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Old January 9th, 2010, 09:25 AM   #1
 
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44 mag Stainless Super Blackhawk Value ?

I have a Ruger 44 Mag Stainless Super Blackhawk with a 7 1/2 barrel. I shot it about 25 times when I bought it new about 15 years ago. For me, the recoil is just too much. I can shoot big rifles with no problem ( 375H&H ), bit big pistol cartridges are just not for me. I have 2 Ruger 45 Long Colts and love them, recoil is mild and I find them a joy to shoot. The 44 mag is just not for me. Can you guys give me an honest value as to what it would be worth. A gun shop I stopped at here in PA offered me $225, I know this is way low. I believe I would be much better to sell it outright. I am thinking it should be worth about $400 - am I about right ??? I have the original case and all paperwork with it as well if that matters as well as a set of pachmayr grips for it along with the original wood ones......... I would like to sell it and possibly get a Ruger 22 hornet or another Ruger of somekind.



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Old January 9th, 2010, 04:51 PM   #2
 
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Forget the shops and sell it yourself online or at a gun show. I'm not crazy about long barrel models but a stainless Blackhawk for $400 won't last too long in my neck of the woods.
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Thanks, the gun shop I took it to is the same one that gave me $350 for my glock 21, but with the jamming problem I had with it, I was happy to get that. I traded it in on my Ruger 77/22, so it was all good.........I thought it should be worth at least $400. I saw them at this same gun shop and they were $535 new. Once I figure out what I want for sure, I will sell it. I never sold a gun online and dont know much about that process. I would love a Ruger 22 hornet, but I keep hearing of accuracy problems and I find that hard to believe coming from Ruger. I am having problems with my 6mm ruger accuracy, but I believe this to be just finding a load this gun will shoot well. Thanks Again !
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A new stainless SBH , suggested retail is $687.00.
A used one should sell for about $450-$500, in near new condition and complete with box and accessories.
The SBH is usually priced a bit low for the simple reason that there are many nice used ones available, usually fired a box of ammo or less.
A lot of folks buy one on the spur of the moment, often as their first real big bore revolver, and find the recoil unmanagable.

This suits me just fine as I love the supers and currently have five of them, from 4-5/8" to 10-1/2", some blued and some stailnless. I shoot the .44 more than any other big bore and love every minute of it. I have learned to control the recoil by using only the factory stocks or a pair of Ajax ivories, and a pair of Uncle Mike's shooting gloves.



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44 mag

Keep it and reload for it. You said you like the 45's. reload to 45 levels and get rid of the 45's and keep the 44. I also like the 44. Been through all the other calibers. Ended up having too many different pistols because of under kill and over kill. Now have self depense pistols and 44 for hunting. That way you shoot one pistol more often and your shoot ability get better. Instead of haveing a different pistol in your hand every time you turn around.
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I love my 2 ruger 45's. I have shot my Ruger Bisley 45 Colt many times and find the recoil to be mild. I even shot a doe with it. Come to think of it, I dont know if I ever shot my 45 Colt birds head grip....lol......

After my initial shooting of the 44 mag SBH, it just never appealed to me after that. I love the look of it though with the square trigger guard. At one time many years ago I even considered sending it to John Linebaugh and have it converted, but just never did. Having shot both, there is just something about the old 45 Long Colt that I like much better.
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A new stainless SBH , suggested retail is $687.00.
A used one should sell for about $450-$500, in near new condition and complete with box and accessories.
The SBH is usually priced a bit low for the simple reason that there are many nice used ones available, usually fired a box of ammo or less.
A lot of folks buy one on the spur of the moment, often as their first real big bore revolver, and find the recoil unmanagable.

This suits me just fine as I love the supers and currently have five of them, from 4-5/8" to 10-1/2", some blued and some stailnless. I shoot the .44 more than any other big bore and love every minute of it. I have learned to control the recoil by using only the factory stocks or a pair of Ajax ivories, and a pair of Uncle Mike's shooting gloves.



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I bought mine after doing alot of reading about them, but never having shot anything bigger than a 357 magnum, the recoil of the 44 mag was alot more than I expected. To me, its like someone winding up and punching you in the palm of your hand. I put the pachmayr grips on it and I could shoot it better, but I did not like the look of it after that. So I put the original grips back on and have not shot it in about 15 years. I bought it in about 1993-94. It has all the paperwork and they grey case it came in. Plus I have the extra grips and a heavy leather sheath for it, so it should be worth about $500 like you said. I know I shot under 50 rounds out of it, definately not more than that. I had a 25 round box I shot first. I then changed the grips and shot a few of them and that was it. So when I do sell it 9 the right gun has to come along ), someone will be getting a great gun that is like new. I think its a great gun, but maybe its just not for me.
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Keep it and reload for it. You said you like the 45's. reload to 45 levels and get rid of the 45's and keep the 44.
+1

I've had the same model for some 25 years and am of the opinion that this Ruger is worth far too much to part with. Reload cast bullets to plinking or moderate levels and you will be able to shoot plenty and enjoy every moment of it.
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NYEFMAKER,

I understand where you are coming from, if you do handload, you can load it down. I flinch just thinking about the impact on my middle knuckle, from that square trigger guard.

