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Old April 10th, 2011, 12:00 PM   #1
 
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Hello to all. I'm new to this form. I have a "Buckeye Distributors Special Issue" new model Blackhawk in 38-40/10mm caliber. Is there anything particularily "special" about it? It certainly is an excellent single action.

My Ruger experience is limited to shooting several single actions, a 10/22 and a Mini 14. Also, I reload 38-40's & 10mm's. Thank you kindly for any feedback.



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Old April 10th, 2011, 12:18 PM   #2
 
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They were a limited run of 5000, there was also a run of 32/20 32H&R. They were made in 1989 and 1990. I can't remember right now which was first but if you bought one of the first runs you were offered first dibs on the matching serial #. My brother and I have a matched pair we bought together he's got the 32. They do bring a pretty good premium.
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I have both Buckeye specials. 32 came first, December, 1989 and 38 in August, 1990. Matching serial numbers except prefix of course.
I had the 32 H&R cylinder rechambered by Bowen for the 327 Mag, so can shoot that as well as the shorter 32's. I like the 38WCF and have a USFA in that caliber as well. Do not have any use for the 10mm, but am saving the cylinder for some other 40 Caliber?
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Thanks for the answers and info from mavracer, mhblaw and james6591.
Other than as a solid and accurate shooter, the Buckeye Specials appear to have more interest than standard revolvers only if you have a pair with matched serial numbers. I did notice, however, that this one has a steel grip frame, a steel ejector rod housing and a blue finish that seems more polished than my other Ruger single actions. These extras must have been requested by the Buckeye folks.
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Don't know if an extra cylinder could be made for these revolvers that would fit the .401 Herters PowerMag but if it could and the bore dimensions were right you would have a rear barn burner...

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That ,38-40 win./10 mm. Buckeye is a good one to hold on to. The .38-40 can be loaded to close to .41mag performance with a 180 grain bullet cruising to 1580 at the muzzle. You have a .40 mag in your hands there. Its a good base for custom pistol-smiths. Lee Martin has a good article on this revolver.
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Thanks welder, I'll check it out.
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My thanks to 78cj5 for the kind welcome.
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In 1988 I bought a brand new Ruger Single Six Buckeye Special chambered in .32/20 Winchester, with an extra cylinder chambered for .32 H&R Magnum. The Tag in the box states that the revolver is a run of only 500 guns. Mine has a serial number of 209. It has the buckeye logo engraved in the topstrap over the cylinder. I had also heard that these were the first run of the 32-20 / 23 H&R mag convertible 'Single Six' revolvers. I Believe the later run of the .32 convertibles paired with the .38-40 / 10mm convertibles were Blackhawk revolvers. Mine is labled as a 'Single Six on the box also. If anyone could verify this info, it would be appreciated. My gun has never been fired and the cylinders have never even been spun. The gun shop had 2 in stock #s 208 and 209. I flipped a coin with my buddy for the lower number, but I lost the toss and wound up with 209. Later I found out he traded #208 off and it was sold off. Had I known, I would have grabbed it to have the consecutive pair....Oh, Well?
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My only experiance with 38-40 is with my Winchester 73 which I also reload for, wish I had a blackhawk that cal. to go with it.
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In 1988 I bought a brand new Ruger Single Six Buckeye Special chambered in .32/20 Winchester, with an extra cylinder chambered for .32 H&R Magnum. The Tag in the box states that the revolver is a run of only 500 guns. I had also heard that these were the first run of the 32-20 / 23 H&R mag convertible 'Single Six' revolvers. I Believe the later run of the .32 convertibles paired with the .38-40 / 10mm convertibles were Blackhawk revolvers. Mine is labled as a 'Single Six on the box also. If anyone could verify this info, it would be appreciated.
The Buckeye convertible revolver is a Blackhawk large frame. The .32 Single Six Magnum is a .22 frame size and was not a convertible; .32 H&R cylinder only (32-20 is too long for it's frame) and was introduced in 1984. So it preceeded the Buckeye by 4 years and is not connected to it in anyway. It's always been a regular production item, not a distributor exclusive like the Buckeye.
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