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Old July 5th, 2011, 07:10 PM   #1
 
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accurize your Ruger?

What have you done to make your Blackhawk shoot better.
I'm thinking new base pin-ream throats-power custom cylinder latch.
anything else you can do?maybe reset the cylinder gap?
Thanks for any ideas-TBH



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Old July 5th, 2011, 08:43 PM   #2
 
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Practice...

Maybe I am just lucky, but with good ammo they are spectacular groupers out of the box off a bench rest. All of mine are way more accurate than I am.
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Good ammo is a start. My Blackhawk could shoot better than I ever could.
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I am very happy with the accuracy of my .44 Special, Flattop right out of the box. I am planning on fire-lapping the bore to reduce leading.

If that doesn't work, maybe I send it out for Taylor Throating.
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If you are using the correct bullet hardness for given .44Spec load and it is leading, then firelapping should take care of your problem. My .44Spec shooting Skeeter loads doesn't lead (bullets are 12-15BHN 240g SWCs) so I haven't went the firelapping route with it ... yet. I probably won't as it shoots better than I can at the moment.... .
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If your gun measures good; i.e. ever tightening grip on the bullet chamber to muzzle then probably the only thing that will make a significant difference is improving the trigger pull to remove creep. I agree with the gents above; my flat top .44 special shots better than I can right out of the box.
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firelaping

never heard of fire lapping-what is that?
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Practice...

Maybe I am just lucky, but with good ammo they are spectacular groupers out of the box off a bench rest. All of mine are way more accurate than I am.
+1 for "Practice"
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Do some experimenting with your handloads, some guns like different combinations. Other than that and practice, I like Wulff spring kits. I've tried a Belt Mountain base pin, but honestly don't see a big improvement in my Blackhawk, other folks may have different experiences.
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If it's not broke ,why try to fix it. More ammo will usually help your accuracy.
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Here ya go...

Fire Lapping Barrels

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Also, here Ross talks about a little about firelapping and how it helped : Lipseys Bisley .44Spec Flattop Review

Where you can order kits and bullets for firelapping: Beartooth Bullets

In the kit or you can order separately is a nice booklet on fire-lapping and its theory.

Of course google works good to find information on it to.
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What have you done to make your Blackhawk shoot better.
I'm thinking new base pin-ream throats-power custom cylinder latch.
anything else you can do?maybe reset the cylinder gap?
Thanks for any ideas-TBH
Jim Stroh at ALPHA PRECISION has a list of accuracy enhancing procedures that he does on his web site. Your ideas are mentioned among them. I'd also suggest obtaining a copy of Hamilton Bowen's THE CUSTOM REVOLVER.

In my opinion, I'd start with one of Mr. Stroph's superlative trigger jobs at about 3 pounds (or less) pull and trade out the stock rear sight for a BOWEN TARGET REAR...it is that good.

For accuracy, I'd slug the barrel and the chambers...ream cylinder throats if necessary. There are mixed opinions on the cylinder latch, so? The new LOCKING base pin can help...I've heard few negative comments on them.

Whether or not you reload/cast bullets is going to make a big difference also. Having ammo fit to your specific gun won't hurt. AND reloading will allow you a lot more ammo for your money...which means more practice to improve your skills. I have the luxury of my own private shooting range down hill from the house, so I can shoot daily. With a 550B DILLON and a bunch of different bullet moulds, 44s run me under a dime apiece; 357s even less.
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see if you can locate someone with a Ransom Rest. Lock yer NMBH in it and shoot some of the ammo you intend to use in it. The target will tell you whether the gun needs accurizing or you need to practice.
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