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Old 03-20-2020, 04:49 PM
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Sorry, only one poor picture for now. I've been offered a Registered Magnum at a fairly low price, under $5k. Went back to the factory in 1947 for a refinish. The front sight and grips don't look right to me but I'm not that up to speed on RM's. Looking for opinions and a ballpark price. Would like to have one but don't want a pig in a poke.
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chiefdave, I can't help you on your price question but it looks like a fine firearm. The refinish wouldn't bother me at all. Grips are definitely suspect and can't help with the sight either. But what I can do is rotate the pic for you!!
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"Went back to the factory in 1947 for a refinish."

Did the factory stamp the four line address on it on the return for a refinish?

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Post war rear sight, barrel and ejector rod. Do all numbers match? What’s the serial? I bought a NRM that got a new serialed barrel from the factory a couple years ago for well less than $5000 and it still wore the pre war sight which I prefer.
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Sorry, only one poor picture for now. I've been offered a Registered Magnum at a fairly low price, under $5k. Went back to the factory in 1947 for a refinish. The front sight and grips don't look right to me but I'm not that up to speed on RM's. Looking for opinions and a ballpark price. Would like to have one but don't want a pig in a poke.

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[Note - looks like I was typing and lightening the photo, at the same time a couple of astute forum members above gave good advise]

The grips are definitely not factory pre-war vintage (they look to be custom modified grips and I kind of like them). And the front sight is also not pre-war vintage - the red insert "Baughman" ramped front sight came out after the war. I can't tell for sure, but it looks to me like the barrel may have been replaced with a post war barrel, which would also generally require a post war extractor rod (with no knob). The post war barrel would not be recessed in the barrel shroud to take the large knob and the rib/front site face would not be recessed about 1/8th inch from the front crown of the barrel. Looking at a blown up photo, the roll mark on the barrel is too far forward for a pre-war barrel (definitely a post-war barrel).

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Post-war .357 (this one is a Model marked 27 - but it had the red ramp for comparison):



I would definitely get some more photos and check the serial numbers in the barrel shroud, the rear of the cylinder and the butt of the revolver.
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It may be just me but I'd price that gun more in the $2500-3000 range if it is a factory barrel change with matching serial numbers. Neat wood but not original. JMHO
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ahhhh 5K.... Run Forest Run.... Mama said " Life is full of overpriced stuff spend your $$$ Wisely Forest... invest in Shrimp Boats".
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It may be just me but I'd price that gun more in the $2500-3000 range if it is a factory barrel change with matching serial numbers. Neat wood but not original. JMHO
I would offer $2k and a case of double-ply (for delivery at a later date)!
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No expert but looks to me you've got a lot of non RM parts. Stocks, barrel, rear sight all look post war to me. IMO nowhere near 5K value. I'm thinking $1500 as a shooter. Actually, I wouldn't buy it at any price.

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I'd wait.
I do like those grips too though.
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Richard nailed it. The grips do have large prewar medallions.
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You should be able to buy a fairly nice and 100% original RM for $5K - $6K today. They ARE out there.
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I have one that went back to the factory and ended up with a newer barrel with the patridge sight....grips later too...paid $3000 two years ago.

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