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Driftwood Johnson, SASS #38283

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  1. Howdy The problem with 45 Schofield in the 'original model' Vaquero was the shape of the ratchet star. It was a simple cylinder with teeth cut into it. Notice there is very little clearance between the Schofield rims and the ratchet teeth 'cylinder' in the Vaquero cylinder on the left. With the 2nd Gen Colt cylinder on the right the teeth are scalloped, leaving more clearance. In point of fact, I had two Stainless 'original model' Vaqueros. of the two, there was one chamber that would not quite accept a Scofield rim because of the slight amount of interference. A few quick swipes w
  2. Howdy Again I was in the shop again today where I saw one of the Schofield 2000 revolvers that S&W made from 2000 until 2002. This time I asked the clerk for a tape measure. He provided one, probably thinking I was going to measure the barrel. Nope, I measured the length of the cylinder. 1 7/16", just like the originals. These revolvers were chambered for the 45 Schofield round, not 45 Colt. No way a 45 Colt would fit into a cylinder that short, just like with the originals. Dunno why S&W did not make space in the frame for a decent gas collet or ring on the front of the c
  3. Howdy Again You have far more patience than I do. I don't have the patience to sit through amateur videos where the author blabs and blabs instead of getting to the point in a timely manner. Anyway, yes, Uberti makes a replica of the 3rd Model Russian. This model had a knurled screw on the top strap for easy removal of the cylinder. My Russian is a 2nd Model, which did not have that knurled screw, instead there is a small slotted screw. It's been a long time since I took my Russian apart, but I seem to remember that screw has to be loosened a bit.
  4. Howdy Larsen is correct. Shooting Black Powder successfully in a S&W Top Break has nothing to do with the barrel/cylinder gap. It is all about the bushing on the front of the cylinder protecting the cylinder arbor from fouling blasted out of the barrel/cylinder gap. This is the cylinder from an original S&W Schofield made in 1875. Notice the bushing pressed into the front of the cylinder. Notice the bushing is outside the extractor rod and its spring. In this photo, the cylinder is lined up to the cylinder arbor, whic
  5. Nope. I'm not gonna dissect one of those rounds to find out.
  6. I'm so popular my mail box fills up all the time. Just emptied a bunch of stuff out of it.

  7. PREVIEW? Howdy. As a confirmed Luddite I am having a few growing pains with the new software. I don't seem to be able to find the ability to preview a post before I send it. There is a Preview icon, page with a magnifying glass, to the far right of the text box tool bar. I think Preview is its intent. I have always found this a very useful feature, because I like to edit my post before I send it. I too liked the old way. You all know I tend to get blabby at times and I need to make sure my spelling is correct and see that I am saying what I need to say. I always see
  8. As you all know by now I seriously dislike the term Period Correct. However the guy all the way on the right in that photo is Geronimo, and you can bet what he is wearing is historically accurate.
  9. Well Griff, as I've said many times, it is the cylinder that contains the pressure of the cartridge firing. The frame, which includes the top strap, does not see the pressure of the cartridge firing. However the frame does see the pounding of recoil, and a thicker top strap will be important in keeping the frame from stretching or otherwise failing from the heavier recoil of the 44 Mag cartridge.
  10. H.K. The most useful photo is #7, comparing two cylinders together.since both cylinders are 44 caliber, that is an apples to apples comparison. Talking about thicker top straps and stuff is all well and good, but the pedal hits the metal, so to speak, in the cylinders, which must contain the pressure of the cartridges firing. It appears to me that the web between chambers is slightly thicker on the Uberti 44 Magnum cylinder than the Colt 44 Special cylinder. A simple measurement with a caliper could confirm this. An even better photo would be a side by side comparison of both cylinders fro
  11. Well, it's just as well that I am too busy this weekend to go to the show in Marlboro. I have been spending too much money on guns lately. Looking at the Uberti web page they do list 44 Mag as one of the calibers for the Cattleman. But looking at the specs it appears that the only one chambered for 44 Mag is the Callahan model, which comes with either 4 3/4" or 6 1/2" barrel. There is also the 'target' model with 6 1/2" barrel only. So that model probably is heftier to take the 44 Mag cartridge. What say you H.K? I know you have a few Colts. Is your 44 Mag heftier than a standard S
  12. Howdy HK Just curious, where did you find it? I was not aware that Uberti was chambering the Cattleman for 44 Mag, but I just checked their webpage and 44 Mag is one of the listed calibers. Did you find it new or used?
