Picked up a Bird's head grip frame....

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bluestraw

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Hello all,
Just bought this off of GB. Here's the description the seller listed...

"Ruger brass bird head grip frame with grips. will fit black hawk,super blackhawk and varqueo old big guns. Not for 3 screws or new small frames"

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Now I plan on eventually putting this on a Ruger Old Army. :) Now, in an effort to combat 'buyers remorse', what would you guys price this at?

Thanks,
Blue
 

JimMarch1

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Fitting that to an Old Army is going to be messy. The ROA is the last of the "old model" or "three screw" actions.

I'm about 95% sure...others will no doubt come in to confirm or deny.

That said, no more are being made. Was it ever fitted to any gun? That would drop the value significantly. It's not a Ruger part, it's a QPR or MKtech most likely. If it was never fitted to a gun, it can now be fitted to most anything post-'72 other than the ROA.

If unfitted, I'd be willing to bet somebody would pay $200...maybe more.
 

americal

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It is going to look good on whatever you decide 8) don't have one but sure like the looks of Birdhead--frame my 3&5/8ths VAQ. has regular frame :)
 

Axehandle

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Robb Barnes gave me one that was NIB last year... Had to buy grips for it since it didn't come with them... I have a blue Vaquero style Single Six 32 that I plan to take to John G soon for a little fitting and finishing...

Any of you Jasper guys seen/shot the birdshead 475L that John built for one of his local buddies? I got to see it last month... Evil looking thing... Might look friendlier in brass! :D
 

Bigboreshooter

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I absolutely LOVE my birdshead Vaquero. It is by far the most comfortable SA grip IMHO. Even with stout 300gr handloads, the birdshead grip is more comfortable than the regular grip of my Blackhawk.

I think you will enjoy shooting whichever gun you put it on very much.
 

bluestraw

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The owner told me the following:

"They have been fitted to a frame. They came from Brownells years ago."

He was selling two of these and I am thinking about purchasing the other. To buy, or not to buy. That is the question.
 

Aggie01

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With grips, they were going for 170 or so at brownells before the supply dried up.
 

BlkHawk73

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Just saw that on GB. Been kinda looking for one so maybe...keeping fingers crossed.
 

bluestraw

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Can anyone tell me why Ruger brass frame grips are no longer being manufactured? It's not like there isn't a market for them?
 

BlkHawk73

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Gripframes? Aftermarket...Cost as a guess. Not exactly a huge market or they would've stayed in production. I'm thinking with the cost of materials going up these past few years it wasn't cost efficient to continue production.
 

BlkHawk73

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I got it. Now I gotta figure out what to do with it. Don't care for these on the large frames as they look to small proportionally. Gotta get either another 50th Ann BH or another Single Six as a base. Hmmmm....
 

bluestraw

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Well I might just display mine till it finds a home. :lol: If it's not possible to put on one of my Old Armies, hey wait, how queer would this look on a scoped 9.5 single six? :roll: :wink:
 

bluestraw

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BlkHawk73":zrif2qxc said:
I got it. Now I gotta figure out what to do with it. Don't care for these on the large frames as they look to small proportionally. Gotta get either another 50th Ann BH or another Single Six as a base. Hmmmm....
Hey BlkHawk73,
Did you get yours yet? Seller told me he mailed mine out last week. Just got home from weekend vacation and no birdy? Hmmmm.......
 

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