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Old February 10th, 2020, 08:34 PM   #1
 
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Blackhawk grip frame swap

Hi everyone, so I recently bought a used new model blackhawk 357 blued with a 6 1/2 inch barrel and grip frame modle xrn-3RED. I’m am thinking I would like to try and find a used blued steel grip frame to replace the alloy one. I placed a wanted ad in the classified section for a super blackhawk grip frame as I under stand those can come in steel and blued and fit my blackhawk. Please let me know if I’m on the right track or if I’ve messed up and gone astray. Thanks in advanced.




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...Please let me know if Iím on the right track or if Iíve messed up and gone astray. Thanks in advanced.
You sound as if you are seeking absolution. If that is what you want, I don't see anything 'wrong' with it. Speaking from personal experience it will make the piece heavier and change the balance, but these are issues of individual preference.

My only reservation is that I find the standard Blackhawk grip frame too short--and I do not have big hands. This bothers me even more with a 6.5" barreled weapon than the shorter lengths. Since this is the internet, it is incumbent for people to ignore your preferences and tell you what you should do because it is what THEY would do, so...I would consider either a Super Blackhawk frame or a Bisley frame or a stainless steel Hunter frame, all of which have a longer grip.
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devils12, Yes, you are on the right track. Here's some more information …. blued Super Blackhawks with shorter barrels use the same exact shaped grip frame as blued Blackhawks and Single-Sixes, except they are made of steel instead of aluminum alloy. They even use the same grips. These are normally called XR3-RED, even though the actual mold mark may be a slight variation. All stainless steel models have stainless steel grip frame.

Super Blackhawks with 7 1/2" or 10 1/2" barrels have a "dragoon" style grip frame with a squared trigger guard and larger grips. These grip frames will also fit a Blackhawk (or Single-Six) and are available in blue or stainless, just like the XR3-RED grip frames.

Here's my pseudo Super Blackhawk …. a blued 357 Mag Blackhawk with a 6 1/2" barrel and a SBH XR3-RED steel grip frame plus a SBH hammer:


Here's another pseudo Super Blackhawk ….. a 6 1/2" 357 Mag Blackhawk I modified with a SBH hammer and SBH Dragoon grip frame. Sadly, it now resides in another member's safe ….. but I still have picture rights:



You can also fit a Bisley grip frame or a Birdshead grip frame to a Single-Six, Blackhawk, or Super Blackhawk.

This 7 1/2" Super Blackhawk was the donor for the Dragoon grips in the above stainless Blackhawk. I put a Bisley grip frame on this gun.


Finally, Here's a Single -Six that went under the knife …. I shortened the barrel and ERH to 3 1/2" and installed a Birdshead grip frame. Prior to this mod, I had the Birdshead grip frame on a Blackhawk but it looked like a bear riding a tricycle so it seems to be right at home on the snubby Single-Six.


As you can see, I like playing musical grip frames!

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Lowegan would a blued Bisley grip form a SBH bolt up to a stainless SBH? The reason I ask is it would be a challenge to get a Bisley grip where I’m at and I would like to see how that shorter SBH would be with a Bisley grip before trying to get one.
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.... I had the Birdshead grip frame on a Blackhawk but it looked like a bear riding a tricycle...
I have one of them tricycle ridin bears...

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Reeferman, Stainless and blued Ruger SAs are compatible with any frame on any gun (except Bearcats). Sometimes the "ears" (where the top screws are on either side of the hammer) are different heights so you may have to grind them down to match the frame. If you use a "take off" grip frame that had been fitted to another cylinder frame, it may require some work to get the mating surfaces smoothed out. In most cases, grip frames are "drop in" and require very little fitting.

Wave, The barrel on your BH is much to short to look like a bear on a tricycle …. in fact it looks exceptionally well.
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Thanks Lowegan. It’s been just over two months since shoulder surgery and I’m just able to start using my right arm very little. I hope there is no grinding as I just want to see how the stainless 5.5” 44 magnum SBH would work with the grip from the blued 7.5” 45 colt SBH Bisley.
I really like both but with the plow handle on the 44 SBH shooting full magnums just isn’t fun anymore.
If it fits with no grinding and I like it then I’m going to try and find a stainless Bisley grip for it. Not an easy task in Canada.
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You sound as if you are seeking absolution. If that is what you want, I don't see anything 'wrong' with it. Speaking from personal experience it will make the piece heavier and change the balance, but these are issues of individual preference.

My only reservation is that I find the standard Blackhawk grip frame too short--and I do not have big hands. This bothers me even more with a 6.5" barreled weapon than the shorter lengths. Since this is the internet, it is incumbent for people to ignore your preferences and tell you what you should do because it is what THEY would do, so...I would consider either a Super Blackhawk frame or a Bisley frame or a stainless steel Hunter frame, all of which have a longer grip.
And since Iím on the same internet, I concur wholeheartedly !
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Reeferman , there’s a company called RW Grip Frames that is turning out just about any style of grip frame you might want for a Ruger SA revolver. Brass, stainless, and aluminum alloy (I think). His name is Ronnie Wells and everything I’ve read about his products has been good. Google it if you’re interested. Good luck !
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Reeferman , thereís a company called RW Grip Frames that is turning out just about any style of grip frame you might want for a Ruger SA revolver. Brass, stainless, and aluminum alloy (I think). His name is Ronnie Wells and everything Iíve read about his products has been good. Google it if youíre interested. Good luck !
The RW site says brass and aluminum. I've paid less than that for a whole revolver. But they do look nice.
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Iowegan, you have way too much fun with your revolvers. A beauty every one.
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Frontiersman, I agree, Ronnie is pretty proud of those grip frames! Even a scarce factory OM brassie doesn't bring much more than they want for a clone grip frame.

Thanks and yes I do have fun with my Rugers and other brands too. Speaking of brassies …. here's my OM 357 BH with a factory brass grip frame …. 1972 vintage. Just for grins, I made a brass base pin for bling.


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The brass pin is a nice touch. It gives it a balanced look.
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