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  • Why "Freedom Arms"?

    I am in the tentative market for a 454 or some other large caliber handgun. Wondering if Freedom Arms are really worth the money and why. What brand is the best bang for the buck? Pardon the pun. I have Rugers in 44 and 357 have had no problem with them in all these years and paid a fraction of what a person would have to give up for a well used Freedom Arms.

    Anyway, I need some imput from some folks more knowledgable than me.

    Thanks.
    Last edited by jdub; 02-22-2009, 17:50. Reason: spelling

  • #2
    I have owned more than twenty maybe twenty-five'ish over the last 24-25 years. Bang for the Buck I would but the Freedom Arms way down the list. However for master craftsmanship, and perfection of fit, lock-up, etc. it is at the top of the list. I have two .454's for sale here on the forum.
    "Life Is Either a Daring Adventure or Nothing" - Helen Keller

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    • #3
      FA worth every penny

      I own several Rugers(and others) and a single Freedom Arms .454 Casull field grade. The Rugers work and work well. The FA is an exceptional arm and mine is very accurate. I do think the FA's are premium priced, but if you are patient and have the time, they can be had for much less. I stole mine for $750 and was able to have it Mag-Na-Ported, target crowned and fitted with American Elk grips from Eagle grips for the same price as a stock new FA. They are designed with many features that ensure they hold up to the stress of the .454 Casull and other heavy magnums.
      My advice is to read, learn and watch the used market. They are great arms and can be had for less with patience.

      e45colt
      Afflicted by condition human

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      • #4
        S&W 460 Mag is what I ended up with when I went looking for a good 454. It has the best trigger I have ever felt on a factory gun and shoots 45 Long Colt, 454, as well as the monster 460 S&W Mag. I was wondering if I made a good choice till I shot it then I knew I did, I love it!! Do yourself a favor and handle a S&W 460V 4" if not shoot one before you buy a 454. 460Vs can be found for under a grand new and sometimes less, much less used once in a while.

        http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/w...07&isFirearm=Y

        Andy
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        • #5
          The Freedom Arms revolvers I have previously owned were without a doubt the absolute top of the line for a factory production handgun. When the NRA dope bag tested one of there .22 revolvers some years ago they declared it was the most accurate .22 rimfire handgun they EVER tested including those fancy single shots people used in slow fire Olympic contests.

          Only you can decide it they are worth the asking price.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by e45colt View Post
            I own several Rugers(and others) and a single Freedom Arms .454 Casull field grade. The Rugers work and work well. The FA is an exceptional arm and mine is very accurate. I do think the FA's are premium priced, but if you are patient and have the time, they can be had for much less. I stole mine for $750 and was able to have it Mag-Na-Ported, target crowned and fitted with American Elk grips from Eagle grips for the same price as a stock new FA. They are designed with many features that ensure they hold up to the stress of the .454 Casull and other heavy magnums.
            My advice is to read, learn and watch the used market. They are great arms and can be had for less with patience.

            e45colt
            i agree as to the quality, fit, and finish......my m97 (.45colt) is hands down the best, most accurate handgun i have ever fired! like fine shotguns, custom rifles, and other personal items it is necessary to want that level of craftsmanship.

            handwork at this level is expensive, as are the materials, but if you are looking for the best in it's class.........freedom arms revolvers are IT.

            i can recommend them without reservation.

            happy trails.
            jh
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            happy trails.
            jh

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            • #7
              FA vs The Rest-

              The FA is a vault queen, meaning don't buy one for the field. A grain of sand can stop the cylinder rotation cold, those shiny epoxy embedded stocks offer zero traction to the hunter with bloody hands and the lack of a simple transfer bar (yes the model 97 has one, not the larger model 83 454) has injured and killed hunters in Alaska.

              I used to collect them but since the Bake-Over (elder Baker passing on to the son) quality crashed.
              I once lugged a dozen FAs to GNG for a meeting with the local FA rep to present issues....sorry Joe!