  13. Yup, put a cookie sheet under the MEC. You'll be glad you did first time you dump shot all over the place so you don't have to vacuum it out of that nice new carpet.
  14. Howdy Again While I'm still on the subject, if I recall the dates correctly, back in the 1920s and 1930s Smith and Wesson obtained a trademark for the way they color case hardened the hammers and triggers on their revolvers. This was an attempt to keep cheap imitations from being imported from Europe. They stamped REG. U.S. PAT. OFF. on the hammers and backsides of the triggers. This was a trademark, not a patent. Eventually the courts ruled against them and they stopped marking their hammers and triggers that way. Back on Topic If they play their cards right
  15. Howdy The name '1911' is just a model designation given to a particular firearm by the US Army. Other than that it means nothing. The name '1911' is not trademarked. The patents for the 1911 expired long ago, so anybody can make one without infringing on anybody's intellectual property. Trademarks are different. The letter R inside a circle is the symbol for a registered trademark. A trademark identifies the brand owner of a particular product or service. Many things can be trademarked. Symbols or names associated with a particular brand can be trademarked. Trademarks can be renewe
  16. Hang my gunbelts? I don't. I have a small duffle bag that my leather stays in between matches. I just roll up the belt and stuff it into the bag. Nobody is going to come and admire my gunbelts.
  17. Howdy I had to listen to the video a bunch of times to hear where he said they were located. Finally I got it, New Britain, which isn't far from Hartford where the Colt factory is. A couple of things. He keeps repeating it is a Single Action Army. If he insists on calling it that, Colt will sue him because that is a registered trademark of the Colt company. He said the gun he was holding had a 4 3/4" barrel, but it sure looked like a 5 1/2" barrel to me. Making the gun in the USA I'm not surprised at the price, you can't build something of equal quality in the USA with Italian labor r
  18. Howdy I shoot Trap just about every Sunday, all year long. During the season I shoot once a week in Trap League too. Other than that I try to get down to the range as often as possible to shoot all those S&W revolvers I have.
  19. Yup, it was probably me. Here are four books no self respecting Smith and Wesson aficionado should be without. There's a newer addition of this one out now, but I like this one better. The 4th edition of this one is out now, but I haven't gotten it yet. An oldie but a goodie.
  20. Dumb Question: Why not just shoot 44 Russian in them? Starline makes 44 Russian brass, I shoot it in original S&W Top Breaks all the time.
  21. Howdy If he is a highly respected smith, and the springs he works on keep breaking, something is wrong. I'm not saying you should mention his name, but hammer springs breaking in a Colt is quite rare. There are several ways to tune a hammer spring so it exerts less force. Done improperly can cause damage. Just for the fun of it, check and see if there are horizontal grinding marks running across your springs. If so, the grinding marks set up what are called Stress Risers, providing a perfect place for a spring to snap in half. Tuned springs should be perfectly smooth, with no horizonta
  22. Yes, I stand corrected. Magna grips were an option on the Registered Magnums starting in 1935. After WWII Magna grips became standard on all S&W Hand Ejectors.
  23. Howdy Again The grips on my Triple Lock are what S&W called Service Grips. The grips on the 44HE 4th Model are what S&W calls Magna grips. S&W did not start using Magna grips until around 1950, but as you say, yours are after market. The Serial Number should appear in four separate locations on a S&W revolver of that era. The SN of record is on the bottom of the grip. The SN should also appear on the rear face of the cylinder, the underside of the extractor star, and on the barrel. With a Triple Lock the SN on the barrel will be stamped in the hollow of the extractor
  24. Howdy Again It really does not matter whether you use FFg or FFFg. I used to use FFFg in my 45s and 44s, and FFg in my shotshells, but I got tired of stocking two different granulations. Everything else being equal, you will see somewhere around 60 fps to 100 fps more when using FFFg instead of FFg. You will not get any leading with Black Powder. I don't know why, but I have been shooting Black Powder for a long time, and there is never any leading to clean out of the chambers or bore.
  25. Howdy A decent photo would go a long way towards identifying the revolver in question. There is no mistaking a Triple Lock. The third latch in the underside of the extractor shroud engages a hardened steel insert pressed into the cylinder yoke. The cylinder assembly has been removed in this photo to show the hardened insert pressed into the yoke. Notice the extractor shroud is very tall, to house the triple lock mechanism. Most were chambered for 44 Special. Also 44 Russian, 44-40, 455 Mark II and 38-40. a very few were chambered for 45 C
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