woods gun.
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Well, im not going to use it as a primary hunting gun.. Im thinking more of a Protection/ Woods gun.
I have had a SBH 7.5 incher since 1981 and I suggest the shorter barrel for your "Protection/ Woods gun" needs. The longer you carry the 7.5 incher, the heavier and longer it gets.
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My brother has the 5.5 sbh and he carrys it every day on the ranch as well as hunting and bear/woods defense. I prefer the even shorter 4.5/8, but the 5.5 is not a compromise in any area. It has great balance, nice sight radius, it is no heavier then my 4 5/8, is long enough to not roll out then carried, yet it doesn't slap against the thigh. I feel and he agrees that 5.5 is by far the most useful barrel length in a single action. If i was lucky enough to have a dedicated hunting handgun i would certainly have a 7.5 or longer sbh or the superb sbhh. Good luck!

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Having never fired a 44 mag in a 5.5 inch barrel.. how is the recoil? it cant be that bad.. 7.5 incher is almost dissapointing in my eyes..
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No, the grip frame and grips are not the same. The 7 1/2" and 10 1/2" models have the squared trigger guard (dragoon style), larger grip frames, and larger grips. The 5 1/2" and 4 5/8" models have the round trigger guard and are exactly the same as a Single-Six or Blackhawk. Take a look at post #3 by caryc in this thread: New Vaquero=XR3?
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I was aware of the dragoon style trigger guard difference.. im just trying to figure if the 7.5 fits my hand great.. will the 5.5 be much different?
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Having never fired a 44 mag in a 5.5 inch barrel.. how is the recoil? it cant be that bad.. 7.5 incher is almost dissapointing in my eyes..
I have a Super Blackhawk with a 5.5 inch barrel. I like it a lot but am still developing my ability to shoot it. So far I'm still a lot more accurate with my GP 100 .357 magnum. The recoil of the 5.5" SBH is significant, but certainly not unbearable. I do advise you not to put the thumb of your left hand over the thumb of your right hand and behind the hammer. Don't ask how I know, just don't do it!
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I was aware of the dragoon style trigger guard difference.. im just trying to figure if the 7.5 fits my hand great.. will the 5.5 be much different?
As Iowegan said the 5.5 grip frame is smaller. Here is a visual on the difference. The 4 5/8" & 5 1/2" guns have the XR3-RED grip frame on them. If you're in a gun shop try holding a regular Blackhawk [non flattop]. The regular Blackhawk has the same grip frame as the short barreled SBH.


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Regular Blackhawks are few and between here.. Seems as soon as they hit the shop there a gone within a day or two.. so i might just go with the 7.5 but im still not quite sure... would the Regular blackhawk be considered medium or large framed grip style?
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Regular Blackhawks are few and between here.. Seems as soon as they hit the shop there a gone within a day or two.. so i might just go with the 7.5 but im still not quite sure... would the Regular blackhawk be considered medium or large framed grip style?
Read Iowegan's post again. It tells you which Super Blackhawks have which grip frame.

The two short barreled Super Blackhawks have the same grip frame as the regular non flattop Blackhawks. This is the XR3-RED sized grip frame. It is also on the single six / Vaquero / Old Army.

regular Blackhawk = non Super Blackhawk. You can see in my drawing the three sizes of Ruger grip frames. In your line of thinking XR3 would be the small, XR3-RED would be the medium, Super Blackhawk would be the largest one.

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Ok, thanks! im just trying to think pratical.. im not going to use it as a primary hunting gun.. but i need it to fit my hand.. as i have medium- large sized hands.
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Ok, thanks! im just trying to think pratical.. im not going to use it as a primary hunting gun.. but i need it to fit my hand.. as i have medium- large sized hands.
No one can tell you what is going to work for you. It is strictly a personal feel type of thing.
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