Got a "wish list" gun today for a great price: Ruger .357 Maximum!

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Teddydogno1

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Not even half way down the first aisle at the gun show this morning my eyes locked on this excellent 10 1/2" Maximum for the wonder price of $750! It even came with the original box and shipper sleeve (but no other papers) and a set of Pachmayr grips. I have been watching these for a couple of years hoping to find one at the right time and price. I've very happy to have this waiting for me in Washington's "gun jail" system. Just a couple of quick mug shots from the show.

SN is 600-02013

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The seller was happy to sell to an enthusiast and not someone planning to flip it. I have been wanting one for a while (and a Dan Wesson) to go with my T/C Contender in the same caliber.

Any comments are welcome!

Rob
 

Johnnu2

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THAT IS A GREAT SCORE INDEED..... and a cheapo like me doesn't say that often :)

J.
 

Ride1949

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You did REAL GOOD! As has been said, deals like that don't come around very often. Enjoy.
 

gunzo

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Congrats on getting it And... for a great price.

When I was more active in buying/using Ruger handguns I looked at times hoping to find a clean, reasonably priced Max. It never happened.

Enjoy yours!
 

contender

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KUDOS!!!!!!!!!!!
That box & shipper are harder to find than the papers from inside the box!

As noted,, it's often hard to find a "wish list" gun at a reasonable price. Occasionally I've managed to do it,, but not too often.
 

Onty

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CONGRATULATIONS!!!

BTW, if I am in your shoes, I will stick with single base powders and 175-180 grains bullets. Too many of 357 Maximum were ruined trying to make 357 Swift, using 110-125 grains bullets and double base powders. That's the reason Ruger stopped manufacturing 357 Maximum.
 

contender

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If you are into handloading,, AND into casting bullets,, you need to get the "Bradshaw/Martin" bullet mold for that Maxi.
David Bradshaw had a hand in the .357 Max development,, and a few years ago,, he developed a cast bullet just for the gun. Accurate Molds makes the bullet mold now. Casts a bullet in the 195 grn range.
An EXCELLENT bullet too!
 

jimbo1096

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I looked for one, as you did, for years. When I finally found mine it needed work, I found it had a rebarrel, and it didn't have the box or shipper. But I took it just because I wanted one. I think you did outstanding on picking that one up. I still want another with the shorter 7.5" barrel, so the hunt continues.
 

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