Would you make this trade? help appreciated.


February 14, 2014, 12:52 AM
Hello guys. I have a 1941 Swedish Mauser thats in pretty decent condition. A local guy is looking to do a straight trade for a Ruger Blackhawk in 45LC. He says it was made in 1978. He says its got no rust or pitting and is in good working order.

Assuming it is in good shape when i physically inspect it, is this a good deal for me? I reload and got that rifle for about 110$ so i doubt ill be doing too bad, but id like to use this revolver when hunting/hiking and would like to load it pretty hot.

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February 14, 2014, 03:07 AM
As they stand at current value, I'd put that at about an even trade.
If I had more need or use of the Ruger than the Mauser, I'd make that trade.
In the future I have the feeling it will be easier to find another Ruger than a solid Swedish Mauser still in military configuration though. I'd have to think good and hard about whether it would be better to just save up the $400 it would cost to buy a decent used Ruger.

February 14, 2014, 07:00 AM
Not a trade I'd be willing to make. I like the Mauser too much to trade it for a common as dirt handgun.

February 14, 2014, 07:03 AM
I had a few Swedes and occasionally regret selling them.
That being said, you have a use for the revolver, so I would make the deal.

February 14, 2014, 07:32 AM
While the Swedish Mauser might have slightly more value to a collector the Ruger Blackhawk has a real practical value to you. I would make the trade and then somewhere down the road I would have it hard chromed plated.

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February 14, 2014, 07:43 AM

February 14, 2014, 07:58 AM
Don't think I'd do it personally

February 14, 2014, 08:58 AM
I'd do that trade in a minute. The .45 LC Blackhawk will certainly nicely as a hunting/trail companion. It's pretty much what John Taffin refers to as a "PPP", Perfect Packing Pistol. It'll handle stout loads easily and I find a stoutly loaded .45LC much more pleasant to shoot than a .44 mag. Heavy, well constructed bullets at moderate velocity will do all that needs doing, no need to go nuclear with the loads for a couple extra fps.

John Linebaugh was a trailblazer in developing heavy .45 LC loads and has written on it extensively:


That should get you started in the right direction. A little googling can get you more info.

February 14, 2014, 09:25 AM
My uses would be better served by the revolver. How about yours?

February 14, 2014, 04:15 PM
Looks like it boils down to which you want/use? I would take the Blackhawk

February 14, 2014, 09:02 PM
I'd also take the Blackhawk - I'd have no personal use for a WWII Swedish Mauser even it it did have some collector value. And if it was that collectable, I'd be afraid to shoot it much, if any. I'd have use for that Blackhawk every month of the year and I'd be unlikely to wear it out in my lifetime.

February 14, 2014, 09:47 PM
my personal take on this particular subject is that a weapon was made to be shot, not to sit in a safe and never go outside and play. maybe i personify too much...but consider it this way...do you think you will regret losing the swede? if so dont make the trade. You can save up as others have said and get teh 45lc ruger which is plenty easy to find...or get one in any other caliber you may prefer. Doubtful i would jump on a 45lc but a 357 i would consider. its all in what your preference is. Go with your gut on it, but dont trade it off just to have a new toy to play with

February 22, 2014, 01:36 AM
really cant say i could make that trade. not a fan of mauser safety at all. but that rifle looks nice.
that blackhawk as pictured LOOKS nice but here is the thing. even a blackhawk only has so much longevity as to how long it will last with heavy loads. same as super blackhawk.

ive a person selling a super blackhawk can swear up and down that the stretched frame and damaged lockup was caused by "shooting normal factory ammo sicne 1980' like i was almost suckered into getting, one from 1978 should be pretty loose by now..
i believe if it turned out to be a bad revolver ruger would charge you about 350 to replace it with a new one.. a brand new one is only about 490-520 depending on seller.

February 22, 2014, 01:54 PM
You have an M38 Swede with the "bent" bolt handle.
I've had one since 1995 or 96.
There is no way in hell I'd make the trade.
They don't make them anymore.
The Ruger is common and still in production.

A buddy asked me to trade him my Swede M38 for an old pre safety Marlin 336 in .35 Rem.
As much as I like the old marlins and the .35 rem cartridge, my immediate response was "HELL NO!!".

The quality of steel and heat treat in the Swede is without peer.
The accuracy of the 6.5x55 is phenomenal.

February 23, 2014, 12:46 PM
It looks like that Blackhawk has been retrofitted with a Super Blackhawk hammer; I would normally approve of that mod, but it makes me wonder what other tinkering was done, and to what standard of expertise. You might ask the seller if he'd be OK with letting a gunsmith look it over before you trade away an excellent deer rifle.

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