Thoroughly enjoyed your article. I've somewhat paralleled your experiences, unfortunately also the part about trading/selling some of the .44's I should have kept.
The 4" 29 I got in the 60's was my favorite and actually was one of the more accurate revolvers. One of the 8 3/8" 29s has been reworked by Jim Stroh (Alpha Precision) and is the most accurate .44 I've ever shot, although the Performance Center Master Hunter 629 shoots very well also.
I also purchased a NIB 1968 three screw, which immediately became a frequently shot Ruger. I just purchased my first authenic flat top in .38/357 and really enjoy the grip compared to the new models.
Thanks! My first centerfire was a flat top .357 which was stolen by river rats in the early 60's There were a couple of flat tops from the same collection as my super blackhawk however $1300 was a bit more than I was willing to pay even for the 10 inche barreld new in the box 357 or .44. Some lucky persons seems to have bought 'em though.
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