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    Master doddg's Avatar

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    Bought Ruger Blackhawk .357 with 9mm cylinder

    I know: since I'm in trim mode (no, really, seriously), I know I've got some explaining to do.
    I really don't lie: my intents are good, I truly mean it when I say it, but I'm weak since I want to experience all I can before the money runs out.
    I saw this last week, but since it was a S/A, I passed since I didn't like the two western-style S/A I had: too slow to unload/load.
    But, with more expensive ammo: that would be handy.
    I loved my S/W revolvers (had three): they were accurate and with the 9mm cylinder included, I'll enjoy that option as well.

    I had a Charter Arms 9mm revolver, but it was a snubby, so no range fun there.
    Negatively speaking, the grips reminds me of the Ruger SP series (too small for my hands), and I need size of the GP series: my GP100 .22LR fits well.
    So, I can't get my little finger on the handle (how does Ruger sell a .357 with no grip for ALL fingers???).
    It's like the Taurus Judge I had, after taking it to the range the first time and shooting 410 and 45 Colt rounds, I immediately went home and ordered full-sized grips.
    For shooting I'll just have to get some hogue grips.

    Bought this off a member here who was selling 4(I think) different revolvers, and I wanted either of two of them, but they got spoken for while I was trying to be good and just look but not touch.
    To me this is a unique fun piece, and will look forward to shooting it, but since it is SS with wood handles, I will be happy to look at it for entertainment.

    Ruger Stainless Steel, Lipsey’s Exclusive, New Model Blackhawk Convertible, 5.5in barrel, 357/38 cylinder & 9mm Luger cylinder
    Model # 05247
    I bought this off the original owner and this revolver has not been fired outside of the factory testing.
    Images below show the complete factory package and all items included.
    Comes w/ 2 cylinders for 357/38 & 9mm Luger.






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    Grandmaster red_zr24x4's Avatar

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    I have basically the same gun, except mine is 45 Colt.
    Its the brings a smile to my face gun
    "Courage is Being Scared to Death, but Saddling up Anyway" - John Wayne

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    Grandmaster chef larry's Avatar

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    Who doesn't love a Ruger revolver in 38/357 and 9 mm cylinder. Priceless.
    Knowledge keeps one from being vulnerable.

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    Master doddg's Avatar

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    Good to hear!
    How do you live with those small SP type grips especially with a 45 Colt!

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    Snowman's Blocker mcapo's Avatar

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    .357 magnum. Now we are talking!
    I was me then I was mcapo then I was T-Dogg....now I am Bandit. The Bandit.

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    Plinker

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    I have a Blackhawk 357/9mm convertible and love it. And while it's accurate with the 357 it won't be quite as accurate with the 9mm but still nice to plink with

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    Quote Originally Posted by red_zr24x4 View Post
    I have basically the same gun, except mine is 45 Colt.
    Its the brings a smile to my face gun
    Same here, with the 7.5" barrel. It's a lot of fun to shoot, and nice to be able to shoot 45 acp a little more cheaply than 45 colt (but I reload, so 45 colt doesn't break the bank either).

    Doddg, nice score! I was lusting after that one in the classifieds too. As for the grip being small, I've got small hands so mine doesn't bother me, however I did shoot a 44 magnum with similar grips and that was only fun for the first couple of shots.

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    Master doddg's Avatar

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcapo View Post
    .357 magnum. Now we are talking!
    1. I have a .357 Ruger Security Six (SS with large wood handles, plus a smaller pair), but not a range toy.

    Quote Originally Posted by ECS686 View Post
    I have a Blackhawk 357/9mm convertible and love it. And while it's accurate with the 357 it won't be quite as accurate with the 9mm but still nice to plink with

    2. I assumed something would be lost with the using of the same barrel since there is a slight difference in size.


    Quote Originally Posted by DoggyDaddy View Post
    Same here, with the 7.5" barrel. It's a lot of fun to shoot, and nice to be able to shoot 45 acp a little more cheaply than 45 colt (but I reload, so 45 colt doesn't break the bank either).

    3. I can't get to the range till Tuesday, but I can't wait with the Ruger Charger and this other Ruger to put through the targets.

    Doddg, nice score! I was lusting after that one in the classifieds too. As for the grip being small, I've got small hands so mine doesn't bother me, however I did shoot a 44 magnum with similar grips and that was only fun for the first couple of shots.
    4. I was surprised it was still available, but it is a niche piece.
    5. I probably will order some hogue grips for it like I have done for other revolvers I've had that have a grip that's too small for me.

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    Well, I got my butt kicked shooting this pm (first time taking only 1 gun to the range).
    It shot very low, rear sight was adjusted to the max to bring it up, but I ended up having to bring the front sight half way up the flat plane of the rear sight (I'm sure I don't have correct terminology).
    I even had the range master shoot it and he had the same experience.
    I will show picks: very bad shooting.

    I want bigger grips: shooting hurt my hand reminding me of shooting the Taurus Judge, which was fine when I got grips and could get a good purchase with.
    If you know the exact grips send: post it or send me a pm.
    My range didn't have any for it, and my quick look showed a Hogue grip for it to be $20ish.
    Bigger grips for a Ruger Stainless Steel, Lipsey’s Exclusive, New Model Blackhawk Convertible, 5.5in barrel, 357/38 cylinder & 9mm Luger cylinder
    Model # 05247

    The range master told me I might need to get a smaller front sight, also.
    I don't understand why it comes from the factory like this???
    I tried the rear sights adjusted all the way down, which cause it too shoot the lowest (clockwise).
    I adjusted the rear sights all the way up (counter clockwise) to bring the sights up and even so far as for the screw to come out (yes, I screwed it back in some), but there wasn't enough adjustment to make it right.
    I still had to bring the long front sight 1/2 up past the rear sights "flat plane." (probably wrong terminology).

    The 9mm was harder to shoot than the 38sp+, and I expected the opposite.
    I didn not take any .357 to shoot since I was just wanting to get it sighted in correctly tonight.
    I'm disappointed that the adjustment will not let me.
    I had 3 S/W .38sp revolvers: all shot great! Should have kept the older police service unit: it was awesome!

    This pic is with just the 9mm chamber.
    All only 20'.
    #2 was the 1st chamber shot.
    The #2.
    Between #1 & #2 was the range master trying it out (still low).
    #3 I adjusted the sights the wrong way.
    #4 was sights adjusted all the way up.
    #5 was me bringing up the front sight past the flat plane of the rear sights.
    Using Remington UMC 115 grain.




    Top: me compensating by bringing up the front sight: 9mm at 20'.
    Middle: 30' doing the same.
    Bottom: used .38sp+ Magtech with the .357 chamber at 20'.
    158 grain



    All in all, a poor showing.
    Grips will stop the pain of shooting (couldn't do any more and I had the ammo with me).
    I don't want to put my fluorescent gun sight paint on the long front sight, perhaps using red, green and white all 3 on the front sight b/c if I decide to sell it, someone might object even though it will come off with solvent.

    1st step: grips.
    Then maybe different front sights.
    Someone will be able to tell me what to do or where to go to do it.

    Last edited by doddg; 01-07-2019 at 22:16.

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    Plinker

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    I used to own a blue 357 Blackhawk convertible with the 4 5/8" barrel. I am not sure the height of the front sight but never had any issues adjusting to the point of aim with 357 ammo. I don't recall firing 38s in it but I did with a 6 1/2" model I once owned. As to my 9mm cylinder I did not use it much but it seemed to shoot fairly well at 15 yards.

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