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So the final process was file it down using strokes inline with where I wanted the grain to point as well as diagonally across both flat surfaces to keep the areas flat and keep myself from beveling the surface. Finishing with strokes along the grain pattern I wanted.

Then wet sand with 600 grit. A couple times I switched to 400 in spots because of deeper scratches from the file, then back to wet sanding with 600.

I lightly polished with Mother’s mag polish. This left any imperfections highly visible as I polished more than I wanted.

Finally, I reinstalled it on the gun, taped off the edges of the cylinder frame so I wouldn’t harm the original finish and used a heavy duty Scotch Brite pad using 3-4 firm but not hard strokes in one direction. The combination of the polished surface underneath with the light scratches left by the Scotch Brite pad left a near perfect finish to match the factory finish.

I left my phone upstairs so I will grab a picture after the grip panels arrive tomorrow afternoon.
 

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Looks great. Gators has a 10.5 inch. For 700.00. But im holding off. Going to buy a newer SUV this fall. I did something stupid trying to fix my wiper assy on my Saturn. I cracked my windshield. Taking off the wiper arms. Hit it with a rachet, The assy is close to 200.00 And a new windshield is around 220.00. Im not putting that much into a car with 225k on it. I have to Nov to get something. The inspection is good through Oct.
 
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Max really likes how the new grip feels. He shoots it better too. That’s between 25-27 yards. I saw the first 2 hit the plate, didn’t see the second 2 while I was digging my phone out of my pocket, then he hit the last 2 shots. So I didn’t see if he missed any but I saw 4 hit the plate.

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Those standard Ruger grips beat my hands up with heavy recoiling loads, just something about the shape and length of the grip vs an SAA or Bisley style grip.
 
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I tried my best to explain what my experience was. Lot of different opinions in this thread. Personally, I love the Bisleys when it comes to Rugers. The Colt SAA grip I’m ok with up to 45 Colt. Never tried anything heavier with the Colt grip. The Ruger interpretation of the SAA grip just feels like a different animal.

BTW, that Super Blackhawk grip feels good on the .357. It doesn’t kick near as hard.
 
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