357 Blackhawk to 38-40 Conversion w/ Herter's Barrel? *Pics*

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waarp8nt

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I have always been a gun guy since way back when I was a little tike. My uncle told me about having a Ruger Blackhawk 357 converted to a 38-40. At that age...it was a gun so I was interested, but really had no clue what he was talking about. My uncle passed a little over a year ago and I am in the process of getting his "custom" Blackhawk from the estate by agreement with my aunt. I should be getting it Friday the 11th, so no pictures yet as private sales in IL require 3 day wait.

The barrel was made in West Germany...my guess is the conversion was done let 70's or early 80's. Any earlier than that and I doubt I would remember, but its possible he told the story not in real time, but past tense. Also, from a quick internet search it appears Herter's went out of business in 1981.

My questions for you fine folks is as follows; was this a common conversion starting with a Ruger Blackhawk 357 to convert to 38-40 using a Herter's barrel in .401? Value...does such a conversion hurt or help the value? I won't sell because of the family history, just curious the current value.

Any and all information, questions, comments and/or smart remarks appreciated!
 

Chuck 100 yd

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Value depends on the quality of the work. Using a Herters Powermag barrel would be no different than starting with a raw barrel blank depending on the work done and the level of craftsmanship and the accuracy of the chamber work.
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Hondo44

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Yeah, what Chuck said.

It's a great cartridge and very few Rugers made for it from the factory. But we need to see it. Large frame or mid size?

A nice job and not a lot of wear would probably sell for $500 + or -.

I had to make mine with a custom barrel blank on a new model large frame Blackhawk. I've dressed it in steel grip frame with steel ejector housing and Super Blackhawk low, wide hammer:

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win1894s

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that's my plan. but I havnt decided on frame size.just got barrel from sac Johnson. going to try to put all together my self including rechamber the cylinders
 

win1894s

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I'm thinking new vaq in 357. that way I can chamber it 10mm.IF MY uberti 38/40 cylinders fit ill buy one from gun parts corp.don't want to change out my old vaqueros
 

waarp8nt

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After the required 3 day wait on private sales. The pictures have been uploaded for your viewing pleasure!
 
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