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MI – HUNTING – Handgun hunting memories

Certain memories stick with you, no matter how many years pass by. In the winter of 1974, I thought I’d buy myself a Christmas present and traveled to Williams Gunsight in Davison. My goal was to purchase a .44 Magnum Ruger Super Blackhawk revolver, which was referred to as the “New Model”, since Ruger had upgraded all the Blackhawk models in 1973 to have a transfer bar system which allowed revolvers to be safely carried fully loaded. For safety reasons, the “Old Model” required an empty chamber to be under the hammer; otherwise, a hard bump, such as being dropped, could discharge matters. I soon found myself examining a Super Blackhawk, which is a dandy revolver. However, another Blackhawk, in .45 (Long) Colt in the glass counter caught my eye, and I asked to examine it. Although I have big paws, the smaller (than the Super Blackhawk) grip melded perfectly into my hand, even with my “pinky” resting slightly under the grip. With its 7 ½ inch barrel, it possessed, to me at least, the perfect balance, and it was love at first sight. We’ve been together ever since! In those days, there wasn’t much of a selection of .45 Colt ammunition, and I ventured into reloading for my trusty revolver. The Ruger Blackhawks are stout affairs, and I must admit I got into some “beefy” loads which were a delight for me to shoot. There is no question in my mind that the .45 Colt round can readily hold its own in “wallop power” with the .44 Magnum, and in some cases, even exceed it. It is also an inherently very accurate round. However, other than targets and local woodchucks (which I dearly love to hunt with this revolver), that was the extent of my field experience with my Ruger for the next 10 years.  [full article]

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