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Old 02-14-2017, 01:12 PM   #1
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FordPerfect brought me down a little surprise today, a 1st generation Colt SAA in 44-40, with a 4 3/4in barrel, needs a little work but have seen lots worse. Will go to Peacemaker Specialists is CA to have the frame colorcase hardened. Barrel, ejector rod housing, cylinder an grip frame blued. New springs and screws, hammer notches welded up and recut. To top it off, maybe a set of ivory grips. They do fantastic work but pricey. Has a very low serial number. A few dings on grip frame looks like it was used as a hammer, those will stay there.

Dated to Nov. 18, 1885

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Old 02-14-2017, 02:59 PM   #2
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Cool. Only decent 'saa' I have is a Uberti El Patron.
 
Old 02-14-2017, 07:50 PM   #3
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I've got my 3rd Generation. Very special to me. My Wife bought it for a Birthday present when we absolutely couldn't afford it.
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Old 02-15-2017, 07:00 AM   #4
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Well if we're gonna go all porny, my 'old west rig':


The holster is a cheap crossdraw off ebay, the belt is a simple tool belt from Lowes or home depot (I punched the holes & added the bullet loops; should have done them slightly closer together), and the knife is a fallkniven krut in a savage-made sheath.
 
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Mine's prettier, and drool over these babies.
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Old 02-15-2017, 12:48 PM   #6
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Mine's prettier...
Yes it is.
 
Old 02-15-2017, 01:44 PM   #7
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You guys ain't nothing but a bunch of plinkers!




Just thought I would stir things up a bit!
 
Old 02-15-2017, 03:47 PM   #8
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I sold my 3rd Gen Colt SAA a couple of years back, I prefer Ruger Vaqueros. The original one are built like a tank.

 
Old 02-15-2017, 04:18 PM   #9
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I had a Vaquero a long time ago, bought in 1995 or 96. It was very functional, but being in .357 magnum (with those small .35-caliber holes in the cylinder & barrel) it was goofy heavy. New ones are probably better, but I never tried another after that one. I like the old-style action of the colt clones; they just feel more 'right' to me.
 
Old 02-15-2017, 04:57 PM   #10
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Had a nice Hawes built by J.P. Sauer, 45LC, nickle finish with pearl grips, great shooting pistol. 2 years ago someone fired 6 44 mag. in it! Remember someone saying that "this thing kicks!" did not pay attention till got home an was sorting brass, found 6 new split Starline 44 mag. brass, wondered what the hell was going on. Looked at gun, frame twisted! Had to be one of two people that did not know about single actions cause was loaded with 6 rounds instead of 5.Kinda my fault for having both kinds of ammo on bench at the same time. Never took those two calibers at same time again.
FordPerfect made some funny looking brass couple months ago, was shooting 40 caliber out of his 45 acp, then when it would not group, he was blaming my loads as the 40s were rattling out the barrel.
 
Old 02-15-2017, 05:07 PM   #11
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While on the subject of single actions, does anyone remember or have any of the old Great Westerns? Those were some nice copies of the old Colt. Were used in lots of the old movies, John Wayne used them in all his movies. Elmer Keith wrote about them a lot. I had a 45 LC an 357 years ago, sold them about 1965.
 
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Remember the name, but don't know much about them.
 
Old 02-16-2017, 08:52 AM   #13
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I have 6x "original" Vaqueros (2 in .44 Mag, 4 in .357 Mag) and 2x "New Vaqueros" in .357 which my wife prefers. The original Vaqueros have run flawlessly except 1 of the .44's broke a transfer bar after 20,000+ rds. Can't say that about the SASS "New Vaqueros" that my wife uses, one of them used to skip chambers when the cylinder was rotated.
 
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I have the New Vaquero in .45 Colt and have no problems with it, but I probably haven't shot it nearly as much as you do your Ruger's. I actually bought it so I could shoot .45 Colt without feeling guilty in dirtying up my safe Queen Colt.
 
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Since I bought the Uberti M73 in .45 Long Colt last fall, I have been himming and hahing about buying SAA's in .45 long Colt
 
Old 02-17-2017, 11:19 PM   #16
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FordPerfect brought me down a little surprise today, a 1st generation Colt SAA in 44-40, with a 4 3/4in barrel, needs a little work but have seen lots worse. Will go to Peacemaker Specialists is CA to have the frame colorcase hardened. Barrel, ejector rod housing, cylinder an grip frame blued. New springs and screws, hammer notches welded up and recut. To top it off, maybe a set of ivory grips. They do fantastic work but pricey. Has a very low serial number. A few dings on grip frame looks like it was used as a hammer, those will stay there.

Dated to Nov. 18, 1885
Sounds like a good plan, except for the ivory grips..
 
Old 02-18-2017, 06:11 AM   #17
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They would look right. Not like the gaudy pearl grips you would put on!
 
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