I got a myself a new 44 magnum a little while back, Ruger Super Blackhawk Bisley Hunter, dang that's a mouthful. Anyway, I've been wanting to try one for some time now, having fired a couple Bisleys that needed testfiring after work in the shop. I found the grip very easy on my boney skinny hands, whereas with my old SBH the corner of the frame had the nasty habit of splitting the inside of my thumb with anything over about 1200fps. I contemplated cutting the bbl to 5.5in, then decided to just leave it alone after shooting it some. I have a 4" 629 for my river gun, and plan to make this one more of a hunting handgun.
All of the cylinder throats measure right at .430, which surprised the heck out of me, I've never seen a Ruger where they all measured the same, let alone the right size. The only modification I've made is to do a triggerjob, 3.5# and breaks like glass now. It was and has been too cold for me to slip out to the range, but I did make the drive to the indoor range to sight in and burn a couple boxes of shells. The rest of my time has been mostly spent casting bullets and loading ammo for when it warms up. I procured a Diamond D chest rig for it shortly after buying the gun, so I have means to pack it, although I'm reminded of the flour sack from True Grit everytime I look at this new hogleg.
Having a week off after working the Dallas Safari Club show, I made the journey home to SW Oklahoma, taking my new shooting iron with me of course. I'm from that area of the world and my folks have a ranch out in the hills there. Aside from being excellent hunting for deer, elk, and turkeys, they like the rest of that part of the country have an overabundance of feral hogs. Having never taken any big game with a CF handgun, I must say I was impressed. A 245gc Keith bullet,cast from straight Linotype, powered by 9.0gr of Unique, made the full trip from front to back through a 300lb pig. One shot show over, except for the eating part that is.
All I have to say is, Snyd really is onto something with this BisHunter business, get one you won't regret it.