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Old March 26th, 2013, 12:05 PM   #1
 
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Ruger Blackhawk .357 convertible

I just purchased a New Model Blackhawk .357 convertible - it comes with an extra cylinder for 9mm. I've looked at both the .357 and 9mm cylinders and cannot find any markings that indicate which is which - the only saving grace is that the 9mm won't fit in the .357 cylinder and vice-versa.

Are these marked in some way that I'm just not seeing? If not, I might have to look for someone to do some custom engraving work...



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If you look at the cylinders from the back you can see the ridge that the 9mm references on is much closer than on the .38/357 cylinder.
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. . . . markings that indicate which is which . . . . . . If not, I might have to look for someone to do some custom engraving work...
No, they are not marked. However, it's simple enough to do the cartridge-drop-in test or just look down the cylinders, from rear to front, and the difference in the location of the "neck ridge line" is quite evident.
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No, they are not marked. However, it's simple enough to do the cartridge-drop-in test or just look down the cylinders, from rear to front, and the difference in the location of the "neck ridge line" is quite evident.
Maybe I'm just too OCD , but I like having things marked. I thought that if Ruger could engrave matching serial numbers on both cylinders, they could add ".357" and "9mm" to them as well.

I guess I'll be looking for an engraver to etch a label into the cylinder...
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Maybe I'm just too OCD . . . . . I guess I'll be looking for an engraver to etch a label into the cylinder...
Trust me foobar, your OCD has nothing over my OCD.

But, I'm a frugal OCD person. So, how 'bout just taking a sharp steel object and scratch an "M" on the front of the .357 cylinder?

I've got 4 Convertibles, including a .357 / 9mm, and the lack of marked differentiation between the cylinders hasn't ever proven to be an issue.

However, it's your gun, your money and your disorder.

PS WELCOME to the forum and congratulations on your new six shooter. It was a GREAT choice. You'll enjoy it.

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Hi...... Or you could just durcoat the 9mm cylinder Pink..




Just kidding...I too have a Blackhawk .357 convertible (blued) and want to trade(or sell) it out for a SS one with a 4" barrel(the one I have now has a 6 1/2" barrel)
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Just leave a fired 9mm case in the 9mm cylinder
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Welcome from Australia mate.
Glad to have you on board, nice folk here and lots of good info.
Congratulations on your new BH.
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I have had several ruger convertible revolvers and always scratch a nick in the back of teh cylinder to indicate which is which.
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Just leave a fired 9mm case in the 9mm cylinder
+1....or a snap cap.

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Thanks for all of the ideas -- well, except for that pink duracoat thing... . I think I'm still going to look for an engraver.

I still haven't had time to take this out to the range, unfortunately, so I don't know how well it shoots. The more I handle it, though, the less impressed I am with the checkered, hard-rubber grips. They seem a bit thin, and one part of the grip doesn't fit very well at the top of the grip frame. The .357 recoil might be a little sharp with such small grips... I've been thinking about putting these grips on it instead:

New Blackhawk / Vaquero Pau Ferro No Finger Groove Stripe Cap [83330]

Does anyone have experience with this particular grip from Hogue?
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I bought another revolver today . A Ruger Single 10 in .22LR -- and guess what? It has wonderful, properly sized, good looking hardwood grips! So, I can get great fitting / looking grips in a .22 but not in a .357? That doesn't make much sense... Then again, I think I paid more for the Single 10, so maybe it balances out...

Does anyone know if the Single 10 and the Blackhawk use the same type of grips?
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