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  1. Both are quality revolvers, and Pietta has indeed come a long way in quality...but then again, at some point, Pietta had nowhere to go but up. BUT... The writing, on the revolver, is more hidden on the Uberti. I do not care for Pietta's mini-novel on their barrels. If I want to read, I will bring a Louis L'Amour paperback, with me. I don't have any Ruger's with any barrel warnings either. Pre-warn rules!!! The Uberti 1860 Army, that I bought in 1968, has NO markings, like: "black powder only", or any other such non-sense. The Mccullogh 1860 Army, by Uberti, that I bought 2 years ago, has all the writings hidden under the loading lever. My Pietta New Model Army (mistakenly called, by rookies, "the model 1858"}, is the "Shooters Revolver" sold by Dixie Gun Works, and it has way too much writing on it. That is the only Pietta I own. They go for over a thousand bucks now, when they are in stock, so they should be top quality. I think mine is. I have owned it for probably 15 years, or more, now. Except for wearing out several sets of cones (nipples), and once replacing the cylinder-stop spring, the Uberti 1860 Army, that I bought in 1968, is still going strong. after 55 years. I haven't had to replace the mainspring yet, either, on the 55 year old Uberti. Darn those "flimsy" leaf-springs!!!
  2. When/If I use a filler, I use Cream of Wheat. Tried grits, but went back to Cream of Wheat. I mostly use fillers in my Sharps rifles....not very often in my revolvers.
  3. A holster wearing at a normal rate, under standard conditions, should be and look, fine. It gives character to the product, showing it is a veteran of many an hour of shooting, and re-enacting. I do two things to my leather on a regular basis. I knead them with my hands, for a few minutes, about once a month. Leather tends to stiffen, if left idle too long. The Smithsonian uses Pecard Leather Dressing, on their leather, and it is a great leather conditioner. Rub it in by hand, as you notice the leather getting dry, and it moisturizes the leather fibers, and swells them a little. If you use something on leather, make sure it is FOR leather, and is NOT: butter, transmission fluid, neatsfoot oil, saddle soap (saddle soap is just that...soap...and it will dry out the leather fibers). If you use saddle soap, be sure to use some leather conditioner, made specifically for leather, after using the saddle soap. That will moisturize your leather fibers, and counteract the effects of the saddle soap, which dries out the leather fibers. Use a product that is specifically made for leather, and not buttering your cornbread, or keeping your transmission going!!!! Been messing with leather since 1965, so I am no rookie, but I am sure others will have different/opposite/conflicting opinions, based on their personal experience, or what the have read, or what their grandpaw told them. But these opinions happen to be mine. I am no marxist-democrat, so that is fine with me to disagree. So far...it is still {mostly] a free country. There ya go. My Two Bits. W.K.
  4. Opinions are like arm pits....most everyone has at least two....and a lot of the time, it is best kept to one's self. Like it, or not...the song went viral. Like it, or not...the song resonated with a lot of folks, especially now, in this stupid climate we have been in for a couple of years now. Music, like art, is subject to the likes and dislikes of the individual....subjective more than objective. Is it a "country song"? Some say yes, some say no. Just because someone says yes, or not, doesn't mean anything, but just tells the rest of us where you stand on it. So? He can't sing? Some agree, some disagree. The resonating guitar (some play it flat, and call it a dobro)...some say he did well, some say not. You like the song? Great. So? You do not like the song? Great. So? One thing I really did like, was, he read some Scripture from the Bible, before he performed. I guess now we will have a discussion on what version of the Bible he read from, Greek Orthodox, Latin Vulgate, etc., and if it was written in Greek, or Latin, or early English, or German, or Pig Latin, and if he was qualified to read it, since he is likely NOT an ordained minister of whatever faith you believe is the correct one!!!!! It is just your/mine/our freekin' opinion, and your/mine/our opinion, plus one yankee dollar, may buy a small bottled water, in this era of bidenomics.
  5. Well, I for one, care! I notice the inaccuracies, when it comes to westerns. I could not care less if anyone else knows, or cares...that is their problem/ignorance. They can just as easily make a movie that is accurate, as they can inaccurate, if they wanted to. As they say: "the devil is in the details". I must again say that most of the saddles were accurate...the old time A-fork, high cantle, and not the flat, swelled fork saddles of the 20th century. That was refreshing to see. Plus, as I said, the writers did not seem to have a lot of background on travel, in the old west. If the main characters were so experienced, they sure made some rookie mistakes. The goal of an experienced guide is to get the majority of the folks to their destination, and that entails a lot of river crossings, and bad weather. Most of these folks did not survive the trip. As I said, this is 1883, so many of them could have perhaps taken the railroad pretty far west as they could afford to. This time period should, perhaps, been better set in 1868, and not 1883. Overall, not very well written, or thought out. Plus, the ending was a disappointment...really weird/lame...something I pretty much expect from today's writers, who watch too much "The View". My Two Bits. W.K.
