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Ruger 10mm 38-40 Revolver
« on: December 26, 2014, 03:46:11 PM »
I recently got what was advertised as a NIB Ruger. It may have been shot but it couldn't have been much. The bluing was perfect and I could not see rotation marks on the cylinders. It shot good but not great in my opinion, averaging just over 3" @ 25 yards off a sandbag. Checking the cylinders I saw they were undersized on the throats but no local 'smith had a reamer for a 10mm.  I called Ruger and explained that I am not the original owner but clearly this was a manufacturing issue. Ruger looked it over but just returned it without repair stating they had no parts. Ruger did give me a new manual, some decals, etc. I called Dave Manson and bought a reamer and they even let me select the pilot size without any extra charge. These cylinders were hands down the tightest ones I ever reamed. I took my time and it really paid off. I can shoot standing 25 yard groups now that are smaller than it would do off a sandbag before (see standing target below). I am very happy with it and it is clearly a keeper.


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Re: Ruger 10mm 38-40 Revolver
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2014, 04:06:16 PM »
I wish you guys would quit talking about your 10mm revolvers.

I'm SO jealous!  >:(
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Re: Ruger 10mm 38-40 Revolver
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2014, 02:45:30 PM »
There are two of these on Gunbroker right now.  I actually just left there to come here and post asking someone to help talk me down.  I have a GUncrafter Industries No Name longslide on the way ... my first 10.  I thought I'd pick up something less expensive to shoot my first 10mm reloads out of before the Gi was finished.  I saw these on GB and was enamored.  So ... SOMEBODY TALK ME OUT OF THIS! ... or not.

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Re: Ruger 10mm 38-40 Revolver
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2014, 06:00:06 AM »
I have Ruger center-fires in 32 HR mag, 327 mag, 9mm-357, 10mm-38/40, 44 mag, and 45 Colt. While I like them all, the 10mm is a favorite with it, the 9m and 327 getting the most use. The other thing it is strong. I was carefully bringing up the velocity with some handloads until it began to show signs of pressure. When it went above 900 ft/lbs with still no signs of pressure, I quit there as the accuracy was falling off. My standard 200 cast lead load @ around 1150 is no problem. Any sane load will work well in a 10mm Blackhawk. YMMV.


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Re: Ruger 10mm 38-40 Revolver
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2014, 06:57:15 AM »
Nice show!

My wife has a Lipsey's flattop in 45 ACP/Colt convertible.

I may just had to have one of my own.


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Re: Ruger 10mm 38-40 Revolver
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2015, 04:57:09 PM »
My old shooter buckeye special is the most accurate single action I own, followed closely by my 44 specials. Dont forget to try out the 38-40 cylinder. It can handle the original loading that battered Colt's to pieces. There is a member here that has developed some phenomenal Ruger only loads that will impress you (understatement) :o
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Re: Ruger 10mm 38-40 Revolver
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2015, 07:49:35 PM »
I hear ya brother! The 10mm is not too shabby either @ 922 ft/lbs.  ;D

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Re: Ruger 10mm 38-40 Revolver
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2015, 08:31:26 PM »
My buddy has the same revolver. It shoots decently but not great.

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Re: Ruger 10mm 38-40 Revolver
« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2015, 06:11:38 PM »
I had a Buckeye about a year ago and didn't want to ream the chambers out for 38-40 so I shot some 10 mm out of it before trading it for a Henry Big Boy 45 Colt.
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Re: Ruger 10mm 38-40 Revolver
« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2015, 08:28:16 PM »
I had a Buckeye about a year ago and didn't want to ream the chambers out for 38-40 so I shot some 10 mm out of it before trading it for a Henry Big Boy 45 Colt.

Ream the chambers? Both cylinders, 10mm and .38-40, are included with the Buckeye Special, originally.
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Re: Ruger 10mm 38-40 Revolver
« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2015, 07:27:16 AM »
I had a Buckeye about a year ago and didn't want to ream the chambers out for 38-40 so I shot some 10 mm out of it before trading it for a Henry Big Boy 45 Colt.

Ream the chambers? Both cylinders, 10mm and .38-40, are included with the Buckeye Special, originally.
I know that! Both cylinders were included with mine but I bought it to shoot 38/40!
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Re: Ruger 10mm 38-40 Revolver
« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2015, 08:59:32 AM »
I had a Buckeye about a year ago and didn't want to ream the chambers out for 38-40 so I shot some 10 mm out of it before trading it for a Henry Big Boy 45 Colt.

Ream the chambers? Both cylinders, 10mm and .38-40, are included with the Buckeye Special, originally.
I know that! Both cylinders were included with mine but I bought it to shoot 38/40!

Just curious. If you bought it to shoot .38-40, why didn't you?

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Re: Ruger 10mm 38-40 Revolver
« Reply #12 on: July 16, 2015, 07:21:27 PM »
I couldn't shoot my reloads through it .....chambers were too tight. At the time factory 38-40 rounds were around 90.00 per box. A .401 cast bullet wouldn't drop through any of the chambers!
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Re: Ruger 10mm 38-40 Revolver
« Reply #13 on: July 17, 2015, 07:00:26 AM »
Speaking of the Ruger 38-40/10mm, guns America just had one posted for $1290.  :o.   And it sold.    Really?
Does that sound crazy?

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Re: Ruger 10mm 38-40 Revolver
« Reply #14 on: September 02, 2015, 07:42:35 PM »
Speaking of the Ruger 38-40/10mm, guns America just had one posted for $1290.  :o.   And it sold.    Really?
Does that sound crazy?

Yep, that's nuttier than squirrel s#it!
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