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Ruger Blackhawk 357 max

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  1. algebra1

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    Anyone out there know what these guns are worth NIB?Thanks Steve
     
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    Take gun to Ruger Forum.
     
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    Thanks Coach
     
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    Interesting gun, interesting cartridge...
     
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    Its greatly affected by the amount of shooting...I had one I used for metallic silhouette and mine had probably 900-1000 shots of full power ammo through it and the flame cutting on the top srtap was already pretty significant and the forcing cone throat was worn...the reason they stopped selling them...they bring about 75-100bux more than a standard Blackhawk 357 Mag
     
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    FYI

    One can drastically increase the service life of this arm by using 180 gr bullets and Ball Powder.

    Forget about the "Gee Whiz" velocities with the 158 grainer.
     
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    claybrdr Well-Known Member

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    Never had a Ruger .357 maximum but I campaigned a 10" barreled .357 maximum Seville and shot nothing but 180 grain bullets. Eventually changed over to a Freedom Arms 10" 44 magnum silhouette model. Never could get 5 good chambers in a Dan Wesson.
     
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    Shooting Coach, I have a Merrill Sportsman in .357 magnum, I've often considered rechambering just for that reason .
     
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    Slightly OT..Being a leveraction rifle nut ..especially those in pistol calibers..I really thought a 357max levergun would be awesome ...until I figured out I really already had one..except it was just a 35 Remington and I'd have to accept that I couldnt have a matching caliber revolver...if you really want more teeth rattling fun in a 35 cal I'll let you shoot my 356 Winchester
     
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    well, I've got this .38-56.....
     
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    The Contender makes the Mighty Max ROAR!. A 20" lever-action Carbine in this caliber would be DYNAMITE in a small package.

    The 35 Remington is underloaded by the factories. One can push a 200 gr bullet nearly 300 fps faster than factory ammo with acceptable pressures in the Marlin. Factory loads are around 30,000 PSI. The small-frame Marlin is made to handle 42,000 PSI, which is where the 30/30 lives.

    This approaches the 356, falling short of 2400 fps in standard rifles, which do not have a 24" barrel.

    The 35's almost always have a 20" barrel, and will get an honest 2300 fps with XX.X gr of Accurate 2520. My particular Marlin can go higher with no issues, but recoil is dramatically increased. High performance loads should NEVER be used in vintage Remington auto and pump rifles.

    The Model 7 Remington can go to 50,000 PSI, in deference to the thin case. THIS IS MOOSE AND BEAR MEDICINE in a very small package.

    The small-frame Marlin KICKS with 2300 fps loads. Power factor is about 460. The 30/06 with 180 gr bullet at 2700 fps is 486!
     
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    I have a 94 Trapper with a 16" barrel that I rechambered to 357 Maximum. It is very accurate. I load 180's and 200 grain bullets in it.
     
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    I have the 375Win too..in a Marlin...powerful piggy medicine..lumped in with the 35Rem and the 356Win all loaded to safe max potential are lethal to nearly anything walking this hemisphere..but for fun I like the old 38-55 with heavy cast bullets just plugging along about 1700fps out of a 24" octagon barrel...too cool! I'm glad we have so many other levergun enthusiasts on this site
     
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    The 375 Winchester is potent medicine for most anything in North America at close range.
     
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    I had a 14" .357 Maximum barrel for my T/C Contender quite a few years ago. As stated above, it is one heck of a good Whitetail cartridge. I took several deer with the cartridge at some pretty amazing yardages for a pistol. Unfortunately the cartridge was not legal to use in my State and I traded it for a .44 Mag barrel which is.
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