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I recently bought a blackhawk convertible .357/99mm. I am looking for something to hold the cylinder that is not in the revolver that is a bit more elegant than the bubble wrap pouch Ruger provided. Would a cylinder fit in a speedloader case? Thanks,
 

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I had a thread where I recommended a pouch made from a certain body part of Kangaroos, but that thread got deleted so you will have to do a search on your own to see if it might work.
 

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I had a thread where I recommended a pouch made from a certain body part of Kangaroos, but that thread got deleted so you will have to do a search on your own to see if it might work.
The nursing pouch? :rolleyes:
 

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The old pouches Ruger used allowed extra cylinders to rust. Maybe the bubble wrap is the best thing. My extra cylinder has been wrapped in bubble for 11 years w/o rusting.
 

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I'm having my spare .357 cylinder converted to .38 Super, I was thinking of just using some kind of wooden box to keep it in so I can bring it to the range...........I'm sure I can find something "cylinder sized".
 

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I have a question that may sound stupid, but I'm new to Ruger Convertibles, so please bear with me.

Can ANY Blackhawk .357 use the Convertible's 9mm cylinder or is it a proprietary deal whereas it only works on those models?

I just picked up my first convertible, a 4-5/8 inch-barreled .45 Colt/ACP model, and am really excited by the idea of picking up a .357 Magnum Blackhawk so I can have the use of that caliber, plus .38 Special & 9mm.





 

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I believe the cylinders are a fitted part. A 9mm cylinder would fit in another .357 but there would likely be issues. I think you should buy a convertible model. If you buy used make sure you get both cylinders. You can use 38 special in any .357.
 

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Have you ever bought a Benchmade knife or Oakley sunglasses?

The little pouches that come with either of those work nicely for extra Ruger cylinders.
 

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I recently bought a blackhawk convertible .357/99mm. I am looking for something to hold the cylinder that is not in the revolver that is a bit more elegant than the bubble wrap pouch Ruger provided. Would a cylinder fit in a speedloader case? Thanks,
I think your speedloader idea is right on, but it might not offer any rust protection. I would probably spray the cylinder before putting it away and clean it before using again.

I have a 45 convertible and noted that it involves some significant compromises, neither this nor that. I bought it to shoot 45 Colt and measured .453 throats and a tight forcing cone, using only a cursory measurement of placing a .451 FMJ bullet in the forcing cone. I have since learned that the accuracy of these convertibles is compromised when the respective bullets are not the same nominal diameter. I shoot .452 lead as 45 Colt and do okay, but I think I would be better off using .451 FMJ as 45 ACP.

I might best use soft lead for 45 Colt accuracy, but I bought the gun for its top tier, "Ruger-only" load capabilities and its long barrel (7 1/2"). I would expect leading with soft bullets at those high velocities.
 

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You can always make one or have them made. My wife made me these for me .45s. We live in a dry climate, so no thought of 'rust'.

 

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The 9mm cylinder MAY drop in to any .357 Blackhawk, it would be a crap shoot.

You could save time and aggravation by just getting a convertible so you know it works.
 

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In the 80's I bought a .45 convertible at the Tulsa Gun Show, but it only came with the .45 auto cylinder. I bought it because it was a steal. I spent the rest of the day searching tables and found one a had a spare .45 colt cylinder. If I remember right, I paid $30.00 for it. I knew it was a crap shoot, but I found that the fit was pretty close. I shortened the front part of the cylinder where the base pin goes through the cylinder. I used a flat file and worked slowly, checking frequently for barrel/cylinder gap and end play. I was probably just lucky, but that cylinder and the .45 auto cylinder both shoot great.
 

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Check out THIS guy's outstanding leatherwork.
It may be designed for black powder revolver cylinders, but if anything can be adapted --- this is the quality stuff that you'll want to re-purpose.
( Black Powder Revolver Cylinder Leather Holster | eBay )

I own three of his cross-draw holsters, which hang at a 30-degree angle, for my Ruger Blackhawks & Super Blackhawk.
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