Single Action

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by Murfdog, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. Murfdog

    Murfdog New Member

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    I'm thinking of getting a single action and don't know much about them.I saw a sell on gun brokers for a Uberti 1873 hombre in .357 or .45lc for $250 and was wondering if this is a good deal for my first one.These are NIB.And wondering which one I should go with.Thanks

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  2. AIKIJUTSU

    AIKIJUTSU New Member

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    It depends on what your intended use is for the gun. If it is for Cowboy Action competition, an inexpensive SAA clone would be OK, with its true SAA action. But if it is for hunting, extensive target shooting, or personal protection in the boondocks I'd recommend something a little sturdier. For that, IMHO, you should consider spending a few more buck$ on a Ruger Blackhawk or Super Blackhawk, or a Freedom Arms gun. They are good for over 100,000 shots before they wear out, and can handle the hottest reasonable loads you want to stuff them with. Note that they use a transfer-bar ignition system, not the traditional SAA type. But because of that you can safely load all 6 chambers, as they won't fire if you drop the gun.
     

  3. Murfdog

    Murfdog New Member

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    I have my H&K's for CCW and home protection.This is just for fun.

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  4. Alphawolf45

    Alphawolf45 New Member

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    I was a couple keystrokes away from buying a pair of those in .45 Colt..They are not given the better finish of the higher by twice priced models. Would have required a lot of hand finishing to have prepared it for a shiney blue finish on the barrel or for a color case hardened frame..And it has the cheaper to produce cast brass grip frame...All that is just cosmetics...Should be a real good gun, the cowboy action guys like them Ubertis...I aint entirely decided that I wont get one of them for myself ...:D
     
  5. Chandler51

    Chandler51 New Member

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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.
     
  6. RedCent

    RedCent New Member

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    The Hombre has the same guts as the others. The finish, brass frame, grips are all utilitarian=inexpensive.
    The 45 Colt is a good round for self defense. Just teach yourself to shoot and cock with one hand, just in case.
    The Hombre, as most of all the factory guns, will have a stiff hammer spring and a fairly heavy trigger pull. For plinking and other fun shooting it would do. With a factory 250gr @ 850fps, it is a formidable round.
     
  7. mcb

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    I think that's a great deal. Uberti is very popular in the cas world.
     
  8. donthav1

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    i saw those on GB too, & am still super tempted. we'll hafta see how long my will power holds out.

    i've always been a big fan of single action army's & got to hold a uberti in 45 LC at a local gun store the other day (case colored, they wanted $299 used). to me it felt like a very solid gun, nice fit & finish on it for the money.
     
  9. hogdoc357

    hogdoc357 New Member

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    I have a pair of Ruger New Vaqueros in .38/.357 mag. Rugers are great guns. These I own have easy action for CAS but have the Ruger sturdiness for longevity and firing the .357 mags if I choose for home defense.
     
  10. Chandler51

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    Yep...Ruger new vaq is a great little gun for sure. My dad has two in stainless with consecutive serial numbers he uses for CAS. .45 Colt
     
  11. AIKIJUTSU

    AIKIJUTSU New Member

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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.
     
  12. RedCent

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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.
    I use Ruger 3 screws for cowboy/SASS. You would think they are broke whenyou cycled them.
     
  13. Chandler51

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    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"?
     
  14. Rick1967

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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.
     
  15. Chandler51

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    I'd agree w/this. Pretty fair assessment, Rick. :)
     
  16. towboater

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    Nice SAA. Get it, you will have fun.
     
  17. ninjatoth

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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!
     
  18. mcb

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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.
     
  19. Clem

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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.
     
  20. Single actions

    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.