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Old March 12th, 2020, 08:34 AM   #1
 
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1957 Flat top trade value

Traded for a 1957 .357 BH. Real pleased so far.
95% finish, slight wear at muzzle and on sharp edges. Few specks of rust that cleaned up nice. Loading gate turning plum. Pointer on rear sight. Dimpled ejector rod, front sight has serrated blade only.
Bore is perfect.
Previous owner just carried it while hunting, no idea of history. He did give me the ammo he had. One box .357 with 6 rds missing. One box .38's with 12 rds missing. Don't think he shot it much.
No turn line on cylinder, which amazes me.
Looking for any thoughts.

Whats a good insurance value?, these seem all over the place.

Will a factory letter indicate if the grips are original?

Thanks
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old greybeard, Old Models typically don't get a cylinder turn line unless the owner is abusive. That's because the hammer plunger holds the cylinder latch down longer into the cocking cycle, unlike a New Model where the cylinder latch pops up soon after the cylinder begins to rotate and rubs on the cylinder.

The grips have period correct medallions, but I doubt if they were originally shipped with the gun. The grips should be XR3 black hard rubber. Ruger offered walnut grips for a few bucks more and that should show up on a letter of authenticity if they were shipped on the gun. There's a good chance the walnut grips were purchased after the gun shipped. If so, the value of the gun will be a few bucks lower but not significantly lower. The grips look a bit dark but that's normal with walnut. Looks like you got an excellent specimen …. good find on a scarce model!!. Your flattop should be insured for at least $750.

Here's my OM Single-Six early round gate made in 1958 ….. same exact grip frame as your flattop with the standard black hard rubber grips.


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Wow, $750, thanks. Valued my trade at $600 so I did ok.
Your SS is beautiful.
Will get the letter, for $10 that is a bargain compared to S&W and Colt.
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What a nice revolver you found.

I stumbled on one for 850.00 a few weeks ago. It was no where near as nice. It may have been 85%. I doubt they got that for it, but you might consider over insuring. We tend to buy the policy and then never update, leaving us short in just a few years.

Whether it came with those walnut grip panels or not, I sure like them. They have a nice rich dark finish. I also enjoy that plumb gate. I can't honestly say I believe plum looks better than blue, but for some reason I am drawn to it. It gives the revolver a seasoned sense of character. I'll pay a few extra bucks for a well plumed revolver.

Thanks for sharing.
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I enjoy the plum color as well. I traded a 1950 Marlin 39a for it which had a great red patina to the barrel in the sunlight. Really liked that color, and never thought I’d trade it, but this pistol was too nice.
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That would be a tough choice to make.

But, I do see more 39s than flat tops.
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