Bisley .45 Colt

Discussion in 'Revolvers' started by gaijin, Jan 13, 2019.

  1. gaijin

    gaijin Well-Known Member

    May 18, 2015
    Years back I purchased a 7.5" barreled Bisley, in .45 Colt.
    It was moderately accurate, capable of firing +P loads- but wasn't "ideal" for me.

    I did some research on +P .45 Colt, primarily reading John Linebaughs articles.

    One of the relatively obscure, but exceptionally talented smiths that works on (among other firearms) Ruger Single Actions is Ben Forkin.
    I sent my Bisely, along with a spare .44 magnum cylinder to Ben with a line item punch list of desired work.
    Barrel was to be cut to 5.5" making it "handier". Sight removed and reattached.
    .44 mag cylinder was to be fitted to frame and line bored to tight/"match" .45 Colt chambering.
    Bowen "Rough Country" Adjustable RS installed.
    Belt Mountain Base Pin installed.
    Trigger Job.
    I installed Grasshorn Elk grips.

    I worked up a load using Beartooth 300 gr. WFNGC bullets, using H110. The velocity is right at 1300 FPS.
    It is a stout load capable of crazy deep penetration.
    This load shoots into 2" at 50 yds, but requires a lot of concentration/focus on my part.
    The recoil is noticeable.

    Feral hog I took in Southern Ok. that went over 400 lbs.
  2. schofield

    schofield Well-Known Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    That's a nice looking Ruger. And nice hog too

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  3. Mike0251

    Mike0251 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 25, 2016
    Beautiful gun and photograph! Ribs too!
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  4. WC145

    WC145 Every day is Saturday and every night's a party!

    Jan 1, 2013
    Nice!! I've never handled a Bisley, I'd like to, it looks like a very comfortable grip.
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  5. Acroyer

    Acroyer I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a 1911 today Supporting Addict

    Dec 16, 2015
    "Stout Load" is certainly one way to describe +P 45 Colt rounds in a Ruger! I took some Underwood 250gr +P loads to the range, because I was thinking about using them as a self defense load. Touching one of those off in a 4 5/8" Blackhawk with regular a plow-handle grip with smooth stocks was quite an experience. After a cylinder full, I was starting to sweat... 250gr Hornady XTP moving at 1400 fps; not range ammo!

    I love the Ruger single action, and I bet that Bisley grip really helps the handling. That's a fine looking shootin' iron!
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  6. gaijin

    gaijin Well-Known Member

    May 18, 2015
    The Bisley grip frame was known for helping "tame" substantial recoil.
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  7. gaijin

    gaijin Well-Known Member

    May 18, 2015
    Yeah, you need to omit the "rapidly" from "rapidly and accurately" with a +P .45 Colt.
    Recovery time from recoil to back on target ain't like a 9mm or even .45 ACP Ball.
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  8. Marine24

    Marine24 Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2015
    The only grip frame for heavy 45 Colt loads.

    Not enjoyable with 325 and 335gr hard cast Bullets but no where near as punishing as the traditional plow handle grip frame.

    My favorite is a 255gr Keith Hard Cast running at 1400 FPS. Great hunting load on deer and hogs.

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  9. Geoff

    Geoff Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2016
    Great pistol, even better that it so successfully fulfills it’s purpose.
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  10. john_anch_ak

    john_anch_ak Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 7, 2017
    That is one super sweet revolver you have there. I think it would look real nice in my hands!
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  11. gaijin

    gaijin Well-Known Member

    May 18, 2015
  12. Greg45acp

    Greg45acp Double Secret Banned

    Oct 31, 2016
    BBBCD4ED-746C-4E2D-AC93-6524E1DF330C.jpeg I have a Ben Forkin built Blackhawk in .41 magnum that is my favorite SA revolver.
  13. gaijin

    gaijin Well-Known Member

    May 18, 2015
    Nice one Greg. Betting it’s a shooter.
    One really nice thing about the .41 mag; the cylinder throats aren’t all over the map like .44’s and .45’s.
    I have/had several .41’s and they all shot well.
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  14. limbkiller

    limbkiller Pulling my hair. Supporting Addict

    Aug 18, 2011
    Damn that is beautiful gaijin!!!!!! Ugly hog but then all are. LOL
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  15. gaijin

    gaijin Well-Known Member

    May 18, 2015
    They smell as bad as they look too LK.
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  16. Mike0251

    Mike0251 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 25, 2016
    @gaijin who did your leather work belt/holster?
  17. Razer

    Razer On The Razers Edge Staff Member Admin Moderator Supporting Addict

    Jul 1, 2012
    Beautiful gun, and that's a lot of bacon!
  18. gaijin

    gaijin Well-Known Member

    May 18, 2015
    That rig is Kirkpatrick Leather Mike.
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  19. Mike0251

    Mike0251 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 25, 2016
    Thank you, again a stunning ensemble!
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  20. Denver1911

    Denver1911 Well-Known Member

    Jan 31, 2014
    Bwah ha ha ..
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