Today I finally got to the range, after being shanghaied into a concrete mixing party, I escaped early and made it to Stiles Creek.
I shot a couple of rifles and chronied some loads then tried out the new Ruger Blackhawk 45 Colt. I shot some ammo made for my little model 97 Freedom Arms gun. In the FA it grouped about 2" at fifty and clocked at 980 fps from its 4 3/4" barrel. The load was the 280 grain WFNGC from Beartooth Bullets with 16 grains of R-123. The Ruger was great and not so great. The fifty yard groups were ....well the first two shots touching but high, about two foot high and to the right a couple inches. I dialed in some elevation and windage and shot three more. They were 4" lower and about 1 1/2" group. I need a screw driver. Rummaging around in the shooting bag I found a screw driver ( it works better than my thumb nail) and bottom out the rear sight. I shot another cylinder full and walked down to the target. Wrot Rho!! Now I'm only one foot high. The elevation screw actually bottomed out, apparently too long on one end but the rear sight is still up under some spring. I'll remove the screw and shorten it some then remove the rear sight leaf and file off the bottom to the tune of about .011" then dab some cold blue on it and re-install. This new Ruger rear sight has a hawk stamped on the top of the sight body, pretty cool. These little things sometimes rear their ugly heads but are not a serious ailment. Actually just part of the typical Ruger. Very fine guns and strong as a horse but sometimes need tweeking. This is a $500 revolver, remember.
This load clocked at 1080 fps from the 4 5/8" Ruger....Wow! And the Ruger out shot the Freedom Arms 45 Colt how about that. This with the Revolver that I thought had uneven cylinder throats. Oh well. I think I'll reduce the load to 15 grains of N110 and try to get 1000 on the nose. I don't want to get much slower the gun will shoot higher yet. I do like a load that is sub-sonic and this one is borderline in the Ruger. We'll adjust somethings. All in all a great shooting little Ruger. Oh yeah, those thin hard rubber (imitation) black checkered grips give really good traction but for heavy loads really chisel the hand a bit, they do not slide easily. Other than that, the weight of the gun and the recoil of the load were pretty closely matched. A nice day to shoot.