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Driftwood Johnson, SASS #38283

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  1. Howdy I am having an argument with a guy on another forum. He just inherited a Colt Police Positive Special chambered for 32-20. He is brand new to the cartridge and has been quoting the Starline web page, where by the way I buy all my brass. This is part of what Starline has to say regarding the 32-20: "Designed for use in rifles and single action revolvers, this cartridge is making a strong comeback with the advent of cowboy action shooting." To which I say bunk. My point is, despite the fact that Starline makes excellent brass, they don't know much about
  2. Howdy I like to go with Jerry Kunhausen's recommendation in his book The Colt Single Action Revolvers, A shop Manual, Volumes 1 & 2. He states .006 for jacketed bullets, .008 for lead. Personally I do not believe the gap should be larger for Black Powder. More of a gap will simply let more fouling blast out of the gap onto the surface of the cylinder and cause the cylinder to bind more quickly.
  3. No. The I frame was much smaller than the N frame, which is what your 455HE is built on. I doubt that hammer will fit.
  4. Howdy Again This is what the rear sight on all the early Hand Ejectors looked like. This one happens to be on my 455HE. All they did was cut a spherical recess with a ball end mill after the groove had been cut. I can't tell from your photo what the light tan is, but this is the way they left the factory. That is what the hammer should look like too. Good luck finding a replacement hammer for a revolver made over 100 years ago. You might try Numrich. This is the rear sight on my Model 1917. Notice the grooves on the side of the hammer. T
  5. Howdy Again The top most mark on the left side of the frame on the revolver in question is a British Broad Arrow. I cannot see the rest of the marks clearly enough to make them out. Your revolver is clearly not chambered for 45ACP. When seated in the chamber of a Model 1917 or similar S&W revolver, the case head will be sitting about .090 proud of the rear of the cylinder. This is to allow the space required for the half moon clips. The case head will sit proud like that whether or not the rounds are mounted in clips, because as I said earlier, with a S&W, the c
  6. Howdy I don't know anything about Webleys. I know a little bit about Smith and Wessons. Most of the early S&W revolvers with side swinging cylinders were called Hand Ejectors. This is because the earlier Top Break designs such as the Schofield automatically ejected the spent cartridges when the barrel was swung down to reload. That type of automation was not possible with the side swinging cylinders, ejection had to be done manually (and still does) by pushing the front of the ejector rod in. So since the empties had to be ejected manually, o
  7. Nope. I'm not gonna dissect one of those rounds to find out.
  8. I'm so popular my mail box fills up all the time. Just emptied a bunch of stuff out of it.

  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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?
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. 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.
  25. 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
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