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Old April 8th, 2017, 03:44 PM   #1
 
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Will it hurt the value of the gun if I have it drilled and tapped for scope mount or are the clamp on mounts good enough? Any suggestions ?



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Old April 8th, 2017, 04:13 PM   #2
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Yes, if the gun is pristine with box and papers, being the kind of gun a collector would consider adding to a collection.

Otherwise, if it is a nice shooter grade Blackhawk, then it will simply depend on the prospective buyer, should you later try to sell it. Years, ago, I bought an Old Model 357 that had been drilled and tapped and the job had been well done, so it didn't bother me in the least. I later sold the gun to a friend who didn't care, either. Neither of us planned to scope the gun, but it was kind of nice to have that option. Other prospective buyers, of course, could feel differently. In other words, drilling and tapping may reduce the number of interested buyers. Just means you may have to wait a bit more to find the right one.
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Yes! Drilled and tapped top straps not only kill value but drive down the marketability if you ever want to sell the gun.

What caliber is the gun? Clamp on mounts have worked satisfactorily for years unless maybe your shooting a custom big bore of .454 Casull.

If you don't care, and decide to get it tapped, at least get plug screws to fill the holes if you take the scope off.

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I've run a Weigand clamp on scope mount on a 44mag Super Blackhawk 10" barrel without any issues.

I would think the cost of having your revolver drilled and tapped (plus any potential devaluation for doing so) would cost more than a clamp on mount.

At the end of the day though it's your revolver to do with as you please.
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not if it is a shooter grade.
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Thanks everyone for the advice I'm going to go the clamp on route since it's just a shooters grade 357.
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