I stopped into a local gunshop today and noted a Stainless Blackhawk with ".475 Linebaugh" and "$450" tags. I did a double take and asked to see the gun. It indeed was a 5 shot conversion of a -47 prefix New Model Stainless Blackhawk; the front of the cylinder was lightly stamped "475" in small figures. The barrel was a plain 4.5" with no markings and a Ruger front sight. The grip frame was an alloy XRN-3RED with the bottom rounded and micarda grips. The gun seemed funtion properly so I figured what the heck and bought it figuring the frame, cylinder, and action parts were easily worth the money.
When I got it home I found the "but" part": the barrel was split at the rear! Have no way of what the barrel is or was but i won't have expected the barrel to fail in that manner with that cartridge.
The frame doesn't appear to be damaged, and since I want a longer barrel and different grips any way I figure I could still be way ahead. I could take the gun back as it wasn't sold "As-Is" but the idea of an affordable .475 is kinda interesting. If I get my friend to rebarrel it for just the cost of the barrel it shouldn't be too expensive or I could get a take-off barrel rebored IF it fit the frame tightly.
What is the advice from you guys that know a lot more about these things than I do? Is it worth the money to get it rebarreled or is the frame likely to be damaged from the split barrel, or any other thoughts.
Thanks in advance for your help!