Why have they never reintroduced the Hawkeye?!

WB
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Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 11:15 (10 days ago)

I have always thought Ruger prematurely dropped the idea. Sure it's limited a little on OAL but what about the Maximum frames to add a little. It's basically a revolver with no cylinder (gross oversimplification but you get it)

I think if they could market it for say no more than 25-50% more than a revolver cost it would fly today. With the production advancements I just bet adaptive costs for production and line changes would increase profitability too. Just think how many Huey alone would have to have in hyphenated calibers! lol

Maybe I'm all wet but I think the industry could use some excitement and there are some great cartridges that could be used. Gunsmithing and wildcatting could revitalize that cottage industry by this specific platform alone.

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https://www.rugertalk.com/articles/rugers-wheelgun-that-wasnt-the-single-shot-256-hawke...

Was it introduced before the public had much interest in a

RonE
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Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 11:22 (10 days ago) @ WB

single shot handgun?

I would like to have one! Something different.

BlackPete
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Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 11:47 (10 days ago) @ RonE

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they are out there if you really want one. They

gary reeder
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Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 14:34 (10 days ago) @ BlackPete

run about a grand in good condition.

I'd pay a grand if I had it, but not two.

WB
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Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 14:51 (10 days ago) @ gary reeder

Taffin's custom idea has some real merit! Bisley it! I'd vote for a .218 Bee. But a closed breach .32-20 has surprising zip! So does a .300 GNR.

Keep it simple WB. 321 GNR

Alcorn
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Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 17:07 (10 days ago) @ WB

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I think that would be perfect Alcorn!

WB
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Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 08:42 (9 days ago) @ Alcorn

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Al Goerg used one on a Caribou in Alaska

gary reeder
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Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 14:24 (10 days ago) @ RonE

which was a helluva hunt. A little 60 grain 25 caliber bullet for a 400 lb Caribou.
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I'm not sure how thick chamber walls would be...

Huey
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Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 11:53 (10 days ago) @ WB

If you got over 357 Magnum Brass. I don't believe the hyphenated cartridges above 32-20 would work.

256 Hawkeye

Frank B
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Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 12:19 (10 days ago) @ Huey

Probably several of us older guys regret trading off those guns. Gave thought to building one on a Ruger revolver. The 256, 25/20, 250 GNR revolver changed my mind about that. 6 shots in one of his custom revolvers beats a single shot any day for this old guy. Huey built the desire, Reeder built the gun. Huey can be an expensive influence. LOL

also the barrels would have to be much bigger as

gary reeder
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Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 14:16 (10 days ago) @ Huey

the cartridge actually goes in the barrel. The "cylinder" is just a block that seals off the chamber in the barrel. I think the gun shown in the picture is my old Hawkeye. To load the gun you release the lock on the left side of the block (AKA cylinder), roll the block to the left, drop the entire cartridge down in the barrel and close the block. So there are no chamber walls. The walls are the sides of the barrel and as I mentioned for anything bigger than a 256 Winchester the barrels would have to be much bigger.

The frame/bbl. hole in my .510 GNR is pretty big!

WB
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Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 14:42 (10 days ago) @ gary reeder

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10" BARREL, BISLEY GRIP FRAME AND HAMMER.

JT
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Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 14:14 (10 days ago) @ WB

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Would love one

Mike horn
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Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 14:18 (10 days ago) @ WB

This is something that I would like to get

Here’s one Scotty ...

Curt
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Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 15:35 (10 days ago) @ WB

Hawkeye #2440...1963 vintage. Wonderful little rig. Gary mentioned Goerg’s caribou hunt and that inspired my hunt below.

The .256 Win Mag with 75 gr Hornady FP

35 yds... 74gr retained weight after the big doe went 45 and fell. Hit her behind last rib and bullet was recovered from front leg socket. The internals were mush from that little bullet which is evident below from the entry hole when I rolled her over.

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Good show Curt! Love that bullet in my .255 Banshee

WB
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Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 20:19 (10 days ago) @ Curt

It looks tougher constructed than I figured. Maybe I better look at the 60 gr. for the Banshee.

Here’s the 60gr beside it .... both fired into old punk wood

Curt
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Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 05:48 (9 days ago) @ WB

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Look how much energy was in the entry... look at that trauma from the 75
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One thing Gary has always said that I think is sage advice for medium game or smaller. Lighter bullets kill well. This .256 is a sleeper

I got to drag my stuff out. Get the .255 running again.

WB
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Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 06:14 (9 days ago) @ Curt

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I lied, that was under the shoulder, so “exit”

Curt
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Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 06:32 (9 days ago) @ WB

The bullet was lodged in the should socket.

The .255 Banshee and .240 Banshee are both

WB
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Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 07:19 (9 days ago) @ Curt

really fun underrated rounds. It's sort of a modern .25-20 for the handgun. The .22 Hornet case is not all that strong but the Banshee design makes the best of it. As long as you don't expand primer pockets they last pretty well.

The .240 Banshee really surprised me with velocity. Maybe 10% faster than the .255 with a little lighter bullet. But I figure the 6mm Revolver will take a while to catch on.

The .256 is interesting but I bet a handful in the revolver. Sticking cases prematurely. The .250 GNR is a good idea too which maybe gets a pass on most problems.

The terminal energy on game you reported is encouraging.

I'm intrigued by the Banshee rounds, I do

Derek
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Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 11:03 (9 days ago) @ WB

Think that the 256 Gnr would be a good one also. Any body using a 256Gnr?

That's basically the .256 Win. on the Maximum case?

WB
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Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 11:38 (9 days ago) @ Derek

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yes and it has proven a very good cartridge thru the years

gary reeder
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Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 18:24 (9 days ago) @ WB

even on large animals like a 300 lb hog, blowing thru the hog side to side.

that is true. For medium size game and smaller

gary reeder
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Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 09:53 (9 days ago) @ Curt

the lightweight bullets do an extreme amount of destruction. look at the hundreds and hundreds of deer and a bit larger game that has been taken with the 170 grain Sierra in the 41 GNR. It is like a lightning strike and deer seldom even take a step after being hit. Our Raptor series of cartridges do the same thing. Extreme internal destruction. At the Y.O. ranch during development of the 240 and 257 Raptors the smaller Texas deer didn't even take a step after being hit with either of these and even out at 200 yards it was an instant killer.

if you want a Hawkeye, here you go

gary reeder
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Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 16:49 (10 days ago) @ WB

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