A friend of mine offered me a trade recently. I have a Traditions 50cal Inline percussion Muzzleloader. It has a Stainless Steel Barrel and a Laminate Stock. Never Fired. Won it at a raffle. He is willing to trade me for a Remmington Model 770 7mm Mag. Black Composite stock and blued Barrel 24in. Or He also has a Ruger Circut Judge 45lc/410. Walnut stock and blued Barrel. All three guns are in great to new condition. Would you trade for either? If so which one?
What are your hunting and shooting needs? Does hunting in Pennsylvania ever designate the use of a 7MM Mag? Are you planning an elk hunt out west? As for the "Judge", it's a pretty bulky handgun. Does Pennsylvania allow hunting with a BP inline? If so, I'd suggest you pass on the trade or let him sell his weapons and pay you a fair cash value.
No way would I touch that trade. REM 770 is pretty much "Junk". Yes some shoot well but there is a laundry list of issues with that entire series where remington tried to cheapen everything up and many parts are prone to breakage due to the cheap methods of fabrication. The Taurus Judge is probably closer but they also have issues, more related to ammo and function but not breakage.
I would sell it outright if I wasn't interested in the BP and put it towards something I really wanted.
Decided to keep the Inline. Can only use it for a week here in PA. But I didn't have one and now I do...LOL Haven't heard much good about the 770's. Never owned one or even shot one for that matter. The circut Jjudge intrigued me because it was different. For now I'll just keep it.
Smith and Wesson makes a 45/410 revolver. Lots more expensive than the Taurus but better quality. The Rem 770's have barrels pressed in someway for one thing. Most people don't shoot out barrels but the 770's are born to use and discard.