I bought this gun in 2013. The price was great, not to mention you can't source this gun locally anywhere. When I received the gun, it looked like it had been sitting in the back of Bud's warehouse for a very long time. It was that one box that other boxes fell on, or it was run over by a forklift... repeatedly and then put back on the shelf like no one would notice. The box was mangled and one end was completely ripped open. The gun itself did NOT look new. The vent ribs were stuffed full of carbon. I have no idea how that would even happen but it did. Very tedious to clean all of that out. The oil that was put in by the factory was dried up, staining the internals and part of the body a nice brown. It came off with a lot of scrubbing (NOT something I want to do to a stainless gun). Eventually I greased everything up and cleaned it thoroughly.
So after I got my "new" gun in working order, it functions flawlessly. Cylinder lock up is very tight except for one chamber is slightly wobbly, not enough to make me send it back at this point. The trigger is crisp and cocking the hammer, after having grease worked through the internals, is so smooth it just sends chills up my spine every time I do it. The gun came dead on. At 30 feet I'm punching holes inside of holes. The ports on the end of the barrel do a great job of helping tame the recoil, and the grip is comfortable enough to shoot a 50 pack without tiring or bruising your hands.
Overall I am very satisfied with this gun, especially since I know if anything ever happens to it I can send it back and get it fixed/replaced. I consider this one a lifetime investment.
With the price of 44 mag ammo being anywhere from $1.00 -$1.25 per bullet, I would recommend learning to reload. Once you shoot this gun you will be addicted.
I'm rating Buds 2 stars for the condition of the gun and box and 2 week lead time. This was my first purchase from them. I'm willing to give them another shot when I'm looking for a new firearm.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]