Quality of excavated pistols

Discussion in 'Curio & Relic Discussion' started by Scratchammo, Apr 30, 2011.

  1. Scratchammo

    Scratchammo New Member

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    Say I'm metal detecting in a ghost town in Arizona where it's bone dry & I come across say a Colt revolver from ~1880, what kind of quality would it be in?
     
  2. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Quality or condition?
    I venture (as AZ does get a little snow once in a while, even in the desert) that there would be rust. Especially where bare hands had left oils or from things crawling over it.
    Springs would not be in any shape to rely on. If it was left loaded, then the corrosion between the cases and the cylinder.

    Wall hanger, but that would only be a guess.
     

  3. Scratchammo

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    Makes sense. Thanks for the info. I plan on seeing a few ghost towns so I might as well bring a metal detector.
     
  4. Hawg

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    I doubt you'll find a ghost town in Arizona that hasn't been thoroughly dug at least three dozen times.:D Good luck tho, wouldn't mind trying it myself. If you found one it would have surface rust but nothing serious, most likely wouldn't leave any pitting or at least very little once cleaned. It will be frozen but fairly easily taken apart. Grips depending on the amount of wind protection will be sandblasted way down or missing altogether. They are worth more in an as found condition than restored tho. Moreso if it's cocked and has at least one fired round showing. What kind of detector do you have?
     
  5. boatme98

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    I worked at Sunset Crater Nat'l. Monument Az. back in the very early 1980's.
    While there, the feds were resurveying the area. One of the crew found the remains of an old revolver some miles east of main part of the park. It was in such bad condition, it couldn't be identified. It was lying on the surface. There was no wood left, the metal was just a mass of corrosion. I wish I had gotten a photo of it. I don't know what happened to it.
    Yes I do know what was supposed to happen with it.
     
  6. Hawg

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    I guess it depends on location and how much moisture it gets.
     
  7. pmanton

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    We might be dry but we still get rain.;) It usually comes all at once--like in thunder storms.:p

    Things might not rust as fast, but rust they do.

    Cheers:

    Paul
    Salome, AZ
     
  8. Trez

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    Hey Scratch, where do you plain on going? Az full of ghost towns... Most ive been though have been pretty picked though (or have a caretaker, who isnt gonna let you take anything) But sometimes you can find some neat stuff, Ive found old bottles, coins, and other small kick-nacks (Im still looking for that forgotten gold nugget or small "finger" bar:D)
    As for condition.... it all depends, ive found things with just a light layer of surface rust to "just a hunk of rust"

    Depending where you are going to be, I might be able to point you in a good direction.... I do enjoy the ghost towns myself.....
     
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  9. Hawg

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    I've seen some pretty nice guns after they were cleaned. I turned down a Merril carbine that was spotless. All markings were sharp and clear. Bore was as shiny and clean as a new dime but the stock was weathered down to about two thirds of normal size. I was out of town at the time and didn't think I'd ever find a stock for it. I still kick my behind for not buying it cuz I could have had a really nice war dated Merril for under a grand.:mad:
     
  10. meadville

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    When I was about 8 yrs old [1951] I found,while digging in the back yard with some freinds a H&R or iver jonson break top rusted to about 50 percent of what it once was and still loaded actually.Showed it to my Dad and last I saw of it.This was Ohio weather.
     
  11. Scratchammo

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    No detector yet. Any suggestions?
     
  12. Scratchammo

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    I'm not too sure at this point but this site Ghost Towns of Arizona - Arizona ghost towns with history, pictures, and location has a lot of info. I'll probably venture slightly off the beaten path, maybe I'll get a beep or two.
     
  13. Hawg

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    I use an old White's 6000 D/i Pro. Bounty Hunters are a decent lower price detector if you stay away from the bottom of the line like the ones they sell in Wal Mart. If you want a good quality detector that will last a long time I'd prolly go with a White's XLT or DFX. A metal detector has a learning curve. It's best to dig each and every signal no matter what the meter says. It will be the most frustrating thing you will ever do. Stick with it and it will be the most rewarding too.

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  14. Hawg

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    A few more.

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  15. Trez

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    Sweeeeeeeet :D you sir have quite a collection :cool:
     
  17. Scratchammo

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    Awesome!! I need to get those coordinates.
     
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    Hawg New Member

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    Just a few things. I've been detecting for about 20 years.

    Oh and you will develop an intense hatred for pull tabs.:D:D:D