Handgunning for white tail deer here in Tennessippi, our part of the country, has always given the top award to the Ruger Super Blackhawk. Double action competitors were certainly adequate, but the Super Blackhawk took the prize due to its ruggedness, reliability, and ability to withstand souped up handloads, attested by its .270 thick frame top strap. In the .44 Magnum’s heyday, as late as 1982, a rig like this one would’ve cost $1,000 in early Reagan Dollars, about twice that now adjusted for inflation. Photo specimen is Sturm Ruger’s Super Blackhawk Hunter variant. Factory letter number is KS-47NHB; numbered model 00862. UPS code is 736676008629. Barrel is 7 1/2 inch, with an integral serrated rib whose sides mike at .320 inch high by .535 wide. The rib is dovetailed for factory KS100 medium height scope rings. A person can, we’ve often said, beat the scope to pieces with a ball peen hammer and Ruger rings will never move. Rings are included, as the photos show. Non-optic sight system is black anodized Micro style windage and elevation adjustable rear, with Redhawk style removable dovetailed red ramp front. Construction is entirely stainless steel except for the sight parts. Grip frame is the distinctive Colt Bisley style, that happens to allow a lower profile for both scope and sights, and that is also tapered in circumference for adequate control by any size shooter’s hands. Grip panels are Ruger factory laminate, as impervious to weather as wood can be. Hammer is attractive Bisley style as well, tapered to .415 at the spur. Trigger is smooth faced .325 stainless, and note the generous internal diameter of the trigger guard that allows for a gloved trigger finger to fit. This Hunter’s departure from the Dragoon style guard of the old RSBs guards against middle finger knuckle busting. Type is Single Action Only revolver with transfer bar safety mechanism. Weight empty without scope rings is 52 ounces; weight with the Leupold M8 2X EER Silver scope will be over 62 ounces. Center of gravity unscoped is at the front trigger guard junction, a scope will move it slightly forward. This particular revolver comes to us from its exclusive collector owner who bought it new from us in 2004, the variant’s 3rd year of production. It is in its original box with all its papers, factory cable lock, fired brass envelope; and it has its original never executed factory registration card. Surface detractions are minimal on the revolver, only faint cylinder rotation marking. We rate it as Near Mint in Box, but photos ought to suffice for our shoppers to judge finish grade for themselves. It is certainly excellent mechanically; bore, cylinder chambers, and mechanism are all bright, clean, and excellent. Blast effect to the underside of the frame top strap directly above the barrel’s forcing cone is negligible, only a faint thin mark that traverses half the width of the top strap with no cutting. From our knowledge of this revolver’s owner, and from its superb condition, we estimate it has been fired fewer than 100 times, principally with Hornady factory .44 Special ammunition. Timing is excellent; trigger sets correctly at the cocked position on all six, even on a veerrryy sllooww cocking motion. Single action trigger pull is an excellent and original crisp 3 pounds with negligible felt creep and minimal overtravel. There is no lateral play to the cylinder. Cylinder face to forcing cone gap is a tight .004. Leupold bears a letter Z prefix to its serial number, 1992 production, and the revolver’s owner was its exclusive owner as well. The Leupold is excellent; no abrasions whatsoever to the finish or to either lens. Its owner was an optician by trade, with more sense than to rub a scope lens with his shirt tail. Replacement pricing on this revolver and its scope is well over $1200 in our area, and there aren’t any available. We’re offering the Ruger 00865 Stainless Super Blackhawk Hunter, for only $ 889.00.
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