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Old January 30th, 2012, 06:56 PM   #1
 
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Super Blackhawk Hunter or Bisley Hunter?

Hi Everyone,
Unfortunately my local gun shops don't have either the Super Blackhawk Hunter or Bisley Hunter in stock. This will be my first .44, primarily for deer hunting, and some plinking/target shooting.

What would you recommend and why?

Thanks!

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Old January 30th, 2012, 07:13 PM   #2
 
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They are the same gun just a different grip style I like the feel of the SBH Hunter and that is what I use to hunt with never liked the Bisley grip style YMMV
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Old January 30th, 2012, 08:30 PM   #3
 
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As you can see from my avatar, I'm a Bisley Hunter guy. I really like the feel of it, the position of the hammer, the way it recoils, etc. I also have a Ruger Single Six Bisley (.22 LR) that I practice with. (Sadly, Ruger has discontinued this model.) Except for the lighter weight (i.e. the Hunter is heavier), the Single Six feels the same in my hand and allows me lots of very affordable practice, which has paid off for me in increased accuracy with my .44.

Ranger94, it is very much a personal preference. This Gunblast.com article really helped me as I considered the decision a few years ago. So, I would encourage you to keep looking for a place that carries both revolvers so you can hold them and compare the feel. Do you have a Cabela's or similar BIG outdoor store anywhere close to you?
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Old January 30th, 2012, 08:52 PM   #4
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I bought my first SUPER BLACKHAWK in 1972 and really liked the DRAGOON trigger guard on it. I've had a couple ever since.

I resisted the BISLEY for a long time, but finally bought one...promptly shipped it to ALPHA PRECISION for a trigger job and cut the barrel to 5.5 inches. I like it so much that I had TWO stainless 44 SUPERS in 5.5 inch length converted to BISLEY with the BROWNELLS kits.

I have since gotten into Original Size VAQUEROS in 357 and 44 magnum. Those that are not BISLEY have either DRAOON or HUNTER grip frames. I am unsure which I like better now...the BISLEY or the HUNTER (with a SUPER BLACK HAWK hammer.) REMEMBER that the HUNTER grip frame is a DRAGOON without the square back trigger guard...larger than the XR3-red on the various BLACKHAWKS.

There ain't much middle ground...Most folks love one grip frame and don't think much of the other. I shoot them both and I couldn't give you a 100% answer...BUT my left gun is ALWAYS a BISLEY and the right is either a BISLEY or a DRAGOON/HUNTER. Either one is great, only requiring a trigger job.

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Bisley for me. Like it so much, I got two more.
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Old January 31st, 2012, 07:29 PM   #6
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Bisley for me. Like it so much, I got two more.
I have LESS will power and MORE than just two more BISLEYS.

I spent most of my money on guns, books, some cigars and a couple bottles of whiskey...the rest of it I wasted. Apologies to Erasmus of Rotterdam and Colonel Jeff Cooper.
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Bisley for me. More comfortable to shoot with heavy loads than with a plowhandle grip. I have medium-sized hands and the Bisley grip is much more controllable for me.
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I've had no experiance with the Bisley. But, I jumped on the Blackhawk Hunter the first production year and it's a super hunting iron. Now,to inforce what the other posters have already said,the grip is hard to get used to with heavy hunting fodder. As soon as I went to a finger groove grip (the maker has escaped my memory), she really came around. golf ball size groups with 300gr Sierras over H110 under a Leupold 2X. I would have to thing the Bisley grip frame would be a big improvment. Hogue maybe. I'm thinking it was a Hogue grip. Finger grip Cocobolo with the second finger down past the trigger guard. Nice! Not real classic or traditional like a plow handle,but super for shottin'.
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I spent most of my money on guns, books, some cigars and a couple bottles of whiskey...the rest of it I wasted. Apologies to Erasmus of Rotterdam and Colonel Jeff Cooper.
How 'bout George Best?
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Ranger Are you a single action shooter? Pick which ever works for you!

As TomP5 mentioned a personal choice I shoot both but favor the Bisley for stot recoil.

Yuo can do what I did and get one of each, these are 41 mags.

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Nice. I hadn't thought about getting one of each. But you prefer the Bisley... so I guess I'm still happy. (See avatar.)

Edit: What I mean is that since you have both, you are in a good position to compare them and you prefer the same one I did when I bought mine. Mine is a .44 mag.
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Just Finished My -[RBSBHtr.]- Work-Over

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Give me the plowhandle.
I bought a Bisley just to see if I would like it, and now it has a new owner.
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Unless you're planning to put a scope on it, then the "Hunter" of either flavor isn't really necessary (usually a bit more expensive than the standard SBH). I'm not in love with the ribbed barrel, so standard SBH's are my normal fare. I have one SBH Hunter, kinda wish it was a 41mag, but kinda not.

I've been in and out of bisley grip frames, for whatever reason, I'm just not a fan.

End of the long story - I prefer Standard SBH Hunter.
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