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Hey I have a 6.5 inch 357 blackhawk with the bicentennial liberty stamp on top of the barrel. I've seen a few for sale, and they don't seem to bring a whole lot more than a regular blackhawk. I want to turn this into my dedicated hunting handgun, but I was going to refinish in cerakote to weatherproof it. I don't have a box, paperwork, or the original grips (I took this gun on a trade). There is some holster wear already on it. Is there any reason I shouldn't do this? If no, I'll trade it off for a stainless blackhawk if possible so I'm not messing with a collectible.
 

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I've never seen a Liberty model, for the sake of it actually being a Liberty model, bring significantly more. Sometimes $50 to as much as $75 or so, but never enough to make me go out of my way to buy one if I found it cheap. Overall condition and specific configuration would interest me more. The Liberty stamp would just be a little bonus.

As for collectibility, basic rule with Ruger's is that Ruger collectors focus on unfired, in the box with all the papers guns or very rare configurations with small production runs. Don't see enough potential collectibility to hurt with yours, then. If it was mine, I'd mod as I want.
 

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I have never heard of the bicentennial bring any extra money. It's your gun and it is a tool. If you want to turn it into a dedicated hunting gun you pick a great platform to work with.
 

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nast16, Liberty models do have more value but only if the gun is in "collector grade", meaning pristine condition. Otherwise, a Liberty model might bring about $50 more than a non-liberty model in the same condition. Your gun already has some wear and doesn't have the factory grips (pretty easy to find) so changing it to a cerakote finish probably won't devalue the gun any more than the same process on a normal Blackhawk.

Just a suggestion …. these older NM Blackhawks have a thinner transfer bar and a shorter top step on the hammer so if you decide to replace the hammer with a SBH hammer, you will need to replace the transfer bar with a current production thicker one or grind about .020" off the hammer's top step. Other than that, all other parts are interchangeable with current production models

Here's my Liberty 357 BH. It has a slight turn line on the cylinder that looks much worse in the photo than in reality:

 

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Perfect, thanks! I had a feeling it wouldn't be a big deal. This thing has definitely been properly enjoyed, the guy who I got it from used it for silhouette competition and I've shot it quite a bit too. I think I'm just going to do a dark gray or black cerakote, some micarta grips and call it a day! Nothing else on the gun really needs to be changed, it is a seriously sweet shooter.
 
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