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forrest225 03-25-2013 08:34 PM

Best revolver to use as a regular shooter?
So I'm wanting to get into blackpowder shooting and I'd like to get something I can really put some rounds through. I really love the looks of the colt clones made by pietta and uberti, but it sounds like they both tend to eat springs, and I've heard that quite a few guys exchange 2 or 3 ubertis to get a good one.

I'd really like something that will be fine out of the box and work for a while without more than a good cleaning and lube job.

I think I would like a ruger old army, but a lot of the used ones I see online seem pretty steep for a used gun.

Are there any manufacturers in particular I should take a look at? I prefer to buy US made if I can.

MattShlock 03-25-2013 11:01 PM

I'd say a name brand copy of the Remington New Model Army. Stainless maybe.

orangello 03-25-2013 11:03 PM


Originally Posted by MattShlock (Post 1190469)
I'd say a name brand copy of the Remington New Model Army. Stainless maybe.

I love my Pietta replica of the Remington 1858 NMA, but those Ruger Old Army's are supposed to be what they build tanks out of.

If you are planning on burning a lot of powder, the Remington style allows for easier off-gun loading with a press. I love mine.

SleazyRider 03-26-2013 01:58 PM

Love my '58 Remington as well. The Ruger Old Army is pretty much unobtainable unless you have a lot of dough. The stainless models are pushing 800 bucks.

SleazyRider 03-26-2013 02:17 PM

Oops, double post!

Hawg 03-26-2013 10:47 PM

Some people think the Remington is stronger with its top strap but for bp pressures the Colt is fine. The Colt has more of a learning curve with the barrel wedge but they point more naturally and feel better in the hand. Uberti and Pietta both make fine guns.

thdrduck 03-26-2013 11:11 PM

I like the 58 remington for a cap and ball. My next one will be the shorter barrel, more holster options and I don't think accuracy would suffer much. Colts shoot fine but not much point in having a spare cylinder for one and never much cared for the hammer as the rear sight. Some say potato, some say potato, or something like that.

forrest225 03-27-2013 09:46 PM

Ok thanks for all the advice guys :)

farmallcrew 03-27-2013 09:58 PM

I have a few Pietta's and I would consider them an "everyday" shooter.

Fielder 04-13-2013 12:30 PM

The Colt '58 Navy .36 in steel frame (this gun historically NEVER came in a .44). The .44's were the Dragoons. the pockets were .31. The belts (e.g. the Navy '58) were .36.

Then along about '60, Colt put the big cylinder .44 on the belt frame and called it the 1860 Army.
And put the medium .36 on the pocket frame and called it the 1862 Police.
These two new guns had a new streamlined appearance due to cutting away part of the frame to fit the bigger cylinder on the smaller frame.

Not too hard to figure the medium caliber (.36) on the medium belt frame, made the '58 Navy their runaway best seller. Not to big, not too small, well balanced, and Colt continued to make it right up until the 1870's because it outsold the others. Today, for the same reasons, it's a real pleasure to use, very practical choice.

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