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Old 11-14-2005, 03:38 PM
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I've had my blackhawk for about 3 years now... and i've been continually tuning it... throats, lapping bore, bisley conversion so i can hang onto it... timing, etc etc... it's a work in progress...

now i don't proclaim to be anywhere close to a good shot at distance with a revolver... my problem as i can see it are the factory sights...

i've always been a long gun guy... and a fair shot... open sights or scope... but i am aging... past the dreaded 30 mark and probably need some eyesight adjustment.. just a tad... everything everwhere is pretty clear actually... near or far... but not as clear as when i was 20 for sure...

but what i find is that the factory sights... it is very difficult to focus the sights and the target... i have to either focus the sights.. clearly.. or focus the target clearly and the other then is fuzzy... the square sights are difficult to align and hold on target while focusing at say 30 yds.

small bead and V or U groove sights are much easier for me to use... BUT i have been unable to find an alternative aftermarket sight for the blackhawk... To make things easier i have painted the front serration on the ramp orange and colored in the rear sight engraved outline in white... but still it is difficult to hold and find the center of a 4 inch circle at 25 - 30 yds...

so please if you will, what do you use on your blackhawk...is there something i am missing? some trick or method? what other options do i have...

think i have actually gotten the hang of shooting this thing.. i have been trying to overpower the gun.. therefore throwing lead all over the paper... let it kind of roll in a relaxed hadn and it's in the 4 inch circle... if i can align things properly... it'll do better.. i just can't...
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Old 11-16-2005, 01:59 PM
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Get a few replacement blades for the rear sight, or make your own, and try different notch widths. Right now, I file them wider, but that certainly may not be the best solution for everyone.
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Old 11-17-2005, 01:26 PM
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JARoot ref Blackhawk sight problem.

I had the same problem you do and I may have an answer for you.

I recently had a custom conversion done on a new Blackhawk and chambered it to .44 Spl. Never liked factory Blackhawk sights.

Had a thin white-outline rear sight installed and, probably more importantly, Dave Clement who did the conversion makes a habit of installing a new front sight that is TALLER & THICKER than that factory thing.

IT WORKS! I front sight fits nicely into the rear notch and the white outline also helps capture the front.

He is expert on Blackhawks. Get in touch with him.

Dave Clements, Woodlawn, VA
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Old 11-18-2005, 11:49 AM
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I figured out a long time ago that the best all around sight for my Rugers were the express sights. You can order these from ruger for a redhawk, Whis is what I have on all of mine. Or you can order the rear sight for a redhawk which will fit your Super perfectly. You may be able to just put the blade in your original sight, I do not know about that though. I hade my front sight blade machined off and a 3/8 dovetail machined in it. I used a small gold bead lyman front sight and factory express rear. INSTANTLY my groups were cut in half. You will have to measure for front sight height but it is easy to figure out. Give this a try, You won't be dissapointed. Contact ruger about the sights, They can help. God Bless Steve
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Old 11-20-2005, 06:12 PM
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I took a look at the "one ragged hole" ghost-ring sight(oneraggedhole.com) and seem to like them ok. The thing that helps me the most, regardless of what type of sight I am using, is to get lined up on the target and then focus hard on the front sight, letting both the rear sight and the target go soft. If I am being lazy and not concentrating on the front sight, I can tell immediately by what the target looks like - not good. This is also the advice you will find if you google the us army marksmanship manual. A good shooting read if you are so inclined. Good Luck.
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Old 11-30-2005, 03:07 AM
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I've had my blackhawk for about 3 years now... and i've been continually tuning it... throats, lapping bore, bisley conversion so i can hang onto it... timing, etc etc... it's a work in progress...

now i don't proclaim to be anywhere close to a good shot at distance with a revolver... my problem as i can see it are the factory sights...

i've always been a long gun guy... and a fair shot... open sights or scope... but i am aging... past the dreaded 30 mark and probably need some eyesight adjustment.. just a tad... everything everwhere is pretty clear actually... near or far... but not as clear as when i was 20 for sure...

but what i find is that the factory sights... it is very difficult to focus the sights and the target... i have to either focus the sights.. clearly.. or focus the target clearly and the other then is fuzzy... the square sights are difficult to align and hold on target while focusing at say 30 yds.

