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Old 02-18-2012, 01:36 PM   #11
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I'm a little confused by your assessment...my dad competes in cowboy action shooting, and I'm curious as to why you feel they don't require a "sturdier" gun? Between practice and competition, all of which is rapid fire, the SAA's see FAR MORE action than anything else in his safe. That includes hunting, defense, AND range action.

OP...the Uberti's are widely used. I have two cattlemen "birds heads" on order to use for CA, I'll post a report after I get them (they are backordered for three mos now). They are well liked among the cowboy crowd, who without question are the premier shooters of SAA guns today.
My take on it is that if the OP just wants to use the gun for fun he can buy an inexpensive gun, wear it out, then buy another. But if he plans on using it for serious hunting or SD while in the boondocks he needs to have one that is accurate, strong, durable, and reliable.
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AIKI, actually the Hombre will handle factory rounds great. The Colt SAA, while strong, is not meant to be poaded +P+. Nor the clones. The Hombre should be able to put 5 rounds in three inches at 25 yards. Reliable was the question until about 2000. The Uberti strted to have decent quality control and the metal was improved.
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My take on it is that if the OP just wants to use the gun for fun he can buy an inexpensive gun, wear it out, then buy another. But if he plans on using it for serious hunting or SD while in the boondocks he needs to have one that is accurate, strong, durable, and reliable.
I was referring to your comment that anything would be fine for CAS...other activities require something "sturdier". They may well use "down loaded" rounds for competition, but the .45 Colt is a stout round when loaded normally, and that's the round many of the SAA's are actually built for. and like I said, the round counts are extreme in these guns.

My question was as to why you would feel a gun suited for CAS wouldn't be appropriate for range/SD work as well? Or, as you stated, "accurate, strong, reliable"?
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I do not own any Uberti guns. I have nothing against them. Just no experience. I do have lots of experience with the caliber choices though. You say it is for fun. The .357 will shoot 38 special or 357 mag. The 45 colt will shoot only 45 Colt. For self defense, I would put a 357 mag with hollow points up against a 45 Colt any day. Do you reload? If not, you will get sticker shock when you go to buy 45 Colt ammo. I reload so it doesn't matter. If I didn't reload, I would not have bought my New Vaquero in 45 Colt.
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I do not own any Uberti guns. I have nothing against them. Just no experience. I do have lots of experience with the caliber choices though. You say it is for fun. The .357 will shoot 38 special or 357 mag. The 45 colt will shoot only 45 Colt. For self defense, I would put a 357 mag with hollow points up against a 45 Colt any day. Do you reload? If not, you will get sticker shock when you go to buy 45 Colt ammo. I reload so it doesn't matter. If I didn't reload, I would not have bought my New Vaquero in 45 Colt.
I'd agree w/this. Pretty fair assessment, Rick.
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Nice SAA. Get it, you will have fun.
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I am a purist-I wouldn't buy a 1911 in 9mm or .38 super and I for sure wouldn't buy a single action cowboy gun in .357.It's coolness effect is that it's a .45LC!
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I own several single action revolvers my personal favorite is an old model three screw Ruger Blackhawk .357 with a 4 5/8 barrel. It is unconverted, giving it a much nicer trigger pull than the transfer bar ignition type new models.
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I have a few Ruger NMBHs in .357 and .45 Colt. I like both, but I like the .45 with the .45 ACP cylinder in place. I also perfer the adjustable sights of the NMBH to the fixed sights of the Vaquero and Colt SSA clones.
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The fixed sight 'clones' of the 1873 Colt, Uberti in particular, are pretty decent and reliable revolvers. However, they share the same weaknesses of the original. The flat springs break more often than coil springs and trigger work must done carefully or they can fire without assistance. Some work must be done to insure the sights are regulated to the ammunition used.

The modern Ruger single actions (three screws are better in many ways, but the modern two screw version do well) have adjustable sights, coil springs and typically better metallurgy.

If one is a 'tradition' buff, the Uberti is closer to the original in design and spirit. Except for that cussed brass grip frame.

For an all around using gun, the Ruger simply cannot be beat.
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