I have a om 3 screw 357 blackhawk, and a om bearcat. Is there any real need to get the update done? The only use they get is at the range, or plinking in the yard with the 22. I figure its a real pain to get them shipped from Canada.
Willieno59: Sir; don't return it to Ruger, Collector Pieces. Load 1 skip one, and enjoy. KEEP the HAMMER off LOADED round.
Just because it's a ?collector? piece; wouldn't stop me from enjoying shooting.
I agree with the other fellows. I wouldn't bother with the "update" if you never carry the guns.
I returned a Super Blackhawk to Ruger for some more work and they installed the transfer bar action.
My modified gun had the roughest and most unpredictable action I ever saw and promptly removed the parts and re-installed my old parts.
For me, no three-screw EVER goes back to Ruger.
I have since bought two three screw guns that had been updated and promptly un-converted them. It takes a little scrounging to find the parts, and in the process I installed the steel Old Army grip frame with s Dave Clements wide trigger. It's worth the effort.
I also have heard that Ruger no longer returns the original parts.
And they will make the modification without being asked to do so.
Therefore, don't return a Three-screw to Ruger for Anything!
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Most people suggest removing the innards proir to sending back to Ruger. My own tack is to send the gun to a gunsmith of your choice.
For putting converted back to original, some parts for the Old Army can be substituted, and gunsmith Dave Clements supplies hammers and triggers. His parts are newly made and of top quality. His trigger is of the wide type, so either the grip frame opening must be opened up, or the Old Army steel grip frame substituted.
I bought this old three-screw .357 by answering an ad in the paper. It had the transfer bar action installed, no original parts. I found the hammer on the Ruger forum, bought the trigger from Dave Clements, and bought the steel grip frame from Brownell's. I fit the grip frame, furnished in-the-white, and cold blued it with Birchwood Casey's DeLuxe Blue. Not quite a professional job, its servicable until I can get it done better. Its an upcoming project.
Looks like you did a pretty good job!
Might be a good .357 shooter, or a candidate for conversion to .44 special.
Brings back good memories of my first revolver. Wish I hadn't sold it.
Oh, well...I needed the money for a different gun, a Blackhawk .41 mag.
However you use it, "Ya done gud!"
Sorry, thought this was another date update from FHF.