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Old October 6th, 2015, 05:27 AM   #1
 
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3 screw .44 super blackhawk

Hey guys, im brand new here and joined just to find out some info on my newest gun!

I recently picked up a "3 screw" super blackhawk 7.5" .44 mag in excellant condition for what i think was a great deal($500). I havnt checked the serial numbers for age yet. But i do have a couple questions for you guys...

Im looking to use this as a deer hunting gun here in Ohio. Is this version any worse for hunting compared to the newer "Hunter" models? Can it handle new high velocity ammo? Are these guns really "more accurate than the shooter"? One of my buddies just picked up a new taurus raging bull .44 mag and im hoping my old ruger can outshoot his taurus! Hopefully my hopes arent too high. Ive found a ton of info so far but still hoping for some re assurance from you guys. I'll try to get some pics up here soon.

Thanks in advance for any info!



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Nice find, good price.

The gun is designed to handle any "production" SAAMI-spec .44 magnum ammo without hassles . . . other than the shooter's abilities.

The question will be if your marksmanship is up to the challenge. Depending on your eyesight and physical condition, the revolver is realistically limited to 100 yards, preferably somewhat less. When you can, without fail, hit the proverbial paper plate at will, using the same ammo with which you will hunt, you will know your realistic "effective range".

Others may disagree with my range limitations, but it's a good place to start with your practicing. Actually, I'd start considerably closer and stretch out the range as you develop proficiency.

All JMHO, of course.


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The advantage of the Hunter is that you can add a scope without any alteration to the gun and that the Hunter allows for an easy change of the front sight, should you want to say with iron sights. In other words, the Hunter is a bit more versatile in the way you can set it up, but, absolutely, an Old Model Super is up to the task when it comes to hunting. Shot my very first deer with one.

As to the accuracy, after shooting handguns for 40 years, I can honestly say that very few shooters ever reach a point where they can squeeze all the accuracy their handgun is capable of providing, and this is especially true for magnums like the 44 magnum. Shooting any 44 mag with consistency is a matter of a lot of practice. If your buddy beats you with the Taurus, it's likely he is a better pistol shot, not that his gun is more accurate.
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I've had several of the OM 44's plus a 10 1/2" version hoping to tame the jump. The only 44 I have now is a Taurus M44 4". The eight exhaust ports do make a big difference. Even with shooting Ruger 44 mags since the early 60's, 100 yards would be at my limit for a humane deer kill. With a bullet drop of only a couple of inches at 100 yards, there's sure not much hold over. I have always set a personal limit out to about 50 yards. I agree, any factory ammo is safe in the cylinder.
One side note story. I had a customer bring in a defective Super Blackhawk for me to return to Ruger for a replacement. Seems 1/2 of the cylinder side was missing and top strap bowed a tad. He swore only using factory ammo. Ruger did replace the gun but with a note saying they knew it wasn't factory ammo used. Later a friend of the idiot confessed that the shooter reloaded and made compressed loads of mixed powders. The other half of the cylinder was never found, but it left a large entry and exit hole as it passed through his mobile home. The shooter did suffer and sprained wrist, but no missing body parts.

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Had one, sold it. A word of caution. The old three screw Rugers don't have a transfer bar. Just load five, let the hammer rest on the empty chamber.
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Thanks for all the great info so far guys. Very much appreicate it! And im hearing everything i was hoping to.
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Congratulations: You have what I consider to be one of the best Rugers ever made! I have used mine on many wild hogs up to 250 lbs and a few deer.

1. Under most circumstances, you will want to carry five with an empty cylinder under the chamber.
2. It will handle about any 44 magnum load within reason==certainly more than you likely can!
3. More accurate than you will be for quite a while.
4. With heavier loads and a hard cast bullet, it will likely stop anything in North America, if you do your part!
5. Likely has the best factory trigger of any Ruger.
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Had one, sold it. A word of caution. The old three screw Rugers don't have a transfer bar. Just load five, let the hammer rest on the empty chamber.
The older "3 screw" Rugers are just as good as the New Model Rugers, some will say better.

Please pay special attention to the above quote! I have a theory that the more safety devices we build into our equipment the more likely we are to do something stupid by relying on those safety devices. If you've never had an older single-action revolver, always remember to rest the hammer on an empty chamber. I've never had an old model 3 screw Ruger or SAA Colt, but I believe the formula is "Load One, Skip One, Load Four,Pull Back to Full Cock and then Ease the Hammer Down", which should leave the hammer resting on an empty chamber.

PS. I load my newer single actions this way if I am going to carry them around in a holster. Just so I will be in the habit in case I ever do get a classic SAA Colt.

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[QUOTE=Kid Vermin;. Later a friend of the idiot confessed that the shooter reloaded and made compressed loads of mixed powders. The other half of the cylinder was never found, but it left a large entry and exit hole as it passed through his mobile home. The shooter did suffer and sprained wrist, but no missing body parts.[/QUOTE]

Never a shortage of people doing very very stupid things lucky he didn't kill or injure a bystander
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Welcome to the forum. My three screw 44 mag has handled everything I've put through it (never tried to find the max reload)
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You have to love these old guns.
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I fired a 3 screw Ruger 44 mag 7.5 inch barrel during IMSHA competition and have won first place in production class. I used handloads which were loaded very hot. Rams are set at 200 meters and a solid hit would knock them over. BTW, I used good 'ol kentucky windage to hit targets.
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I have had several 3 screw Blackhawks through the years and foolishly traded them off. I will be getting another one tomorrow from a buddy and it will stay with me. I will post pics and give a range report after I get it.
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I have one just like it and it is awesome as far as accuracy. You will have to learn to cock early as it can be noisy.
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