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Old June 4th, 2008, 09:14 AM   #1
 
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What to do with extra cylinder

I got it in my head that I need to get another blackhawk to keep my other rugers company. I saw a 50th Anniversary .357 blackhawk flattop at the shop and like the feel and heft of it with its steel gripframe. Another one I have considered would be a blackhawk convertable. I like the idea of being able to switch cartridges, but I have heard that the 9mm is a little sloppy in this gun.

So on to my question. I have read that the the extra cylinder have been reamed for cartridges such as .357 Bain & Davis or .38 super. I enjoy reloading and would like to have some sort of wildcat, but is it worth it or safe to do this with the spare cylinder? Should I skip this pipe dream and go put the flattop on layaway?



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Old June 4th, 2008, 10:01 AM   #2
 
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Reload 9mm with .357 bullets? The 110 and 125 gr should work very nicely.
I believe the main draw would be cheap plinking with 9mm surplus ammo, half the price of .357 for non-reloaders
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If you are just plinking of the fun of it the 9mm is just fine. If you want 1" groups at 50 yds, then you will dissapointed. Haven't heard of anyone converting the 9mm cylinder so can't comment on that. Good luck.
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I think it's a cool idea. Of course you're limited by the barrel since you want to keep .357.

I've considered the same thing, but getting a cylinder that's only reamed for .38spl, so that I wouldn't mind loading them into the gun. As things stand now, I won't shoot .38spl in my 50th anniv. .357 cylinder because the impossible cleaning makes me very sad. My cylinder was pristine until I ran .38's through it.

Is there a bottleneck cowboy cartridge that would work?

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Reload 9mm with .357 bullets? The 110 and 125 gr should work very nicely.
I believe the main draw would be cheap plinking with 9mm surplus ammo, half the price of .357 for non-reloaders
Yep, this works like a charm!!!!!!!!!!!
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Daizee,

I can't think of a cowboy bottleneck cartridge, but the .357 B&D is a bottleneck. Its a 44 mag necked to .357. Its not very popular now, but I think it would be neat, if the revolver could handle it.

Also If I could just get a steel or brass gripframe that was the same as on the 50th anniv or new vaquero. I would rather get a blackhawk. I have smaller hands and that grip size fits me well.
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If you buy the convertible...enjoy the 9-m/m round as well as the .38/357.

You'll have a great degree of versatility in one sixshooter and, practically no matter where you are, somebody's usually got something that'll work in your ruger.

Unless...as mentioned above...you want the 1" groups at long range. Mine shoots 'bout as accurate as my old eyes can see n' hands can hold...
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Use it for 9mm until the time comes to convert the gun to 44 spl, then make it 44-40.
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Thats the way to think! I never thought of that. I tossed the idea of a .44 spl around before. I was originally thinking of a simple conversion, but heck, why not go all the way? I should start saving my pennies now.
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Well Tuesday I made my decision. I bought the 50th Anniversary .357 Blackhawk. It was the same price as a NM Blackhawk and It just felt better. Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't the cylinders on the anniversary model smaller than the new model. I still have the extra cylinder in mind, but if that don't work I'll shoot it as is (yes, she will be a shooter).
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I believe (only have the 50th) that the cylinder FRAME is shorter on the anniversary model. I don't know if the regular production models had longer cylinders or if the barrel protruded into the cylinder window more.

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You guyz are goofy, talking about going to anything but another cartridge with the same body dia. as the 9mm/357, because the cylinder itself is smaller on the blackhawk than on the super BH. You might get away with .357 Sig, but the chamber walls would be quite thin.
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