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#205141 - 01/18/20 04:38 PM Ruger Bisley Flattop 44 SPL
KRal
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This Christmas I got my son the Bisley Flattop 44 Spl for a belt hunting gun. I'd heard good reviews on these particular Lipsey's Exclusive guns. I was wanting to get the stainless version, but couldn't find one anywhere, so I settled on the blued version.

When I opened the box, I immediately noticed the craftsmanship on this revolver.



The blued finish is not that of the old models, but the grip to frame fit is the best I've seen save for Freedom Arms or a custom - It is almost seamless...




The only complaints are the usual horrible grip panel fit that's become standard for today's rugers....




...and the front sight being just a little too short, which is why I was looking for a stainless version with the pin in front sight.

He wanted to shot cast bullets in it and we discussed the standard Skeeter load being the idea load. I first checked all the standard dimensions before loading and shooting. The barrel excepted a .415 pin gauge all the way through with no binding/thread choke...



...and each cylinder throat measured a uniform .431...



After doing an action job on it, we got started with load development.

So with new Starline brass, some 250 gr Keith bullets sized .430, WLP primers and 7.5 grains of Unique, we loaded a few and went to the target. He was wanting it zeroed dead on at 50 yards, but we were unable to attain that zero with the Skeeter load and too short front sight (4" high). After bumping up the load to 8.5 grains of Unique and rear sight bottomed out, we were able to get point of impact at 1" high at 50 yards. With this load combo, he was getting 2" groups at 50 yards from the bench (sorry, no photos of target, we were in a hurry to get it zeroed before dark so he could hunt with it the next morning).

All in all, I think if you're looking for a hip revolver for hunting, these Lipsey's exclusive Flattops are a bargain!

And he did christen it...

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#205142 - 01/18/20 04:45 PM Re: Ruger Bisley Flattop 44 SPL [Re: KRal]
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That is stinking gorgeous! Great buy for your boy.
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#205145 - 01/18/20 05:33 PM Re: Ruger Bisley Flattop 44 SPL [Re: Randy M]
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what a great gift. looks like he shoots it well!

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#205148 - 01/18/20 07:24 PM Re: Ruger Bisley Flattop 44 SPL [Re: dave thomas]
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Nice looking Ruger in a very practical caliber. Looks like it was put to good use already on a very good buck. Congratulations!

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#205157 - 01/18/20 10:40 PM Re: Ruger Bisley Flattop 44 SPL [Re: Pa. Mike]
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Congrats on the gun and deer.
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#205160 - 01/19/20 01:55 AM Re: Ruger Bisley Flattop 44 SPL [Re: Okie Hunter]
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Most excellent!

I?ve so far resisted that gun. But, I have to keep resisting.
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#205163 - 01/19/20 08:27 AM Re: Ruger Bisley Flattop 44 SPL [Re: KRal]
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Really nice and heck of a Christmas present!

Mine is the 4 5/8 standard gripframe. Absolutely love the gun! Finding the best acceptable load is still an ongoing project. Acme hy-tek coated cast bullets to be tested. 2400 and universal powders are suspects to be tried some more.
I also picked up a pound of HS-6 that i may try sometime as well.

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#205169 - 01/19/20 12:08 PM Re: Ruger Bisley Flattop 44 SPL [Re: KYODE]
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When does he get the new grips and knife that go with it?
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#205175 - 01/19/20 05:38 PM Re: Ruger Bisley Flattop 44 SPL [Re: junebug]
KRal
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 Originally Posted By: junebug
When does he get the new grips and knife that go with it?


As soon as I can find someone willing😜
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#205177 - 01/19/20 09:28 PM Re: Ruger Bisley Flattop 44 SPL [Re: KRal]
wheelguns
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Very nice Kim, when it shoots as good as it looks that's always a good thing. Tell your boy congratulations for me.

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