As for the hornet 77/22, I have a VHZ that is boringly accurate with 44 gr V-Max over Lil'gun, as in a thirty cal hole for five rounds at 100 yards. Probably more the rifle than anything.
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NYEFMAKER,

I understand where you are coming from, if you do handload, you can load it down. I flinch just thinking about the impact on my middle knuckle, from that square trigger guard.

As for the hornet 77/22, I have a VHZ that is boringly accurate with 44 gr V-Max over Lil'gun, as in a thirty cal hole for five rounds at 100 yards. Probably more the rifle than anything.
We do handload, but I neved loaded for the 44 mag even though I bought dies for it. After having such a poor initial experience with it, I am sure I would flinch. Maybe I should have gotten the bisley frame version, but I liked the look fo the square trigger guard. I should have shot a 44 mag before I got one. I have the two 45 long colt's and love them. I know if I needed more power, I could always load them up a little. Both of them are fixed site versions which are more designed for cowboy shooting than hunting............I bought the 44 mag after having bought several big bore rifles ( 375H&H; 458 mag; 9.3x74R ) All of those kick alot harder than a 30-06 for instance. So having a big bore pistol, I did not think much of. But boy is it a different experience.

What hornet do you have, the regular walnut version or the stainless laminated stock version ??? I know I would use the little hornet more than I would use the blackhawk. I want a small light cartridge for game up to coyote. My father wants me to get a .222, but I like the hornet. Though both would be good for my needs.
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I understand, the dragoon grip is beautiful, but it doesn't always agree with my hand. But some love it. Follow your heart. I started reading Keith books, and had to have a .44 mag. These days the apple of my eye is the .45 Colt as well, which in a blackhawk, can do anything a .44 mag can do, plus more anytime you want your fillings rattled.

The VHZ is the target grey, heavy barrel, stainless, laminate stock version. I was looking for a quality 22 rf, a picked it up used for a good price, more dies, and bullets... The trigger was tuned before I ever picked it up, and it is all around nice.

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I understand, the dragoon grip is beautiful, but it doesn't always agree with my hand. But some love it. Follow your heart. I started reading Keith books, and had to have a .44 mag. These days the apple of my eye is the .45 Colt as well, which in a blackhawk, can do anything a .44 mag can do, plus more anytime you want your fillings rattled.

The VHZ is the target grey, heavy barrel, stainless, laminate stock version. I was looking for a quality 22 rf, a picked it up used for a good price, more dies, and bullets... The trigger was tuned before I ever picked it up, and it is all around nice.
I really like the look of the dragoon SBH, that why I bought it. Like many things, you buy it bcause you like how it looks. I had never shot a 44 mag before this either. If I could do it over again and knowing what I know now, I would have bought a Bisley 45 Colt RB-45W( I see they still make it ). I have a bisley 45 colt that is gloss stainless with a 5 1/2 barrel. I got a 3" group at 30 yards with it, which I think it pretty good with the fixed sites and all. I am not a crack shot with a pistol anyways. The only pistol I can shoot pretty good is my little bearcat, which probably has more to do with shooting a couple thousand rounds in it. I love it. As for the 45 Colt, the Bisley would have been a better choice. When I got more comfortable with it, I could have loaded it up to near 44 mag specs. And with the Bisley grip frame, it would have been much more managable. There is a reason Linebaugh uses this grip frame on their big bore hand guns. There is just something about the 45 Colt that I fell in love with ( the larger bullet diameter helps...lol)........I am not a handgun hunter and not seeing as many deer as I used to during hunting season, I dont want to waste too many chances messing around.

The 22 hornet is definately very interesting to me. The only cause for concern is the accuracy issues I hear that come with some of them. While others tell me they are very accurate. I am now having problems with my 6mm rem Ruger 77, so for now, one with accuracy issues is enough
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I shoot 44s and 45s both and they are somewhat different in felt recoil. I have someone else load for me, and I'm running 900-1000fps thru both. I can shoot my SBH's all day with these. The 45's....well they tend to get a little buzzy on me after about 5-6 cylinders worth. ALL of my 44's are more accurate btw. The most accurate 45 I have is an Old Army w/ the conversion cylinder. It's just a joy to shoot, but reloads are time consuming with it. I just always have had a tendency to reach for one of my SBH's whenever I go out....but I'm trying REALLY hard to like my New Vaqueros in 45 Colt too!! The fixed sights are taking some getting used to.
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Shoot 44 specials in it and you have gotten past the recoil issue.
In all reality gunshops need to be able to sell it for what you are asking, profit, that is how they stay in business.
$400 is a very realistic asking price to an individual but in my mind not to a shop that needs to resale at a profit.
Any interest in trading it on a stainless Vaquero in 44-40?
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I haven't been on for awhile, new job kept me super busy.

I still have this gun for sale, you would think people would jump on it in the $400-$500 range, especially when the local Gander Mountain has one for $599 used. Mine is in even better shape and have asked all around for over a year.

Heck, at this point, I would trade it for a new stainless ruger bearcat.

How hard and what steps are involved in selling through say gunbroker ?? I dont have any local gun shops that I frequent and when I asked a particular dealer ( Grice's in Clearfield ), they quoted me aprox. $35 to do the paperwork. Don't know about what they charge for shipping, etc.
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