Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Ruger Super Blackhawk - First Assessment

I took the new revolver to the range on Sunday for its maiden voyage. I started with the target at 5 yards, just to check the sights, firing 240 grain, jacketed hollow points.


That hole in the center of the target? That was the first shot. No kidding. I have witnesses. Of course, as you can see, it went downhill after that. I consistently shot low and to the right through the rest of the session. Some sight adjustment will be necessary.



As you can see, there's a touch of recoil. Once I relaxed and let myself roll with it, my accuracy improved.

I previously mentioned that I had fired my Brother-in-Laws Super Blackhawk a few weeks ago. There are two differences between the individual revolvers. Mine has a 5.5" barrel, and his a 7.5" barrel. His also has Pachmayr Decelerator grips, while mine has the factory grips.

Assessment: I like this revolver. It's definitely a keeper. However, while the wood grips are very pleasing to the eye, they are a bit on the short side. Half of my pinky hangs below the grip, and the corner of the butt digs into it during the recoil. As the Pachmayr grips are longer, they will solve this problem. I did buy it for function, not form, after all.

6 comments:

innominatus said...

Does yours have the squared off trigger guard? Mine did, and with stout loads that angular part would hit my knuckle and (*@#$!!!

Then my little brother borrowed it and he traded it for an outboard motor, but I'll spare ya the details of that story...

Kate said...

Your guns shorter barrel contributes to the greater recoil, I suppose. I liked hearing about the Pachmayr grips. I have some handguns that could benefit from those. I probably couldn't handle the recoil from your revolver. Have fun.

Kipp said...

I am no expert, but the hollow points seem to be overkill on a paper target. But I like your style. If you are going to shoot it - kill it dead.

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Buckskins Rule said...

Inno: Mine has the round trigger guard thankfully. Traded for a boat motor? Hmmm...

Kate: The short barrel does add to the recoil, but it's manageable. Pachmayr grips are the way to go.

Kipp: Normally I don't use hollow points. While good against flesh, they can actually get caught up in hair and fur (think bear). They just happened to be available in the bullet weight I plan to use.

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it needs a proper hand gripping to do sharp shooting