Many years ago I purchased a lonely Ruger 357 Maximum with a 7.5" barrel that was languishing in the back of a dark and dreary shelf at one of my favorite gun shops. While it's original box was long lost, the condition of the Ruger was quite impressive, as it displayed no scratches nor rub markes, nor dings. The Ruger appears to have never been shot after it left the factory. The salesman who I have dealt with in excess of 15 years and who I seriously trust indicated to me that the store had purchased the Maximum from a fellow that maintained a collection of "safe-queens." This gun and several others were given the proverbial axe, by the seller, due to the seller's need for quick cash.
My question is whether this Ruger 357 Maximum with a 7.5" barrel in outstanding condition is highly sought after? If so, how desirable in dollars would the example be worth? Unfortunately, I do not have the serial number, of the gun, at hand. I will gladly supply the number if that is of any import to the members of Graybeard Outdoors.
All opinions well be read fully and given full consideration . Thank you for investing your time in responding to my inquiries.
Another element to consider. I wish to build a 475 or 500 Linebaugh Long, but this would involve cannalbalizing the Ruger Maximum for needed parts.
The entire topic that involves the future of this 357 Maximum is now in doubt. Please take the time to suggest opinions on how this connumdrum may or should be resolved.