Blackhawk Bisley

Don't knock the 45 Colt, it can be loaded pretty hot!!!
These days my old *** can’t take too much of the fire breathing nitro loads. Majority of 357 or 44 mag are special loads. So loading 45 colt will mostly be colt loads and not Ruger loads.
Though I always keep some flame shooting 357 and 44 magnums with me when going to the range for that guy who likes to do mag dumps with their 12 inch muzzle braked AR 2 feet beside me.
 
Drool. Dang I like that revolver. You can load 45 Cowboy Special for that.

Highboy
That’s my plan Highboy. I only have a SBH in 44 mag and this Bisley for Ruger revolvers. All my other revolvers are S&W. I always thought none other than S&W revolvers fit my hand well until I grabbed onto this Bisley and it feels like it was made just for me. I hope it’s as well when I get to shooting it.
 

walterbunning

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These days my old *** can’t take too much of the fire breathing nitro loads. Majority of 357 or 44 mag are special loads. So loading 45 colt will mostly be colt loads and not Ruger loads.
Though I always keep some flame shooting 357 and 44 magnums with me when going to the range for that guy who likes to do mag dumps with their 12 inch muzzle braked AR 2 feet beside me.
Don’t forget that you can also load .45 Schofield as well as .45 Cowboy Special for reduced power rounds in that revolver. They’ll save your wrists.
 
Was able to get to range this morning and I think this Ruger Bisley has become my favourite revolver. Once I got the rear sight dialed in how I like it I was making 1-1/2” groups at 25 yards off of a rest using factory 45 Colt 250 grain plated rounds. Shooting these in this Bisley were like shooting 38 special wad cutters out of my S&W 6 inch 28.
I’m really looking forward to making some mild to maybe wild loads for the 45 Colt cartridge.
 
I'd shot Colts and clones and plowhandled Rugers of all description, and thought I had that "single action thing" figgered out.

I handled a Colt Bisley, and that just felt so WRONG in my hand.

Then Ruger came out with their version of the Bisley. Different grip shape. And I ignored it, because I'd handled Bisleys and didn't like 'em.


Then one day my gun pusher got a new gun. A special run for the distributor (Armscorp? Don't remember).

Non fluted cylinder, stainless, 5 1/2" barrel, 45 Colt BISLEY. And when my pusher held it out, I made the mistake of taking it.

BOY, did that feel good in my hand. Nothing at all likd that Colt atrocity. So I bought it.

Bisley Blackhawk, Stainless 45, right.jpg


The only thing wrong with it was it was a New Model. But there was a solution. Wes Flowers, aka West Fargo, was THE MAN to see about Rugers. He told me that yes, he could throw out them innards, and give it an Old Model, 4 click action, like God and Colonel Colt intended. So we had a plan.

Then a feller at work come up one day and asked if I was interested in a 7 1/2" Bisley Blackhawk 45 Colt, for $150. So I call Wes. I now got TWO that needs convertin'. He can do it. "Good. And while it's there, give that blue one a nose job. Snip two inches off the end."

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They are, to coin a phrase, fine.
 
I'd shot Colts and clones and plowhandled Rugers of all description, and thought I had that "single action thing" figgered out.

I handled a Colt Bisley, and that just felt so WRONG in my hand.

Then Ruger came out with their version of the Bisley. Different grip shape. And I ignored it, because I'd handled Bisleys and didn't like 'em.


Then one day my gun pusher got a new gun. A special run for the distributor (Armscorp? Don't remember).

Non fluted cylinder, stainless, 5 1/2" barrel, 45 Colt BISLEY. And when my pusher held it out, I made the mistake of taking it.

BOY, did that feel good in my hand. Nothing at all likd that Colt atrocity. So I bought it.

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The only thing wrong with it was it was a New Model. But there was a solution. Wes Flowers, aka West Fargo, was THE MAN to see about Rugers. He told me that yes, he could throw out them innards, and give it an Old Model, 4 click action, like God and Colonel Colt intended. So we had a plan.

Then a feller at work come up one day and asked if I was interested in a 7 1/2" Bisley Blackhawk 45 Colt, for $150. So I call Wes. I now got TWO that needs convertin'. He can do it. "Good. And while it's there, give that blue one a nose job. Snip two inches off the end."

View attachment 1240

They are, to coin a phrase, fine.
Awesome deal on the Bisley's, 45 Colt is a great round! Plus you can load 45 cowboy special! The 45 Colt can be loaded mild at 45 Colt Single action army loads to wild (45 Ruger pre-2005 Blackhawk models) to a fire breathing dragon round!

Great looking Rugers love the Bisley grip compared to the plow handle style Rugers!

Use caution when reloading as the Ruger New Model Vaquero manufacturered in 2005 or newer can not handle the hotter loads!
 
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