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    Looking for that Free Advice

    Never owned a SAA and that is going to come to an end. I know that I want a 44 Special caliber and 3rd generation is fine. I prefer the case hardened/blued guns and am torn between the 4 3/4 and 5 1/2 inch. I will be shooting this gun mostly with 240 gr cast lead. I have a couple cases of Buffalo Bore loaded ammo and will eventually reload. I have located one that is like new in the box with the 5 1/2 inch barrel for $1900 shipped. It is a 1979 gun if that makes any difference. All opinions and advice appreciated. Need to let the guy know by tomorrow.

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    I think .44 makes your search a little harder , rather than .45 .
    i would really try and find a 2005 or later production .
    Seems a LITTLE high @ 1900 for a 1979 model .
    if your post count (15min.) allows , I would post a want to buy , and find one here .
    i am confident you will find a fine example at a fair price from our membership.

    Most importantly though - Buffalo Bore is usually a very hot load , make sure it is safe in your revolver .
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    Myself....I like the 4 3/4" but if the price is right, go for a 5 1/2 or 7 1/2. I have all three. The 7 1/2" .44special is a real tack driver.
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    High end of the scale for an early 3rd gen and more than I would pay.
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    I can’t really answer as to if that price is good or not, but IMO no serious gun collection is complete without at least ONE SAA!
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    i would really try and find a 2005 or later production .

    Can you explain? I really know nothing.
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    Late 2nd Gen and early 1st gen SAA's are known to have variable quality. Fit and finish on these guns can be of quite poor quality. Follow the advice others have given and look for a 3rd gen SAA with serial number above S34600A. Those built in 2005 which others have recommended have serial numbers above S38000A.

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    So serial number SA26XXX may be poor quality?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bravastar1 View Post
    So serial number SA26XXX may be poor quality?
    Maybe not but as others have said,later 3rd gens especially above S34500A have the removable bushing which is a pretty nice feature. In my limited experience this same group have a little better case colors but that can be subjective. I’ll post some pics of what I’m talking about. My dual cylinder 4-3/4” in 45 in the S26000A has pretty good bluing and case colors. Then check out S67000A in 7-1/2” which in addition to the colors has the removable bushing. Pete

    UPDATE to removable bushing,I just saw S35200A and it does NOT have a removable bushing. So if you are looking for that feature don’t go by serial number but do an examination to be sure!!




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    Not every egg in the Basket has a crack...This is a 1979 Gun, chambered in .44 Special with an additional Factory .44-40 cylinder and you couldn’t pry it out of my hands at $2,500.00.







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