The consensus on the Ruger board is they did a small run a year or two back from leftover parts at the factory. They were snatched up quickly by the collectors and went for big $$$.
Huh, ok.The consensus on the Ruger board is they did a small run a year or two back from leftover parts at the factory. They were snatched up quickly by the collectors and went for big $$$.
A quick search shows nothing on the Ruger website and Gunbroker is absent of any “NIB” ones of recent production.
when you reassemble the revolver take care to turn the cylinder base pin retaining screw. If you don’t and you forget about it and attempt to use the rammer, you’ll bend the base pin.Thanks! I just bought one NIB from the internet. Should arrive Monday. It’s a high polish stainless adjustable sight model with factory faux ivory stocks. Comes with box, papers, and wrench.
Seems provided I don’t bend the base pin the revolver should last. I’m picking up some .457 balls from town today. I have all other supplies. Can’t wait!
I wish it were true. It’s not. There was a short run a few years ago but they’re all gone now.
Every one I’ve ever measured, (using pin gauges from .448-.458) has been right at .452 with a chamber or two here and there over or under by a thousandth. Most do not vary from .452. Ruger did an outstanding job building these guns. My fixed sighted stainless has .454 chambers but came with .452 from the factory.TFoley,
There's no way in little green apples I'm shooting .457 ball in .456 chambers.
That said, I'd love to see people chime in on what the chambers in their Rugers actually measure.
I'm thinking about trying out a .458 wide flat nose 260 grain from LBT that has been sitting around neglected for ten years. I could size the rear 3/4's of it to .454 and make it slip into the chambers while shearing on the front.
It’s pretty rare, I’m sure it happens but I would worry more about global warming and acid rain caused by black powder revolver shooters...I might get some osage orange custom handles for it if the gun works good n stuff.
I stopped by Sportsman’s a Warehouse today and got a box of .457s.
Just hoping I don’t break a part in the gun, seems replacements are impossible to find now.
If taken care of do you guys think it would last? Are there any fragile parts prone to breakage?
I,did the same thing wi the Super Blackhawk frame. Huge improvement, feelsmore like an 1860 Army frame now.The grips and trigger guard from the Old Model Blackhawk will interchange, but the New Model uses a different trigger set up. However you can make a part to adapt the New Model grip frame. The ROA has a coil spring in the TG behind the trigger IIRC. On the New Model there is a square slot where the hole was in the Old Model. Make a steel ( or brass ) filler block to fill the slot then drill a hole in the plug for the spring. I put a Super Blackhawk grip frame on my ROA because the grip was too small for my liking. Besides the square back Dragoon style guard looked cooler than the rounded guard that is stock. I sold my ROA ten years ago and regret it. If I had another ROA, I might look into putting the Bisley style grip on it. I have one in .45 Colt and like the way it handles recoil.