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Description: This is my newest revolver. Ruger Blackhawk in 357 mag with a Ultra Dot 25 mm. I added a set of rubber Houge grips.

I hope to bloody this outfit next deer season.
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Registered: January 2009
Location: Virginia
Posts: 9,836
Sat January 24, 2015 11:30

Very nice! How does it shoot?

Max Prasac

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Registered: August 2014
Location: Statesville NC
Posts: 2,161
Sat January 24, 2015 14:21

That is a long story but I will try to make it short. I paid a local gunsmith to drill and tap for the mounts . I also paid him to install the mounts and scope while he had it. The first time I took it to the range it seemed to be shooting good. The second time I took it to the range it was not grouping well using the same loads. This is my first revolver with any type of scope on it and I thought I just needed more practice. The third time I could not get reliable groups at all. I was shooting 1" groups with my open sighted GP100 and ten inch groups with the Blackhawk.

I still though it was me and not the gun. This was just before gun season for deer was in so I told my wife that I would just have to hunt with my GP 100 with open sights and plan to us my blackhawk next season. I did kill a mature doe with the GP100.

After Christmas I was cleaning the Blackhawk and realized that the rail for the scope mounts was very loose. I took it apart and found that the gunsmith had not used anything to keep the screws from working loose. I took everything apart and put it back together using some fingernail polish on all the threads. It too about 8-10 shots to zero it back in and now it is shooting very well. I will never let anyone but me put a scope on a gun again. Because the gunsmith did not do his job well I missed the whole season with my Blackhawk.

Can not wait until next deer season to see if I can bloody it.

Michael Joe Moore
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Registered: January 2004
Location: SW Montana
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Mon January 26, 2015 07:30 Rating: 10.00 

Nice! Look forward to seeing some deer taken with it.

Experience is the best teacher, hunger good sauce.
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Chance Weldon
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Registered: September 2013
Location: Martin, Tennessee
Posts: 4,570
Wed January 28, 2015 05:28 Rating: 10.00 

That's happened to me before. I had a gunsmith mount a base and scope on my 460, then after a few dozen rounds the mount was noticeably loose. Took the scope off, used some Loctite on the screws, then remounted the scope. Problem solved.

Good luck next season. Hope you get something with it.

Formerly TN Lone Wolf

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