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  1. I would be sure to look at the actual one I was buying. I have seen a couple of these that were really over polished, with rounded corners, dished holes, etc. I am sure this is not all of them, but for the money, I would want to know what I am buying. Just my 2 cents.
  2. Pee wee, thanks for reposting that. There is a lot of misinformation about the history of these guns.
  3. I once bought a double shotgun for 50 cents (I am absolutely not kidding). I didn’t want it because it was not functional, but the guy really wanted it out of his house. Turns out that it had just been assembled incorrectly. I put it together correctly and sold it for $300. Technically, that’s that’s probably the largest percentage of appreciation.
  4. I am gently cleaning it up, but I want to keep its original patina and not remove any of the surviving finish. I am not going to refinish the gun. There are some things that can be done to improve the stocks without causing issues or making it look like it’s been worked over. Slow and easy is best with a gun this rare. I have had the side plates off snd the inside shows a lot of color case and blue.
  5. They also have a totally different, and very pleasant balance. I have a number of 73s and this one feels quite different. No good for sass because it only holds 6 rounds, but it would be a great gun otherwise.
  6. I dropped by the local shop on Saturday and saw an interesting 44-40 Winchester 1873. It’s a pistol grip deluxe with xx or xxx wood, a half magazine, half round barrel. It shows it’s wear and has some pitting but it retains strong traces of color case and blue. The bore is nice and bright and the gun is mechanically perfect. I was taken with it and moved a couple of reproduction guns that I was not using to pay for it. I went and picked it up today. It was not much more than the cost of a current production 1873 deluxe. It joins the 1886 deluxe I found a couple of years back. Thought fo
  7. I have both. The 73 is lighter and has the trigger/lever safety. Other than that, functionally not much difference between the two. Pick the one that calls to you and feels right in your hands.
  8. I recommend doing the math. Figure out if it’s cheaper to sell what you have and buy what you want or to pay a smith to bob it. If it’s close, I would recommend trading yours for a shorty. Factory spec is generally worth more than modified in the long run and I have a thing about paying people to devalue my guns. But hey, that’s just me.
  9. Absolutely right. I bought one of the first chaparral 1876s and it was a total mess. Chaparral replaced it. I took the replacement to the range and the pins on the bolt and receiver that held the action links sheared off after shooting about 20 rounds of BP ammo. I raised such a stink that chaparral refunded the full purchase price. I would never under any circumstances buy a Chaparral. Having said that, the barrel on the chaparral is supposed to be good. I have heard of guys putting chaparral barrels in Uberti receivers with good results.
  10. I have had two in 45-75 and liked them quite a bit. My first one was an early gun with the slightly non standard Uberti 45-75 chambering. I replaced it with a later gun that has standard chambering. You won’t have that issue in 45-60. The trigger pull on both my guns was heavy when received and the sear geometry was a bit off. Some work on the springs and the sear surfaces as well as proper adjustment of the springs sorted this. The 76 is one of my favorite rifles, though I don’t get to shoot it much these days. I would like to have one of the carbines, but they wer
  11. Selling a firearm across state lines violates federal law if it is not done through an FFL. Do the transfer through an FFL and keep the paperwork.
  12. I am two weeks out from my second vaccine shot so I dropped by the local gun shop for the first time in a long time to see how things are going. I was very pleased to find they had a good supply of BP in all grades but 1f as well as no. 11 and 10 Remington caps for $9 a tin. I stocked up a bit but left some for others.
  13. I have used red dot ever since I got into CAS. Unique is a classic powder, but for .45 red dot generally uses one grain less than unique for the same velocity. So for example, in a .45 lc using 6 grains of unique gets you 1166 loaded rounds, where 5 grains of red dot gets you 1400 loaded rounds. Given the scarcity of powder these days, that’s a thing worth considering.
  14. Color case hardening is a complex process and a lot of things can impact the color. The type of metal, not properly cleaning the parts, the type and amount of carbon material used, how it’s packed, how long the parts/charcoal are heated, the temperature of the water used for quench. The primary function of case hardening is to add carbon to the surface of a low carbon steel. This can be done with or without the colors we like. During the process, parts are heated to approximately 1400 degrees (red hot) inside a sealed canister filled with bone and wood charcoal. The canister keeps ox
  15. My first leather was a pair of Mexican loop holsters I bought from river junction trade company about 35 years ago. I think they were under $40 at the time. I still use them for my Bisleys. I had a cartridge belt made by a local saddle shop when I was in my 20s to carry a Colt new service in .45lc, but I used it when I started CAS. I still have it, but I no longer have a 30 inch waist. I am saving it for my son. These days, I use old west reproductions money belts with period style holsters appropriate to the age of the gun.
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