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Old 01-13-2021, 12:02 PM
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local classifieds has an add for this revolver (38/44) for sale. no serial # info. has been posted and removed previously. i am about to have a few days off and intend to meet owner and take a look. says grips are correct. no box or docs. add says 1951 manufacture

they are asking $1200

any advice about what to look for specifically and reasonable value would be greatly appreciated. thanks, krs
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First thing I'd confirm on that HD is whether it is original nickel and that it has not had the cylinder chambers reamed for 357 magnum. Check the SNs to make sure they all match including right stock panel. If factory nickel, mechanically tight, SNs match and not reamed I might get to the vicinity of $1200. Would be trying to get closer to $1000 though. Bought a blue 1946 transition HD here on the Forum a year or two ago for $850. Good luck.

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First thing I'd confirm on that HD is whether it is original nickel and that it has not had the cylinder chambers reamed for 357 magnum. Check the SNs to make sure they all match including right stock panel. If factory nickel, mechanically tight, SNs match and not reamed I might get to the vicinity of $1200. Would be trying to get closer to $1000 though. Bought a blue 1946 transition HD here on the Forum a year or two ago for $850. Good luck.

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thanks Jeff. just the type of reply i was looking for. thanks again, krs
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I am not seeing the nickle plating but that may be my computer screen or my color vision. What I am seeing is a rarely fired revolver that is no longer being made. Is the price outrageous? Not really. Would it be better if less money? That is up to you!

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If it's stamped MOD-20 under the yoke, BUY IT.
Probably a pre Mod gun, but looks nice.
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If you confirm that the nickel is factory, and the cylinder isn't bored for 357, pricing is not outrageously out of line for internet auctions. You might do better thru auction houses. But you'll have to shop them.

But on the other foot, it's a nice looking HD.

I'd ask if he'd take $1000...and have the other $200 in a different pocket.
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krs, it sounds to me like the seller knows the value of his HD. The SCSW, 4th, a 5 year old pub, says this gun in VG condition is worth $1200 and EXC is $1600. From the pictures, I'd say the gun is VG to EXC without a close inspection. I think it is priced right.
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thank you all. going to try to see gun as soon as i can make it happen. i now feel better armed with specfics you shared. thanks again, krs
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Nice HD. When you get the serial number, PM me and i'll see if I have it in my database. IF it has Mod-20 stamped in the yoke it is a fake. All the Mod-20 are 4 screw and 3 screw. Mod 20-2s are 3 screws.
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