I have an 1860 Army and I like the big grips. I have big hands and bigger set of grips is a given for me . I have an extra set of grips for the 1860. I wonder if they would fit. I'm sure I could make custom grips if I set my mind to do it.I have had a Blackhawk 45 for over 30 years. It is the one with the extra A.C.P. cylinder. The first thing I did before it even left the L.G.S. was replace the hammer with a low spur one made for the .44 Super . Then I added a set of over sized grips. white outline rear and red insert front sight and an action job. It is my nightstand gun and I have put about four or five hundred rounds of .45 Colt reloads and about the same amount of 45 A.C.P. ammo. I have no complaints except that I should have gotten a "Super" grip frame. Why Colt and Ruger use that poor excuse for a grip that males one or two fingers hang off the end is beyond me. I also have a Colt S.A.A. 45 that has a pair of Herrets big grips on it because I couldn't hit anything until I got the hand filling grips.
I much prefer the Old Model three screw version. I have a New Model version in .357 I had to spend hours and lots of money on making work like it should have from the factory. No, there was nothing broken or out of spec...the way Ruger designed the pawl and the transfer bar makes it a frustrating gun without modification. I fitted a Bisley hammer to my plow grip frame, custom fitted the hand to allow free rotation of the cylinder, changed springs several times, re-formed/re-purposed grips, modified and fitted a stainless transfer bar, etc.
If you are sticking to black powder levels of pressure with your .45C loads, I would look for a Uberti. If you plan on loading grizzly loads, get the Ruger.
My Cimmaron Evil Roy .45 Colt has less total dollars in it than my .357 Magnum NMBH and I prefer the Uberti.
Thanks that is exactly what I had in mind to build if I get it.I posted this thread a little while back.
Texas grips on 44 mag Flattop and Uberti El Patron
It gives a nice option if you still want to go with wood grips as there are many options for rubber grips for the new model that you’re looking at. My personal belief is that for a single action revolver there’s no way you can beat the Ruger.
Tell me more about that sight.Just got this new one and had to polish the cylinder face a little as at the forcing cone, cylinder was perfect but at hammer end the cylinder would bind. After polishing works perfect. and the Ghost site is exceptionally accurate. I do like the 45 Colt as there is a lot of versatility there with reloading it and the Ruger.
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Did do the throat work or a gun smith. thanksHave owned several Blackhawks and they are good guns. The cylinder throats usually run small on the 45s but a few twists with a throat reamer can fix that. I did that on several of my Ruger 45s and saw a big improvement in accuracy. Just bought a Blackhawk Bisley Hunter in 45 Colt from the last Lipseys run and can't wait to see how it shoots.