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Old 02-27-2010, 03:08 PM
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All,

I've been shooting a Ruger Mk II for 20 years and love the gun. I'm over 40 though and have been gradually buying some of the guns that I've always lusted after.

Well, the 41 is one of them. I remember the first time I shot one in the 80s and had to console myself that I had just beaten the owner of the 41 in a bullseye match.

I've noticed that there isn't much or any difference in the price between new ones and used ones.

I'm not in any rush, and I'm not going to worry about a couple of hundred dollars one way or the other.

So, if you were shopping, what would you be looking for as far as age?

I live near the S&W factory and have seen the great guns they are building now. Far superior to what they turned out in the 70s and 80s. After the era of hand fitting, but before the era of CNC machining stations. So, if one option is to buy a new gun and send it off to have the trigger done, I'm open to that.

One question re the new guns. The old 41s have the deepest, most beautiful bluing. Are the new guns a match or is it more of a brushed finish?

This is a gun I will have for the rest of my life. Enlighten me. If you say the 1960 to 1968 guns with SN from 123454 to 234344 are best then I'm interested in hearing why.

Thanks.

Don
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Old 02-27-2010, 03:33 PM
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There are plenty of searches that address your question.
Its usually because of used prices buy new. The new one are
shooters. I notice no difference in fit and finish. But I am more function over form.
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Old 02-27-2010, 04:06 PM
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My experience has been, older is better. I bought my last new Model 41 about five years ago. The barrel was terrible. The rifling was rough and uneven. If you can find one in stock and look it over carefully, a new one may be just fine. If you special order one, it's a crap shoot. You don't know what you're going to get.
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Old 02-27-2010, 04:11 PM
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This is a gun I will have for the rest of my life. Enlighten me.

Your questions are good ones, Don. They've been asked (and answered) here many times. As mikengracie says, there is plenty of entertaining enlightenment for you here on the this forum right at your fingertips, if you'll search the threads. As long as you're in no hurry, why not?
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Old 02-27-2010, 04:44 PM
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Personally I would love to have one of the older ones that have the cocking indicator, the removable muzzle break and barrel weights.... to me they just look better.
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Old 02-27-2010, 07:25 PM
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I have an early A series 41, and a 2008 I bought new. As far as fit, finish, trigger, accuracy, and overall quality, flip a coin. I would be happy with either. The older one wears a 5 1/2" barrel, and that feels a bit better to me. YMMV. The only real difference is the bluing, which is matte on the new one, and nice gloss blue on the older one.
You live near the Houlton, Maine factory? I would try to pick one up there. It would be easy to take it back for modifications if you wanted. I'm from Presque Isle originally myself, but live in southern Maine now. Good luck, and come back with some pictures!
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Old 02-27-2010, 07:58 PM
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I've had old and new. The "new" ones in the box since after 1989 disappointed me. It wasn't until 2008 I found a NIB SW 41 that worked every time with match or standard velocity ammunition. The ones that worked were from 1982, 1997, and 2008. After 12 purchases or so I even had trouble with an original 1958 or 1959 in function.

All 41s will shoot straight. Not all will function reliably. My experience is that finding a reliable 41 is the ONLY MISSION in life. Once you have found a RELIABLE FUNCTIONING 41 you will never need to look elsewhere for anything. It is the ONE GUN to own if all you can have is ONE GUN. It is more accurate and deadly than most rifles.

My input is this. If you find a WORKING RELIABLE 41 in ANY year of manufacture then it is worth more than the family jewels. If you are looking to purchase a RELIABLE 41 better get it now NIB and forget the polish and old memories of the old ones with old springs, parts, abuse or use, or whatever.

Buy NIB NOW before it's too late to buy one that WORKS.
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Old 03-02-2010, 09:32 PM
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S&w 41

I have one for sale, asking 800 bucks for it, Excellent condition, made in 2002 :and has less than a 1000 rounds through it! It is collecting dust. e-mail me if interested [email protected] and I will send pics!
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Old 03-03-2010, 08:31 PM
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Dcmdon,
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