That's a little high for a blued gun in my area. A clean near NIB or gunshow NIB blued gun is closer to $600, though that might take some negotiating at a gun show. I paid $550 for mine in very good condition, little prior use, but no box, papers, etc. The stainless is a matte finish that seems more like raw steel. No shiny to it. Easy to clean.
You are correct on the barrel taper. That is the stiffest available from Ruger, aside from the target model.