              Accuracy is rather vague but lemme help, out of the thirty or so examples I've spent time with and another members twenty or so three examples performed minute @ 100yds. Bare in mind that many credible writers of the 50's reported minute with the early S&W 29.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by pinehavensredrocket View Post
                i agree as to the quality, fit, and finish......my m97 (.45colt) is hands down the best, most accurate handgun i have ever fired! like fine shotguns, custom rifles, and other personal items it is necessary to want that level of craftsmanship.
                handwork at this level is expensive, as are the materials, but if you are looking for the best in it's class.........freedom arms revolvers are IT.
                i can recommend them without reservation.happy trails.jh
                Nice Leather......Nice. Who did the leather work....????
                "Life Is Either a Daring Adventure or Nothing" - Helen Keller

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                • #9
                  I have several Rugers in .44 /.357/ .45 convertable the Stainless .44 super black hawk is my favorite, but look at the Magnum Research BFR, I have one in .475/.480 ruger a nice gun, needs some polishing a bit rough for the money but a real nice gun and very very accuratte!!
                  Cheaper than the FA even new

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Hopeak View Post
                    Nice Leather......Nice. Who did the leather work....????
                    hopeak; thanks for the complement! that is a mernickle field holster, bob does the leatherwork and design and his "craftsman" does the tooling.

                    check his website.

                    the holster is practical, and holds the "97" at just the right angle. that picture was taken after 9 days in the field. it just happens to still look good, and seems to be a durable piece of equipment.

                    happy trails.
                    jh
                    happy trails.
                    jh

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by alaskamonte View Post
                      The FA is a vault queen, meaning don't buy one for the field. A grain of sand can stop the cylinder rotation cold, those shiny epoxy embedded stocks offer zero traction to the hunter with bloody hands and the lack of a simple transfer bar (yes the model 97 has one, not the larger model 83 454) has injured and killed hunters in Alaska.

                      I used to collect them but since the Bake-Over (elder Baker passing on to the son) quality crashed.
                      I once lugged a dozen FAs to GNG for a meeting with the local FA rep to present issues....sorry Joe!

                      Accuracy is rather vague but lemme help, out of the thirty or so examples I've spent time with and another members twenty or so three examples performed minute @ 100yds. Bare in mind that many credible writers of the 50's reported minute with the early S&W 29.
                      alaskamonte; i am sure your credentials are unquestionable.....but i have had nothing but great experiences with my freedom arms 97. even after a horse wreck (broken pelvis) it still functions like new. i think you are wrong in your assesment!

                      jh
                      happy trails.
                      jh

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                      • #12
                        For "value" I went with a Ruger Blackhwk 45LC. 4 5/8" stainless. I put on some aftermarket rubber grips. Load some heavy 330 gr hardcast 45's for lots of punch. Reasonable weight and size so it carries well, it's rugged and doesn't cost a fortune. The one change I would like is to try is a bisley style hammer on it. Wish they made one in .480 without having to go to a custom 5 shot.

                        Have you tried 320gr hardcast in your Ruger 44? The heavy bullets bring out the most in it.


                        Eric

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                        • #13
                          Not much choice

                          on the 454s and up in factory singleactions, FA and Magnum Research are it I think. Between them, the samples I've seen favor the FA for apparent workmanship (Have not owned either) and I think it's trimmer for caliber than the BFR. There are custom rugers available if you want to go that route.
                          Type of action you want is the first big "cut".
                          Mike
                          Mike
                          www.alaskaatvclub.org
                          There is a faster way off the mountain, might hurt a little though.:eek:

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                          • #14
                            Freedom Arms

                            Originally posted by jdub View Post
                            I am in the tentative market for a 454 or some other large caliber handgun. Wondering if Freedom Arms are really worth the money and why. What brand is the best bang for the buck? Pardon the pun. I have Rugers in 44 and 357 have had no problem with them in all these years and paid a fraction of what a person would have to give up for a well used Freedom Arms.

                            Anyway, I need some imput from some folks more knowledgable than me.

                            Thanks.
                            There is no question that the FA handguns are worth the money that they sell for. The real question is, is it worth it to you? I own one that is chambered in the Casull and have carried it and shot it extensively over the last ten years. It has no peers in the world of single action revolvers when it comes to quality in my opinion. Nonetheless, I don't know that I would say it is the best bang for the buck. I have shot a few other makes chambered for the great Casull cartridge and they went bang just as well and cost a lot less. To me, it is the story as to why some people want to drive a Mercedes and some (or most) are fine with a Ford, Chevy, or Dodge. They all pretty much just do the same thing, they drive down the road. The Mercedes might have a little more class and drive a little smoother or quieter, but all in all they do the same thing. I would love to try to talk you in to buying a FA, but I think you would be just as well served with a less expensive revolver. I don't know what you plan on using it for, but I will say, FA revolvers are arguably the most accurate single action revolvers available and if you were wanting one for long range work (handgun hunting) instead of merely defense purposes, then I would lean heavily toward the FA.

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                            • #15
                              I can tell you horror stories about Freedom's, please don't ask, I get in hot water. Pretty, yes, functional and safe NO!
                              If you want a gun that is so accurate you will not believe it and will shoot anything stuffed in it, buy a BFR.

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