  6. I do not think the writer(s) knew much about the frontier/trail life. The first river crossing was a disaster, that with some common sense, and some forethought, should have been done without loss of life. Besides...in 1883, a lot of the families could have taken the railroad west, and been there waiting on their husbands/fathers to catch up with them in their wagons, at some point. I did like it that most of the saddles were the old time A-fork saddles, and not the more modern saddles we so often see. I did see one of the main characters using a model 1885 high-wall, and yet this is supposed to be 1883. At least I did not notice any model 1892's. I have never seen any women, in all the old historical photographs I have seen, wearing sleeveless blouses, either. In those days, it would have been way too bold. I did think I heard someone say "okay", which was a word that became common much later, than in 1883. "All right" would have been more authentic to the year 1883. Also, in the series, the women rode astride the horse, and none on a side-saddle. Later, they did ride astride, with a skirt/split riding breeches, but like as not it was not a common sight in 1883. I will say it could have happened, as was necessary to fit the situation, but it was not a common occurrence. It was strange to hear some of the Indians speak such perfect English, as well, with no accent. Overall, I was disappointed in 1883, especially the finale. Where is Louis L'Amour, or Elmer Kelton, or J. Frank Dobie, when you really need them??? For me, it was poorly written, and seemed to show a lack of research. My Two Bits. W.K.
  7. Got one. Love it. 3-screw model, NO (stinkin') transfer bar, and 4 (count 'em four) clicks. A 7 1/2 inch barrel. No stupid lawyer warning on the barrel. I am not about to send it back to Ruger, to be retrofitted with a transfer bar (transfer bar?. I ain't got no transfer bar.! I don't need no stinkin' transfer bar!). I'd vote for sniffin' joe before I'd do such a fool thing. Yep, it is loud, but nothing is too loud if you are wearing the correct ear protection, like you should.
  8. I bought my first cap & ball revolver in 1968...an 1860 army. I had plenty of chain fires, over the years...surprising, to say the least. I never got hurt by a chain fire...other than it hurt my feelings. Back then, it was recommended to use .451 round balls, instead of .454's. Plus, it was not widely known that the spark, from chamber to chamber, can also happen at the cap end, at the cone (nipple), if the cap doesn't fit tight enough. Back then we only thought it happened if the ball did not fit tight enough in the chamber. The ball should be large enough to shave a sliver of lead off, when loading, and that should indicate a tight fit. I try to put some lube on top of the round ball, to help lubricate the barrel, to keep the fouling soft, but not necessarily to stop a chain fire. I also use a lubricated felt wad, between the powder, and ball. That helps with the fouling, as well. So...we learned that a chain fire can happen at either end of the cylinder, where a spark can find a way to the powder, and not just at the end of the cylinder, when we load a round ball, or conical...as we were first taught back in those early days. Even taking all the precautions, and loading the correct size bullet, and using lube, etc., there always seems a way the spark can find its way. Murphy's law, I guess. My Two Bits. W.K.
  9. He was a character in the T.V. series: The Librarian.
  10. I was a teenager before I realized that gravy was not a beverage.
  11. I cannot even begin to comprehend how totally uninformed, and uneducated, this woman is. Does she think some folks feed their chickens steak fingers, or chicken nuggets, or maybe chicken fried steak? Of course, my daughter-in-law feeds her chickens meal-worms, but they are just there for the eggs, and not to eat. I guess the chickens that are fed meal-worms are not on her approved list of a "vegan" diet. Free roaming chickens eat worms, and grasshoppers and the like. So, I guess the natural way chickens eat is not correct either. The Lord ate lamb, and fish, and beef, while He was here on this earth, so I figure what the Creator ate, would be all right for me to eat as well. What scares me the most is this woman is likely eligible to vote!!! I have to believe she is NOT a country girl, from what she said. A country girl would know better, having likely been raised around animals. Too bad there is no vaccine for stupid!!!!
  12. I'd get a Brandon" halloween mask, since I believe it is the scariest mask ever made...but...that would guarantee I'd get razor blades in my candy or fruit, when trick or treating...or...at the very least, shot at.
  13. Looks like something the Union Pacific "Big Boy" should be pulling.
  14. Great post...thanks!!!! Sad that they could not have been turned into a museum somewhere, like some of the warships in the U.S. have been. We can't save them all, I know, but the unique, one-of-a-kind ones, should be considered. The same is true for steam locomotives, and aircraft as well. Living history we can see, and touch, sure beats the heck out of just looking at a black and white photo, and reading about them. All governments waste money...so like as not they waste enough to restore, and display, some of these historical ships. I guess that takes leaders that are not dead from the neck up, to consider something like that. That ain't a political statement, as much as it is just simple old common-sense observation, of today's leadership, here and overseas. My Two Bits. W.K.
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