I've Gone Cowboy

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  1. PattonWasRight

    PattonWasRight

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    These are fun, a different shooting experience.

    Always had an itch to get a decent Colt replica. Saw a "for trade" ad and flipped my Bond derringer for this and got some cash in addition, easy.

    It's a Pietta (Italian) made and has nice fit and finish, great blueing, and the trigger feels worked. The other maker of these is Uberti. It's largely a Ford vs Chevy thing as to which is better, usually Uberti gets the nod. This Pietta was mechanically perfect and seemed barely used.

    It violates "Cowboy Commandements" because it's chambered in 357/38 rather than Long Colt or similar true-to-history calibers.

    A more fun, relaxed shooting experience and hey, it's still a 6 shot 357 Mag, so it fills the role of "gun"

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    You're a daisy if you do.

    Nice piece!
     
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    I've successfully not bought one of those for almost 10 years now. You're not helping.

    Nice revolver!
     
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    No shame in that. Leather and accessories get expensive.

    I guess it becomes an addiction.


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    Looks nice

    Congrats! :cool:
     
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    Every revolver fan needs a SAA clone :cool:
     
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    Or several..one for each hand. And a carbine in the same caliber and maybe a SxS coach gun.
     
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    Well the 38 Short Colt is parent to the 38 Long Colt and 38 Special so you can shoot the Old West loads if you want.
     
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    I got mine in 357, and looking to get a lever carbine to match. I reload for the caliber already. Why change?

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    Only because the 357 dates to the 1930’s and this design was introduced 60 years before that. Some people get funny about that, I guess.
     
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    Nice, I have pared down to 4 single actions now.

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    Welcome to the world of single action revolvers!The only thing wrong with the 357 chambered SAA's, and this has nothing to do with tradition because the same thing is true of the traditionally chambered 32-20's, is that is that the balance isn't as nice with the shorter barreled 4 5/8ths and 5 inch guns. With a 7 1/2 inch gun, I don't know, I've never been able to compare the two and the only 7 1/2 inch SAA I've ever shot was a 44/40, and a 7 1/2 inch Super Blackhawk, but that's a completely different gun.

    And the reason why there's a difference in feel an balance between the smaller caliber guns and the larger caliber guns because while the outside of the barrel and the cylinder is the same, the holes in the chambers and the bore of the barrel in the 44's, and especially the 45, is significantly larger and therefore the guns in the smaller calibers are heavier overall.

    It's not much of a difference but it's noticeable.

    The other thing is that at one time, 38 special ammo was cheap, and even 357 ammo was Cheap-ER but these days if you're going to shoot anything but 9mm or 40, it's a lot cheaper to reload, and it doesn't cost much more to reload for 45 colt than it does for 38/357.

    With a pound of Unique, you can reload 875 rounds of 45 colt with 8 grains of powder. that's for a black powder equivalent load. If your'e a-scared of recoil, you could go with 6 grains instead, and that would give you 1,166 rounds from a pound of powder.

    I had an Uberti SAA clone with a 5 inch barrel and I liked it a lot but as my eyes got worse it was too hared to see the sights, so I got a Ruger Blackhawk 41 mag with a 6 1/2 inch barrel and I can shoot that a lot better especially with reloads that develop only about 1000 fps with a 215 grain bullet. Hotter loads would require a Super Blackhawk or a bisley grip.

    Recoil with the 357 isn't a problem. The 357 magnum is really only a "Beginning" magnum.
     
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    I understand that. For me I’m more concerned about accuracy in operation than caliber. But that’s my choice. I’d rather be able to order in a bunch of projectiles to work in all my revolvers (DA and SA) than have to order multiple sizes.

    I’m sure one day I will venture into the 45 Colt world though
     
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    PWR - Nice six shooter!

    Its posts like these that make me dust off the ole Rough Rider.
     
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    SASS isn't my cup of tea but I'm very pleased they exist. They're serious about their form of firearms sports, some demonstrate very high levels of skill and best of all they're among the growing number of people exercising their 2nd Amendment rights and I'm glad they're out there.

    SA .357? Always a good choice. Don
     
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    You may be able to use the same dies you use for 357 for 38 Short and Long Colt if it is just a case length difference. Like loading 44 Russian with 44 magnum dies.
     
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    Well dang

    Had no idea there were so many closet cowboys on this forum

    Thanks for the welcome
    Gheez, now you're making me want more. They do have a unique appeal

    It's not because I'm an old West fanatic. Can't put my finger on it, I just like them

    LoL! I could have said the same thing. After shooting it, and just enjoying the different manual of arms and overall pace, I will tell you you're waiting too long

    awesome collection sir, works of gun art

    Indeed. Much more than that Taurus G2 ;-)

    New information to me, can you elaborate on that a bit? Thanks

    I'm headed in the same direction. I've never shot a lever action, you have?

    Pared down from how many? Just curious as I assume you're now down to your favorites. What brand is USFA? That's unknown to me

    thanks for the metrics on reloading, I just got into it, for rifle competition rounds initially, but I have a half ton of 38 and 357 once fired brass at the ready

    The .22 correct? That's a start

    The thing was, the Bond derringer was a novelty purchase for me. Cool to own and shoot, but with this gun, in addition to the novelty, I would not feel unprotected

    Guilty pleasure confession time ... I did rapid fire with it

    Used my support hand to cock the hammer and you can get off rounds pretty quick. I didn't fan the hammer thou as I'd think that's not the best thing for it and also I didn't want to shoot the ceiling accidentally!
     
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    I actually agree...

    ... But this is what I'm afraid of. One small snowball on the top of the mountain...
     
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