Colt SAA Clone to ride w/ Levergun... (Holster added)

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Colt SAA Clone to ride w/ Levergun... (Holster added)

#1 Post by Old No7 » Fri May 03, 2019 9:41 am

Well, my BIL passed away a year ago tomorrow -- way too young at only age 50..................

As he'd just started to get into shooting with his young son, I've picked up the reins and have been taking the young man out to the range numerous times over the last year. So far, he hasn't given in to the dreaded "BRD" (black rifle disease) that afflicts so many at his age (21), but he did just get a modern SIG P320 9mm to go along with the Ruger MkIII 22 pistol he started with and the S&W 38 revolver that he'd gotten. We've spent many hours on safety, responsibility, storage and mindset, and I've also signed him up for the NRA for 3 years -- which I hope he'll continue when it's time to renew.

Anyway, now he wants to shoot my Marlin Cowboy the next time we go to the range (in 38/357 Mag), but he asked me "Why I didn't have a 'Cowboy 6-shooter' to go along with the rifle?"-- very good question!

What a smart young man! So of course I had to fill the hole... :wink:

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Turns out a local gun shop had a Pietta 1873 4.5" SAA in 357 Mag (a "Demo Gun") for a price hundreds below a new Ruger Vaquero. I'd also considered a Uberti 'El Patron', which comes factory-tuned and has great reviews. I know there are better SAA clones on the market, but for what I "need" it for, the low price of this Pietta was attractive for sure.

Turns out I think this "demo gun" was worked on by someone who knew what they were doing, as I'm told it was "Unshot and only handled" and for sure, I can't see any evidence of shooting wear anywhere on it. I bought it with the expectation that I'd have to strip it down and smooth it up some, but after putting some snap caps into it, I really can't find much fault with it! The action is very smooth and the trigger pull is 2.5" with just a hint of creep, and it's better than any out-of-the-box Pietta I've ever handled. Once you get past the fact that it has a transfer bar and only "3 clicks" (not 4 as in C-O-L-T) and there's no firing pin on the hammer, it isn't bad at all for the price.

I'm sure we'll have some fun plinking with this one!

And while shooting with my nephew won't bring his Dad back... It's sure to lighten my wallet......

But honestly, I can't wait to hear what my nephew asks me for next!!! :!:

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#2 Post by Old Savage » Fri May 03, 2019 11:21 am

I have a couple Piettas. They are both very smooth and tighter than the Colts I have and the one Uberti which is labeled Iver Johnson. One my Piettas is the transfer bar model which I consider a better system.

Yours looks great, enjoy it and how does it shoot?
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#3 Post by .45colt » Fri May 03, 2019 12:42 pm

Awesome!!! :mrgreen: .

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#4 Post by gamekeeper » Fri May 03, 2019 1:13 pm

What leather you got Darryl........ :?:
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#5 Post by Pitchy » Fri May 03, 2019 2:25 pm

Good on you buddy and grats on the new gun. 8) :)
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#6 Post by Old No7 » Fri May 03, 2019 3:25 pm

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What leather you got Darryl........ :?:
Nothing yet John -- will wait to see how she shoots before I decide on a $25, $50 or $75 holster. :wink:

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#7 Post by M. M. Wright » Fri May 03, 2019 4:18 pm

My eldest son has a Pietta 357 that is a 7 1/2" with a nickel finish and he loves it. Very smooth and plenty accurate. We'll have to wait and see how it lasts but he's had it a couple of years and shoots it quite a bit.
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#8 Post by AJMD429 » Fri May 03, 2019 9:51 pm

"...I've picked up the reins and have been taking the young man out to the range numerous times over the last year...."

THAT means you are doing more than most gun owners do to preserve and protect:

a) our hobby and passion - aka the shooting 'sports', and more importantly,
b) the Second Amendment, and therefore,
c) the safety of our streets, and most importantly
d) the stability of our nation.

We ALL need to take extra time to educate and enlighten the younger generation....!
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#9 Post by gamekeeper » Sat May 04, 2019 4:27 am

Hear here Doc.
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#10 Post by piller » Sat May 04, 2019 1:54 pm

Slight drift. Have him go to Sig's website and get the 2 free factory 21 round magazines that Sig is offering. The offer ends June 30th. The P320 21 round magazines are supposed to be military only, but Sig is giving them to civilian purchasers who go to the website and show proof of purchase.
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#11 Post by piller » Sat May 04, 2019 1:55 pm

By the way, nice revolver.
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#12 Post by Plottman » Sun May 05, 2019 7:36 am

Very nice.and great job with nephew.

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#13 Post by marlinman93 » Mon May 06, 2019 8:59 am

The idea of a rifle and pistol in the same caliber has always been one of those things some guys love. In reality it's almost always a compromise for one of the two guns. Either the pistol cartridge is pushed too hot, or the rifle cartridge is underpowered. Or simply choose a compromise load that works "OK" for both guns.
Then there's always the question of the barrels on both guns, and how well groove diameters match. If one groove is a couple thousandths larger, you size for that, and the other gets oversized bullets shot in it. Or vice versa and one gets undersized bullets fed in it.
I just never cared that much for matching calibers in rifles and pistols, and preferred picking the best rifle/cartridge, and the best pistol/cartridge when hunting, and carrying both.
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#14 Post by Old Savage » Mon May 06, 2019 5:31 pm

In that vein I like the .45 Colt or .44 Spl in the pistol and the 357 in a rifle. But the .44 Mag in both seem to be a good match.
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#15 Post by Old No7 » Mon May 13, 2019 7:24 am

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What leather you got Darryl........ :?:
G'day John:

I still haven't shot the piece yet, but I recently picked up this unlined holster as I liked the colors and design, and I didn't want something that was just "plain" brown leather. For only $36 with free shipping (brand new, from ebay), I think I got a pretty decent leather holster to use with this hogleg. :wink:

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#16 Post by gamekeeper » Mon May 13, 2019 7:41 am

Old No7 wrote:
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What leather you got Darryl........ :?:
G'day John:

I still haven't shot the piece yet, but I recently picked up this unlined holster as I liked the colors and design, and I didn't want something that was just "plain" brown leather. For only $36 with free shipping (brand new, from ebay), I think I got a pretty decent leather holster to use with this hogleg. :wink:

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Howdy Darryl, I like your choice, at $36.00 it's a steal, I would have bought it too even though I haven't got a Hogleg....... :mrgreen:
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#17 Post by fordwannabe » Mon May 13, 2019 11:29 am

GK that’s how the madness begins buy a holster for a gun you don’t own and then you NEED a hog leg because you got a great deal on a holster. I have seen this before. I was given 2 full boxes of 45 Colt once and ...... yup. I did.
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#18 Post by Old Savage » Mon May 13, 2019 12:17 pm

Fifty bucks for this "Big Ed". Fits the old style Vaquero perfectly.
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#19 Post by gamekeeper » Mon May 13, 2019 12:57 pm

fordwannabe wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 11:29 am
GK that’s how the madness begins buy a holster for a gun you don’t own and then you NEED a hog leg because you got a great deal on a holster. I have seen this before. I was given 2 full boxes of 45 Colt once and ...... yup. I did.
Yup, I once bought a boxed 20 gauge cleaning kit just because it was cheap, of course the 20 gauge shotgun I had to buy to use the cleaning kit on wasn't.. :lol:
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#20 Post by Pitchy » Mon May 13, 2019 1:38 pm

Looks great Darryl 8)
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