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Old 09-27-2011, 03:09 AM   #1
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Default Anyone know what ammo for this old Colt?

I bought a nice Colt SAA made in 1887 and am trying to figure out which ammo it takes. It says "38 Colt" stamped on the barrel. At that time there was 38 Long Colt and 38 Short Colt being manufactured. Does anyone know for sure which ammo is correct?

Can anyone tell me what the grip is made of? It seems old and worn but doesn't look to me like ivory.

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Old 09-27-2011, 09:43 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. Please stop by our "Introductions" area and tell us a little more about yourself.

Most ammo dimensions can be found on the net. How deep are the chambers reamed?
Do you have any documents on the firearm?

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That more than likely would have been Black Powder.

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You have a beautiful gun there. The gun is chambered for .38 Long Colt. It will also shoot .38 Short Colt ammo.

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The 38 long colt & short colt can also be had in smokeless but no worries it is loaded down to bp velocities.... I have a 1894 colt and some green box Remington loads that work fine in it.
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you ever find out what the grips are made of? those are really nice, but I would assume they're plastic or some type of faux ivory, or bonded ivory. If they were genuine ivory the cost of the gun should reflect that fact. But let us know if you find out, they could be real ivory and the seller just didn't know what they had.

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If the screw that holds the cylinder pin in place is screwed in from the front it is a black powder gun. If the screw is on the side it is a smokeless gun. But KABAR2 is correct you can shoot it which ever one it is.

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you can do the hot needle test to see if they are genuine ivory, I've seen those old coloured ivory's before ,some looked like plastic but where the real deal, real mexican eagle ivory's are not cheap! I I think they are genuine Ivory
grips of my colt , your's seems to be a lot older

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I just found an interesting writeup on the 38 LC

.38 Long Colt
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If the screw that holds the cylinder pin in place is screwed in from the front it is a black powder gun. If the screw is on the side it is a smokeless gun. But KABAR2 is correct you can shoot it which ever one it is.
That's not true. The transverse cylinder pin was standard from 1896. Colt didn't go smokeless until 1900 at serial 192,000. If it was proofed for smokeless it will have VP in a triangle on the trigger guard.
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