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    Any Buntline owners out there?

    I am purchasing a Colt Buntline Special in 45 Colt with a 12 in barrel. It was made in 1980, and I will post pictures when I can pick it up in 3 more weeks. In NJ we can only buy one handgun every 31 days. I really need to move South...
    Are all Buntline Specials worth lettering? Does anyone know the actual production numbers for third generation Buntliness, and would these be custom shop guns? It does not have the original box and condition is around 96-97%.
    Should be real fun to shoot.
    It anyone has one, I would love to see some pictures and hear your opinions from owning one.
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    Congrats!

    I personally wouldn’t letter a 3rd Gen Buntline.
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    I have one ( welcome to the club!), the original boxes were long and plan tan cardboard colored box with egg crated black foam interior. A spotting scope case makes a wonderful range case to carry the gun to the range. I would not waist money on a letter. It’s most likely original and while few were made, some dealers and owners had the barrels changed to short barrels to sell the gun. I don’t think I have heard of someone having a standard length barrel SAA installing a buntline barrel and just look at the buntline barrels on eBay and gun broker to confirm this. Everyone smiles when they see a buntline and want to hold it but even fewer will actually buy one. Hell yes they are fun to shoot and of course manage recoil very well indeed. It’s maybe because I own 2 buntlines ( one is the Ned Buntline nickel NF) that since owning the other 3 common barrel lengths of the SAA, that I choose if I only were to have one, it would be the 7 1/2 barrel length. Still have not shot a 10” barrel example though.
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    Forgot that I took a couple of pics at the FFL...
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    I'm guessing than that this must be the original box then. I told them to chuck it. Hopefully its still there.
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    Thanks for the info smkummer!
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    I was planning on shooting this one since it was a lot less than my 5 1/2 in 3rd generation.
    I don't really seeing the value appreciating with these but I guess as with all Colts... never say never.
    Any other pics out there, I would love to see them.
    Where they available in other calibers?
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    Also one in .22.
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    I should take a nice photo with them both together,
    and with some props of some type.
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    I had a 2nd gen Buntline Special but it was not original. Someone took a 2nd gen 357 and made it into a 45 colt Buntline.DSCN0608.JPG I in turn had a 5 1/2" barrel put on it that I bought here from a fellow member.DSCN0619.JPG I didn't care for that 12" barrel, it just didn't feel right. I do have a factory letter that came with it that says it started out as a 357 back in 1966. Enjoy your buntline and if mine was original I would have left it that way.
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    In the 3rd generation buntlines, it appears the 45 colt were common in blue/cc. One observes nickel buntlines in 44 special. With the Ned Buntline NF nickel 45 of which supposedly 3000 were made, it took 20 years for these to finally surpass the 1980 retail price of $895.
    My first buntline was a new in the box blued 45 bought in 1989 for $500 at a Sioux Falls, SD gun show. I had 500 to spend and wanted another SAA. That was the only one I could negotiate to the 500 dollar mark. For 5 years I kept it new in the box and maybe got about $800 for it in exchange for other colts. After I sold it, I really wished I had shot it. This was to be solved by finding another 15 years later and soon after I bought that Ned Buntline for $900 which I couldn’t pass up.
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