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Old April 17th, 2017, 11:45 AM   #1
 
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Would you buy a Magnum Research BFR?

A lot of people say these things are beasts just like the Ruger big bore single actions. The only reason I would opt for a BFR is because Magnum makes rifle cartridges for their BFR and I think it would be cool to get one in .450 Marlin/30-30/45-70 government etc or even .475 Linebaugh or .500 Smith and Wesson.

Anyone own one of these?



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They are no Ruger

As a grip carver I build only for Ruger SA simply because they are 5 to 1 in market share over all the other SA's put together ....BUT even more importantly Ruger's armors are the best in the business at keeping the gripframe shape within the factory +/- specs making my fitment job MUCH easier

With that said I have been coerced into building for a few local friends grips for their BFRs ....the difference in fit ,finish and amount of metal or lack of metal in the BFR's case quite frankly amazed me with Ruger on top in every instance

The best way I can describe the metal content AND geometry differences ..think of a BFR gripframe as bicycle rim/wheel and the Ruger gripframe as being a bogey wheel on a Sherman tank

I realize the BFR guys are going to howl ...but before you do so ...pull the grips off you BFR and then the gripframe ....now lay it beside the same kind of naked Ruger gripframe ...then figure out how you are going to shape your argument ....and that same difference in metal content occurs throughout

They don't say "built like a tank" about Rugers for nothing

I understand the "KOOL" factor of a traditionally rifle caliber in a pistol ...but I submit that there are few shooters who could continue to remain combat or hunting accuracy after 50 or 100 rounds of 480cal Ruger

I sure as heck could not!!! ...but certainly each to his own ...and I confess to being frugal in that my nature does not lend putting $1000 in a shooter I could only enjoy no more than a few cylinders full per range trip ...BUT then again you maybe a young Buck built like a Bull and the recoil won't attack you "man card" like it surely would mine!!!!!!!!!!!!

Whatever you do ...be safe and enjoy whatever hogleg you end up with

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I have shot (but don't own) a BFR in both 45/70 and 30/30. They seem to me to be a well built revolver, heck they even look like a over grown Super Blackhawk. The hammer appears to be just like a SBH, and they even have Ruger rear sights (with the Ruger eagle on them). I wouldn't be a bit surprised if Ruger didn't really make the guns for Magnum Research. Anyway, the 30/30 aint bad to shoot, the 45/70 is a beast. Well, the guy that owns that loaded up some beastly rounds anyway, the factory stuff felt like nothing after shooting his reloads!
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I would get one in 475.
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I'd love to own one but they're just out of my price range right now. A lot of people don't know that Magnum Research has the BFR frames made at Pine Tree Casting, which is Ruger's investment casting facility.
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I'd love to own one but they're just out of my price range right now. A lot of people don't know that Magnum Research has the BFR frames made at Pine Tree Casting, which is Ruger's investment casting facility.
So does Ruger make them then?
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Their casting facility makes all sorts of steel parts, not just for Ruger guns. They also manufacture automotive parts and tools. Ruger owns the facility but not sure how they contract work out. Essentially if you had the money you could contract out your own parts to your specifications. You can visit their website and read more here: Ruger Investment Casting
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Magnum research is a reputable company, they are best known for the desert eagle which they have sold countless numbers of. I own a 50ae, very accurate and powerful pistol, zero issues.

As far as the BFR I like it. I have several boomers an alaskan 454, smith 29 in 44 mag, and have shot the smith 460, and 500 8". I have never had the chance to shoot a bfr, but they seem to be well made. I almost purchased the 30/30 when it first came out but my bank account would not let me. I would own one in short order. Its a well made pistol. Its made in many powerful calibers, and magnum research has good customer service if you ever need it, which is unlikely. I would rather have the 30/30 bfr over the 500 smith any day. Cheaper to shoot, which means more range time. Just my 2 cents.
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I used to own a BFR in 45/70 with 11 inch bbl. It was one of the most fun handguns that I've owned . I scoped it with a Burris scope and it was a dead shooter at a 100 yds. Unfortunately something else came by and it went the way of many others. It is one of the guns that I regret getting rid of.
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I would shoot any of them. I doubt I would ever buy one. Too many other revolvers I would rather have.
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