small bead and V or U groove sights are much easier for me to use... BUT i have been unable to find an alternative aftermarket sight for the blackhawk... To make things easier i have painted the front serration on the ramp orange and colored in the rear sight engraved outline in white... but still it is difficult to hold and find the center of a 4 inch circle at 25 - 30 yds...

so please if you will, what do you use on your blackhawk...is there something i am missing? some trick or method? what other options do i have...

think i have actually gotten the hang of shooting this thing.. i have been trying to overpower the gun.. therefore throwing lead all over the paper... let it kind of roll in a relaxed hadn and it's in the 4 inch circle... if i can align things properly... it'll do better.. i just can't...
try bowen classic arms,their rear sight is great, they can also install a different front sight. with its favorite load(4 5/8 sbh,bowen trigger job, f/r sights) i can regularly hit 12 ga. empty hulls @ 25 paces. couldn't do that before.
give bca a try, you wont be disapointed(try BCA.com)
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Old 12-01-2005, 07:08 AM
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When shooting a handgun at distance using open sights, you must keep the front sight in focus in order to shoot accurately. Using a peep makes things easier, and using optics is the best option of all, but does cut down on portability. The square patridge type of sight is probably the best shape for accurate shooting, as you won't get any reflections off of it like you might from a bead. If you go to a peep type rear sight, you will still have to keep the front sight in sharp focus. All the peep does is allow your eye to center the front sight naturally. If you focus on the target, you will not be as accurate, if at all, because the sights are what aligns the pistol with the target, and you're not looking at them. With a handgun at distances longer than 7 yards, you must keep the front sight in focus. I don't know if you shoot a bow, but if you use a peep on a bow, it's very similar. You have to keep the pin on the target, whether it's a game animal or a bullseye.
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Old 12-01-2005, 08:12 AM
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As I faced the getting older, eyes not as sharp as when I was younger thing I went to a scope'd pistol and found that it made any shake way worse than it appeared. I finally went to a red dot and it works very well for me.

I would have no problem shooting deer sized animals out to a hundred yards plus with this system.

It does make packing a large revolver harder, but I use one of Cabala's over the shoulder pouch holsters which is very comfortable.

I realize the pix is of a Super Redhawk, but the Blackhawk will also take these type of sights with the appropriate scope mount.
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Old 12-02-2005, 04:39 PM
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I find that the best sights for accuracy are plain patridge type. The beads sights look ok and are good for fast closeup shooting but at a distance its hard to index easily on a target. If you are having a problem seeing the sights then try an aperture that fits on your shooting glasses. This really works and cleans up you sight picture. The only other way is a scope or red dot. Also, ramp sights tend to turn gray in bright light. The ramp inserts are also bad about this and you will shoot toward the light. The bright beads also are indistict in bright light. Take a look at what the target shooters use.
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Old 12-04-2005, 04:46 PM
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Better open sights

Bowen makes a nice and tough V Sight for the Blackhawk, and David Clements makes nice custom front sights that have a vertical face. Way better than the sloped face standard Ruger sight. At the top of my Clements front sight I painted a white mark that is square -- as tall as the sight is wide. It looks like a big chunk of white paint, and it really helped my shooting. It shows up real well against most targets -- hardly anything I ever shoot at is white. Might be a problem with an albino unicorn.
If you want to experiment using a large white sight mark on your front or rear sights, apply some of that liquid whiteout stuff from an office supply. It is easy to remove.
Bowen V sight page:
http://www.bowenclassicarms.com/shop...top&category=6
http://www.clementscustomguns.com/default.htm
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A Bowen V sight
Other images are of my Bowen patridge site and Clements front sight with wide white paint on them. Clunky looking, but it works for my older eyes.
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Old 12-15-2005, 08:10 AM
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Here's a photo of my Blackhawk with "one ragged hole" sights. I painted the front sight white. I'm closer to 60 and this improved my shooting a great deal. I hate the factory sights.

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Old 12-15-2005, 11:29 AM
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Thanks for all of the replies... i'll give some of your ideas a good ole shot.. no pun intended. i do shoot bow but i use a kisser.. i find that using a peep causes too much of a halo in darker conditions... at 28 inches it's easy to keep the target at 30 yds and the sight pin in focus...

and thanks for the tips on concentrating on the front sight... my fault is trying to focus the front AND the target.. i can't quite get there... so i end up focusing the target instead... which apparently is some of my problem...

again thank you all for the insite

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