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$300 a reasonable price for a Ruger Bearcat?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by wellfedirishman, Jul 6, 2007.

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  1. wellfedirishman

    wellfedirishman Member

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    Hi All,

    Quickie question:
    Is $300 a reasonable price for a used Ruger Bearcat, very nice condition with most of the blue and no spin mark on the cylinder? From the research I have done on Gunbroker etc it looks about right.

    This one is the old 3 screw without the modern safety, and has a brass trigger guard. I think it is pre-1975.

    My local store has one for $300 and I am considering buying it. However I just bought a Single Six (used, at a really great price) which I am still waiting for so I am debating whether or not to double up and get the Bearcat too.

    Are they different guns for different purpose or too similar to notice the difference? I know the size/weight of the bearcat is about half that of the single six.

    An advice would be appreciated.

    Thanks! :)
     
  2. eliphalet

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    I have one of each and each has it's place I guess. For carry hiking, fishing or what not, I like the Bearcat for size and weight for hunting, plinking or paper, I can do better with the Single-Six.
    For price I would do a "sold search" on Gunbroker and Auctionarms.
     
  3. Gaucho Gringo

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    I don't know where you live but I nave not seen a used Ruger .22 of any kind for less than $350.00, usually they want as much or more than new. If it were me I would try to dicker on the price a bit. It never hurts to try and you can always buy it at the asking price if he won't go down.
     
  4. wellfedirishman

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    Maybe CA prices are not too bad after all

    That is funny, I have had reasonable luck around here in CA with buying used and finding decent prices.

    FYI, a local store (Irvington Arms in Fremont, CA) has an old model Ruger Single Six for $150 in reasonable condition (bluing is worn but looks ok) as of a couple days ago.
     
  5. CMcDermott

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    Thats a pretty good price for a Bearcat, but look at the serial number. If it starts with a letter and has only three number digits, then it is one of the original "alphabet" series produced in the late 50's/early 60's and is a collectable.
     
  6. wellfedirishman

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    Got it today

    I ended up purchasing it for $300, in excellent condition, bore and cylinder look perfect, and serial # in 46,000 range. Looks like someone bought it, carried it a few times, maybe shot a box of ammo through it then cleaned it and stored it away for 30 years.

    It will be a cute gun to teach my nephew to shoot with when he is old enough :)
     
  7. eliphalet

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    Made in 64 I think, hopefully it will now get to see the light of day and get used like it was made to do. Enjoy.
     
  8. Geno
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    My daughter loves her Bearcat! So do I. Glad you got it.
     
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