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Ok,   so I broke down and bought a stainless Blackhawk .45colt 4 5/8" bbl.  Don't get me wrong, the factory grips on the gun are handsome...but also BORING.  I had my choice of the wood or the ivory poly, I chose the wood due to the fact the gun looked too "clean" or generic with the Iv's.
 So here's my question... what grips are on YOUR Blackhawk?  Tell me your design, material, color, ect.  I'm lookin' for somethin' different!   <!--emo&???--><img src="http://beartoothbullets.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt='???'><!--endemo-->
 

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m141a,
I put a set of quilted maple grips on mine several years ago.  Almost looks like you can reach right deep down inside the wood.  By far and away the purtiest handgun grips I have.  The are a very light golden blonde, alot of people don't like that too much, but it sure stands out on a Blackhawk.
 

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I've got a set made from Bighorn Sheep horn!  A really interesting blend of golds streaked with black accents.... an interesting variation for grips on a Blackhawk.

Just something different!

God Bless,

Marshall
 

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Scott Kolar did some mesquite burl grips for a Super Blackhawk for me... they are just stunning.  If you like these, post a message on Sixguns/Sixgunner discussion board and he'll usually reply in a day or so.  His work is outstanding and the price is very reasonable.
 

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Sure would like some more information on places that make sheep horn grips for the Ruger Vaquero, especially if it was for the new birds head grip that I have.
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Dennis
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m141a,

I have always been very pleased with the grips form BluMagnum, particularly with the fancy walnut. The lighter color grips are certainly very attractive, but I tend to prefer the darker colors for my single actions. I've also found Hogue's selection of fancy woods to be excellent and are typically much cheaper than custom grips.

Realizing you have already chosen wood, one of the ways I've gotten away from the "plain" state of the ivory style materials is to have scrimshaw performed. Typically cheaper than custom grips, although it can get expensive if you get elaborate designs.
 

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I have a set of Dall Sheep Grips on my 3-screw 45LC and a set of Stag on a 4-5/8 3-screw Super Blackhawk.

Not sure which one I like the best, but I look at them both regularly.

Ka6otm
 

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m141a,

I had Steve Herrett shape a set of grips for my old model Blackhawk out of some nice walnut.  The grips are larger than the metal grip frame, and enclose it almost completely, and reshape the grip to a 'Bisley-like' contour that fills my hand nicely.  Recoil is much easier to control, no bite against the middle finger.  I put a hand rubbed oil finish on them myself (I was working as a cabinetmaker at the time).

Lobo in NM
 

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I have used the grips from Lett custom grips.  They do all the after market grips for Rugers.  My pair fit my hand a lot better than factory.  They have a pretty good web sight at Lett.com.

Also if you have you have time a lot of times Smiths will rough them out to your frame and you finish for thickness and such pretty cheap.

Good Luck,

Will
 

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Thank you to all!  Of course, now I have all these choices to put before me and deciede upon.....Although those quilted maple sound really handsome!


Be well
 

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m141a,
Those quilted maple are really something.  I can't describe them and do not have a picture that I can post.  Best I can describe is picture a gold/brown cumulus storm cloud explosion in wood that it looks like you can reach down into about a mile.  I wouldn't dare do any kind of scribing or checkering on them.  Bowen has a good photo of french walnut on a sedgley revolver he did and those are mighty attractive.  He also has pics of dall sheep horn and ivory to compare with.

http://www.bowenclassicarms.com/gallery.html

I really like the quilted maple though.  Much better than flame (tiger stripe, fiddleback, feathered) or birdseye maple.  Although those are nice looking, the quilted is my favorite.

Let us know what you decide.
 

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You never did mention where you got those maple grips from, or what you think an estimated cost for them would be today.  The way in which you describe them makes me think this is what I'm looking for.  I plan on polishing out the stainless on the Blackhawk to the "vaquero" look.  The shiny "silver" and those grips you describe would sure look great in my western rig.
 If you can give me this info I'd appreciate it.

Be well,
Chris...
 

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Oops,
I had a friend that made guitars.  He used to live in Wasilla, but has since relocated somewhere in the lower 48 and we have lost touch.  He used maple a lot for his luthiering duties.  He and I used to play guitar a bit together and I'd beg scraps of wood from him.  I'd never seen the quilted stuff before till then.  I talked him out of chunk for the pistol grips and I helped him.

I think the place MikeG got his has quilted maple, though.  If they don't have it, they could probably round some up though.  Give those guys a call or check their website at:
http://home.att.net/~s.kolar/
You may check out some of Roy Fishpaw's grips, he's quite the artisan, also.

Sorry I don't have any solid info for you, mine were more or less "homemade" or truly custom made.
 

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m141a,
There's a company over on ebay that is selling quilted maple blocks for gunstock making and guitar making.  If you want to give it a try yourself, the wood looks pretty good.  The name of the company is buzzsaw international.  Go to ebay and do a search for them.  Those blocks are big enough for a rifle stock or a guitar and range in price from about $65 to $250.  They are rough cut slabs, but if you are good with wood, it would be a nice project.
 

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I have a set of the fancy walnut from Lett's on my Bisley.  Makes for a really nice looking piece.  A fellow has so many good options, though.  Might have to get more guns to be able to try them all...  <!--emo&;)--><img src="http://beartoothbullets.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=';)'><!--endemo-->
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I have a set of rose wood grips on my .45colt Black Hawk and single six. Thay come with out a finnish, thay just use the natual color. Thay look very nice and since there is no added finnish you can sand them down to a proper fit without spoiling the finnish.
 

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UPDATE:

Hello Shooters!
 Well after kicking around all the great ideas you guys had, I deceided to just refinish the factory grips.  As Eric stated, they are rosewood, and I figured with a little TLC they couldn't get any worse!
So I:
1. stripped the factory finish.
2. Applied boiled linseed and tung oil in several coats to the finish I preferred.
 I have done this to several of my Winchesters, and the finished product is great.
If anyone out there is bored with their Factory finish grips, I'd be willing to refinish them for the cost of the supplies, which is about $10.00.  
 Check out my new looking grips!
Be well, Chris
 

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Sorry about the huge pic, try this again
 

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Question Chris, how did you remove the finish around the Ruger emblem without damaging it?
                 Thanks,  IDShooter


PS- they look super! Now I'm thinking about my SBH grips obviously!!!
 

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ID;

 To protect the Ruger emblem, I put a piece of clear packing tape over it and carefully cut around it with an Exacto knife!
 The whole process took me about a week to complete.  The longest part was waiting for the oil to dry.  Once the tung oil,5 coats, had hardened, I finished with some furniture wax.
 If anyone is interested in having this done, because it was really fun and satisfying to me, just email me and I'd be happy to turn your boring grips into something to stand out!

Be well,
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