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Jeff in Pa
May 26, 2013, 18:00
Thought I'd share a picture of my Ruger Blackhawk "convertible". It has both a 10mm cylinder and a .38-40 cylinder and is one of 250 made by Ruger as a Buckeye Special.

It shoots nice too. I've only shot about 50 rounds (all 10mm)thru it.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v78/JRD77VET/house/DCP_1640A.jpg

edit---looks like a lot more than 250 were made. original contract was 5000 pieces (2500 pairs?)

shortround
May 26, 2013, 18:58
I have one also. Never fired. Also have the matching serial number 32-20 / 32 H&R.

Jeff in Pa
May 26, 2013, 19:19
I have one also. Never fired. Also have the matching serial number 32-20 / 32 H&R.

Unfired sets bring good money (GB Auction # 336301760 sold for $2100)

Mine was already fired when I purchased it and the matching "twin" in .32 was kept by the original owner.

Retired Bum
May 26, 2013, 20:37
I own both of the Buckeye Special Convertibles.

Bought the .38-40/10mm NIB back in 1994. Bought the .32-20/.32 Mag used in 1995.

I worked up a load for the .38-40 using Winchester brass and a cast 200 grain bullet that I use in the 10mm with SR4756 powder. It does just a hair over 1000 fps in the 6.5 inch barrel. I've shot all manner of 10mm loads including one cylinder of the original full power Norma 200 gr FMJ. It chrono'd at 1289 fps. Right up there with .41 Magnum performance.

The first owner of the .32 Buckeye Special gave me 250 handloaded .32-20 ammo. Loaded with the Remingto 100 gr JSP over a warm charge of #2400. I shot these loads off in one trip to the range. Didn't realize just how much work is involved in shooting that many rounds in a single action revolver.

I worked up a handload using a 100 gr cast LSWC over 4.4 grs Bullseye. It does 1000 fps in the Blackhawk and makes a fine useful plinking and general purpose load.

Are you sure that only 250 of the .38-40/10mm convertibles were made? I was sure that I had read that the number was more like 5000.

And so it goes.


The Retired One

Jeff in Pa
May 26, 2013, 20:44
I heard the original contract was for 5000 ( 2500 pairs?) but the company went bankrupt during the first year of production.

iirc, the 250 number came from the gun values blue book

hedp
May 27, 2013, 00:30
I have one too. As Bum mentioned, I always heard they were a 5000 piece run.
With four of them accounted for on this site in around 6 hours, I guarantee there's a lot more than 250 out there.

Jeff in Pa
May 27, 2013, 08:41
I have one too. As Bum mentioned, I always heard they were a 5000 piece run.
With four of them accounted for on this site in around 6 hours, I guarantee there's a lot more than 250 out there.

After a little bit of research, I found the initial run was 500 but still haven't found a total number of actual pistols produced (other than the contract was for 5000 total pieces).

As far as four showing up here in 6 hours, maybe we're just savvy collectors http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v78/JRD77VET/gif/lolg.gif

Retired Bum
May 27, 2013, 11:07
The Ruger distributor was as I recall Buckeye Sports located in Ohio.

I remember reading how they had gone out of business in the mid 1990's. I am sure that Ruger could tell you to the exact number of how many of the Buckeye Specials in both models were shipped. But I have no idea how one would go about finding this info.

I have another limited edition Ruger made up for Davidson's which is another big Ruger distributor. But this one is a rifle. The M77 Mark II stainless/Zytel stock in 7.62x39. I love this rifle and it has been in my possession for close to 23 years now. I understand that Ruger finally decided to make it a regular cataloged item years later.

And so it goes.


The Retired One

Timber Wolf
May 28, 2013, 07:05
Will you guys please quit posting this s**t. You are just rubbing salt in an old wound of mine. I passed on a 38/40-10mm Blackhawk NIB years ago and it breaks my heart everytime I think about it. Old timey gun shop ran by a reasonable fellow had two behind the counter, and fairly priced too. He also had a couple of boxes of Winchester .358 ammo, I bought one!:rolleyes::rolleyes:

Jeff in Pa
May 28, 2013, 19:37
Sorry Timberwolf, I didn't post this to rub salt. :beer: :beer: