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Old 08-26-2005, 8:19 AM
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Old 08-26-2005, 4:13 PM
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I'm not sure why there are differences in fluting, my .357 is my .44 isn't.

I don't have any measurements of my own, but they look extremely close to
the eye. (I'm looking at my .357 Abilene and .357 NM Blackhawk side by
side)
The Abilenes are said to use SBH grips.
Here are some measurements from an article on Sevilles, one of the
incarnations of US Arms and the Abilene, comparing Sevilles to Blackhawks.


Spec Seville Ruger
Cylinder Diameter 1.728" 1.730"
Top-Strap Width 0.692" 0.720"
Top-Strap Height 0.352" 0.300"

Grip frame contour looks the same to my eye as a Blackhawk.

The article is a 2.5 meg pdf that I have if anyone wants it. I also have
a Mossberg book with info and a Mossberg Collectors association newsletter
about these, but these aren't digital.

Only about 6000 of these were made total between all of the companies over ~25 years.

If you're looking to buy one, there's a 44 Abilene on gunsamerica right now at a slightly high price and a couple of Sevilles that are overpriced, just my opinion. There's also a 44 Seville at auctionarms.
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Old 08-26-2005, 12:18 PM
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Yeah, I just knew unfluted would get your attention, bwiese.
Still trying to get a .45LC Abilene.
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Yeah, unfluted gets me every time.

[I may be able to get unfluted cyls for my S&W 686 and new 625 at tolerably reasonable prices. Still looking into it.]

How's the frame & gripframe size on this Abilene gun?

Is it closest to a regular Ruger Blackhawk, sizewise?

Or more toward the size of New Vaquero (about same as Colt SAA)?

The grip curvatures/angles look to be a bit more Remingtonlike than Colt SAA-like at first glance...


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Damn, nice catch!

And unfluted cylinder - oooh-la-la.


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Here's a couple of shots from the seller of my newest Abilene single action. This one's a .44 Magnum with a 7 1/2" barrel. It's being held in state required quarantine right now by Ade, I'll get it on the 6th.
FYI Abilene's are similar to Blackhawks (so close that they were sued by Ruger over the transfer bar)made by various incarnations of US Arms. This particular one was made by AIG, a division of Mossberg between 1980 and 83.
Looks really nice, much better than the low quality pictures.



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