Help with SBH price


December 7, 2007, 04:24 PM
Dad is considering a three-screw Super Blackhawk, 5 1/2", stainless, with stag grips.

The owner wants $650.

Is this reasonable, and if not, what would a reasonable offer be? I have searched, and found nothing that would help me.

It's really weird to have my Dad asking me for advice about guns. That's just backward from the way it's supposed to work... the man gave me 4 of the first 5 guns I ever owned.

Help me do my Dad right... 'cause he's my Dad.


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December 7, 2007, 05:15 PM
Sounds a bit high to me, especially if it isn't pristine. People with the "3-screw" models often get more than a little "out there" with their pricing. And Truth is, the "3-screws", in general, don't shoot any better than later models.
If you Dad is looking for a shooter, he's better off getting a "new" model and spending the substantial money he saves on practice ammo.

Good Luck !!!

December 7, 2007, 06:14 PM
As mentioned on the other forum you asked the same question, there was NO, repeat NO stainless 3-screws. Anyone passing it off as such is one I certainly would trust with any other "facts" regarding the firearm.

December 7, 2007, 06:37 PM
Dad is going to look at the gun, and I've passed the info along to him. I am not going to assume bad intent on the part of the seller, as I don't know him.

I'll just call him misinformed.

So, Dad's going to see the gun, and I've told him what I could find out about it. Blue Book is $450 for NIB, down to $250 at 95%. Stag grips aren't cheap, but there's no way this gun's worth $650.

We'll see what the seller will take, although given the back story (bought gun from buddy who needed money, buddy skipped town, etc, etc...) he may not be able to come down much. If that's the case, I'll advise him to pass.

Thanks all for your help.


PS (mostly for BlkHawk357): The reason I cross-posted to THR and TFL (something I do NOT do) is that Dad was already driving out to see the piece, and I needed info quickly. You all came through, as I expected that you would.

December 7, 2007, 07:00 PM
Oooops. I didn't catch the "stainless" part and, come to think of it, I don't recall any 3-screw .357 ever being made in a 5 1/2" barrel. I suppose it could have been some odd run or something.
Wow! Was I ever asleep at the wheel on this one? ! :eek::banghead:

Sounds to me like a seller I would not want to do business with.

December 7, 2007, 07:14 PM
$650 sounds like top dollar, but actually for a pristine new model SBH with stag grips, it may not be too high. Real stag grips are pricey, at least $200. If they are nice, well fitted grips I might consider it, if I was in the market for a SBH.

Ruger does currently make the SBH in stainless with a 5 1/2" barrel, new they are about $430- $450.

December 7, 2007, 08:24 PM
Turns out to have been an Old Model, blued (as they all were, I now know). The barrel had been cut down to 5 1/2", I don't know by whom. According to Dad, the gun appears to be near-new, no holster wear or cylinder ring or marks. Stag grips, as advertised. I don't know where the blued/stainless confusion came in.

the owner seemed to be a nice guy, with also a S&W 29 and a Freedom Arms .454. So he was selling the Ruger.

Dad said he knows he paid a bit too much "by the book", but he loves the gun, and feels that, in the hand, it's worth what he paid.

Having not seen the gun, I can't argue with that, nor would I if I had grounds to.

Thanks again to all who helped, your information was appreciated.


December 7, 2007, 09:07 PM
Your Dad didn't do badly then, used OMs go for more than used NMs. The cut down barrel would hurt the price for a collector, but a 5 1/2" barrel is much handier than a 7 1/2" for a shooter, IMO.

Ben Shepherd
December 7, 2007, 11:58 PM
A couple questions:

1: What kind of stag? Any idea?

2: Was the barrel recrowned properly?

Annswer those correctly and maybe your father came out pretty good.

December 8, 2007, 12:55 AM
While the 5 1/2" barrel wasn't standard on the Old Model it does, in fact, balance and feel better than the standard lengths (4 5/8" and 6 1/2").
Hopefully all is well. And anyway - "worth it" is subjective too and if your Dad is delighted with it the only sane thing left to do is go shooting. :D

December 9, 2007, 05:02 PM
Gun came as pictured, with holster and rug.

Thought folks would like to see it.

Thanks all for the help!!


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