I would put that gun up to the highest level of your collection, Bill...
Truly outstanding. I love your S&W 44 Magnum's but if you were to ever give me a choice of any gun in your wonderful collection, that Sir, would be the one.....
A dandy gun!
I often wonder how much different the .44 Blackhawk might have turned out had Bill Ruger stuck with the top-quality, beautifully-grained grips.
While functional, the later 'straight-grain' walnuts sure lacked panache!
Same story with the first SBH's...great grips and case.
Evidentally, the price-point was more important, and hey...Ruger sold tons, didn't they?