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Old 10-16-2012, 06:41 PM
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I'm giving serious consideration to picking one up. It would be used at the range, possibly hunting. I'll reload for it.

Barrel lengths are available in 4.62", 5.50" and 7.50". I'm leaning toward 5.50", opinions?


Anybody have one?

Anything negative to say about it?

Interested in your opinions.

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never heard any bad things about a colt.
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never heard any bad things about a colt.
45 Colt is the round, just to be clear.
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Friends of mine that have them, swear by them. I myself am partial to the super blackhawk in 44 mag.
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Buy one with the 45 acp cylinder aswell.
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I couldn't tell you how many round of .44 I put though my old Super. I've put at least $500 buck through my buddies. I miss that gun. Can't speak for the 45 colt, but it's not as hot, so I would have zero concerns recommending purchasing one if a friend were so interested.

Curious, why .45 lc over 357 or 44? Nothing against 45 long just an expensive and hard to find round.

Edit, tell me more about what you want to do with the gun for help on barrel length. Those 2 inches matter. Do not go sub 5.
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I couldn't tell you how many round of .44 I put though my old Super. I've put at least $500 buck through my buddies. I miss that gun. Can't speak for the 45 colt, but it's not as hot, so I would have zero concerns recommending purchasing one if a friend were so interested.

Curious, why .45 lc over 357 or 44? Nothing against 45 long just an expensive and hard to find round.

Edit, tell me more about what you want to do with the gun for help on barrel length. Those 2 inches matter. Do not go sub 5.
I'm thinking 45C because I already a couple revolvers that shoot 357. I haven't given much thought to .44

Intended uses are range fun and possibly hunting, although I haven't hunted in years.

By reloading, I think I can offset the cost of feeding it. I'll probably shoot mostly cast lead bullets.
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Buy one with the 45 acp cylinder aswell.
Absolutely. Get the convertible, only adds around $40 last time I looked at pricing.

I have the .357/9mm combo. Love it.

Caliber versatility is very much a survivalist oriented plus.

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In the early 90's I had a Ruger Blackhawk in 45 long colt. I swear this is true that I shot a 5 round group that measured 1.2" at 50 yards. This was with reloads and I fully admit there may have been a little luck involved. This was one gun I should have never sold.
I currently own the same model in 44 magnum (8 years old) and it will not shoot any better than about 2" at 25 yards.
The 45 Long colt as a reloader is an excellent round. I took mine up to exceed the factory loads of a 44 magnum. Could only reload twice as the cases would bulge at three reloads. If you shooting factory loads they are a pleasure to shoot. Low recoil and very accurate.
On your barrel length question I really like the 4.75 and 5.5 inch models just for looks and no other reason. If I was buying one exclusive for handgun hunting I would however go to the 7.5"
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I too am going to jump on the band wagon and suggest that if your going to get this gun get the convertible version that will allow you to also use 45 ACP. Just understand that the 45 Colt isd .454 in Diameter and the 45 ACP is .451 in diameter and you may not get the best accuracy from 45 ACP as a result. But it would give you some flexibility in ammunition use.

The 45 Colt while not as potent as the 44 Mag can easily be loaded very close to 44 Mag power levels. If you havbe a 45 of some type already then the Blackhawk in 45 just makes more sense. If I didnt already have a 45 gun already and would be stocking another new caliber I would probably lean heavily to the 44 Mag instead. Almost every place with a sporting goods section has 44 mag readily in stock. The same cant always be said aboput the 45 Colt. This is some what less of an issue if you are reloading and talking about component availability.

The Ruger Black Hawk like all other Ruger handguns are over engineered and built like that proverbial brick crap house. It will likely out last you and take more abuse than you can in the process. Thats not to say you cant destroy one, just saying it will likely take a good bit of effort on your part to accomplish.

