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Blackhawk .357 - it ain't purdy, but it'll do

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Quoheleth, Sep 13, 2012.

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  1. Quoheleth

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    I bought this today on Gunbroker http://pics.gunbroker.com/GB/305337000/305337484/pix060334375.jpg

    I had been looking for a .41 Mag, but didn't want to pay the prices they are commanding. When I saw the price on this one, and it had the desired 6.5" barrel and wood grips, I decided to throw down a bid.

    She's been rode hard, that's for sure, but for a $266 winning bid, I figured it's a Ruger - it gets better with age. Can't hardly wear 'em out. Finish isn't much to brag on, but I want a shooter. With it looking like that I don't have to sweat it if it gets a scratch on it. What do you think? Is this a pretty safe bet?

    It'll be Monday or Tuesday before it gets here, so the hard part is the wait.

    Q
     
  2. W.E.G.

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    Shooter!
     
  3. Jaymo

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    Blackhawks are sweet. Like you said, it's a Ruger. It's got it where it counts.
    Besides, since it's a shooter and not a collector, you can always get it reblued.

    I wonder how it would look with a dark gray parkerized finish?
     
  4. firesky101

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    It's no NIB colt, but she looks good enough. Shoot, enjoy, repeat.
     
  5. W.E.G.

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    I think it looks GREAT with the honest finish it wears.

    Please don't spoil it with some expensive buff-down refinish, acid bath, or spray paint.
     
  6. Walkalong

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    Sweet. Nice pick up. :)
     
  7. BCRider

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    It looks like some good honest wear to me. And thanks to the "patina" it has you don't need to fret over that "First Scratch" like it was a new gun.... :D

    Frankly I find that some slight to moderate amount of honest wear actually makes me like a gun all the more. Sure, it isn't a shiney new penny that catches the light. But it's like a "lightly aging" older person that still looks good with grey hair and a few light character wrinkles.... I had to say that since I like to think I fit the bill.... :D

    Personally the most I would do to it is have the muzzle crown re-done if it proves to be anything less than a tack driver despite trying to find the load it likes the best.
     
  8. Jaymo

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    I will be the voice of dissent. I like a nice, deep blue. I'm not a fan of finish wear.
    Problem is, I like to shoot mine, too.
     
  9. Arkansas Paul

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    I'd take that for $266 all day long.
    I have a Blackhawk in .45 Colt. I want a 4 5/8" in .357 mag.
    The .41 you're wanting would be sweet as well.
     
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    W.E.G. - that's the one! The other photos show the wear on the gun, especially the trigger guard.

    Thanks,
    Q
     
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    Rode hard? Hardly rode from the ones I've seen around here, and in .41 mag to boot. Nice find.
     
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    I'd like to find one like that to "spoil" by turning it into a custom Bisley .500. :D
     
  14. Salmoneye

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    Carry wear, but looking at the turn line, it has not been shot much...

    I also would like a .41 Mag, but like you will wait till I get one for my price...

    Keep looking, and sooner or later one will come to both of us...

    Till then, enjoy the .357!!!
     
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    For the price, i think you did just fine. Looks to be used but not abused. Enjoy.
     
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    Ruger could refurbish it for relatively low cost. Being already a New Model, there are no worries about its having a "safety conversion" put in it.
     
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    Leave it as it is, I love my worn Blackhawks--they get better with age:)
    Smokeyloads
     
  18. murf

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    those guns are meant to be "rode hard and put up wet". enjoy that fine weapon.

    murf

    p.s. the wet part means oil, not water.
     
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    Congrats. I looked at that same Ruger last week before buying another.
     
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    That wear is not too bad to me. I'd rather have honest carry wear than pitting and rust anyday! I have a m19-4 with some wear and it is a favorite shooter of mine.
     
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    I want to tell you something about older blackhawks, I get a 1 1/2" group out of mine off hand at 20 yds.

    Mine is a 1968 4 screw

    for some reason I can't get a picture of mine to upload.
     
  22. MikeJackmin

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    Looks perfect to me. Safe queens are guns you're saving for someone else. Shooters are the guns you have for yourself.
     
  23. Jaymo

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    I love my .44 Special Blackhawk. I bought it in July and have put a couple hundred rounds through it. Blackhawks are great revolvers.
     
  24. mesinge2

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    Good line!

    And I agree
     
  25. Jaymo

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    Oh, and, you're damned right, it'll do. It'll do very well, and for a long, long time.
     
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