If it were me personally I would choose the 5.5 inch barrel over the other two as a general purpose length for a "do it all" gun. If I was planning to do much in the way of hand gun hunting then I would highly consider the longer 7.5 inch version.
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while I don't own a blackhawk, I do own 4 Vaqueros in .45LC and wouldn't part with them for the world. I absolutely love the versatility of the .45 cartridge. I can load it up with a 250gr pill to go hunting, or down to go to the range. I can fill it with black powder and put on a show for friends and then come home and toss it in the dishwasher (stainless) for a fast cleanup.

Ruger builds their guns like tanks, they are stout as hell. Aftermarket tune up parts are readily available and you can personalize them any number of ways.

If I lived in the wilderness and could carry only one handgun it would be a Ruger in .45LC
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while I don't own a blackhawk, I do own 4 Vaqueros in .45LC and wouldn't part with them for the world. I absolutely love the versatility of the .45 cartridge. I can load it up with a 250gr pill to go hunting, or down to go to the range. I can fill it with black powder and put on a show for friends and then come home and toss it in the dishwasher (stainless) for a fast cleanup.

Ruger builds their guns like tanks, they are stout as hell. Aftermarket tune up parts are readily available and you can personalize them any number of ways.

If I lived in the wilderness and could carry only one handgun it would be a Ruger in .45LC
I was checking out the Vaquero as well. They cost a little more, but also have a steel frame. Not sure how much that matters given how strong Ruger revolvers are made though.

Any issues with point of aim/point of impact when reloading different rounds?
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I have Bisley Vaquero (old model) in .45 Colt and a Super Blackhawk in .44 Mag. Love both of them. If you do go the Vaquero route, get one of the old frame Vaqueros. They will handle higher pressure loads. My Bisley Vaquero is a 5.5", BTW. Very accurate with my reloads and with my cast bullets.

With the Blackhawk and old model Vaqueros you can load hot enough to outperform .44 Mag pretty easily. My Bisley was my bear-gun when I lived in Alaska. I fished the Susitna, Russian, Kasiloff and Kenai rivers pretty often, so bear encounters were common. I felt a lot better knowing that Bisley was on my hip!
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Any issues with point of aim/point of impact when reloading different rounds?
Depends on what your definition of an issue is? If you expect a 250gr RNFP with 6.0gr of Unique to have the same POI as a 185gr RN over 4.0gr of Unique then, well, you's got you an issue. You can either live with the load that your gun shoots well, or go with a load you love and live with the way your gun shoots it. Ideally, you'll strive to meet somewhere in the middle.

Yes, the down side of the Vaquero is it's fixed sights. Otherwise, I like it's lines and how it handles. A Vaquero with adjustable sights would be my perfect gun. Which could be argued then, that I just buy a Blackhawk. But I want what I want, the way I want it. Me hopes Elmer Keith would understand.
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I had one of the 7.5 inch , blue .45acp / .45colt convertible models . Mine was very accurate with the .45 colt round , but not so much with the .45 acp round . I could obliterate beverage cans at 25 yards or more with .45colt Winchester silver tip ammo and barely hit a paper plate at the same distance with any .45 acp ammo . If mine had been a +/- 5 inch barrel and stainless steel I would have enjoyed carrying it more and probably have kept it . Even 20 years ago quality .45colt ammo was very expensive .
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I have one in 45 Colt. 5.5 inch. . Great gun.
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I have had a 7.5 inch NM Blackhawk .45LC since 1982 and I wouldn't get rid of it. I have taken deer and hogs with it no sweat. I don't believe that the 7.5" is available with an interchangeable cylinder. The 5.5" is though.
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45 Blackhawks are great guns. They can handle the "Ruger Only" loads that are great for hunting - rivaling the 44 Magnum. I have two, a blued and a stainless. Both are very accurate.



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I have the same weapon in 41 mag scoped for deer hunting. Would love to have it in 45 LC. Love mine.
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Have a New Vaqueros in .45 Colt I've been very pleased with. Quite accurate, smooth out of the box with a decent trigger. You can't load the Vaqueros as hot as the Blackhawk, and they have fixed sights. As long as you reload, you'll be pleased with the versatile cartridge. It's pricey to shoot if you don't.

Barrel length is a personal preference. Mine are 7", but something shorter is more popular.
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