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Not wishing to hijack another, and excellent thread on some specific revolvers that have them, I just wanted to say that in general I think that octagon barrels on a pistol look really cool.   Granted, the SAA never had one back in the day, but some others did, and there's nothing that prevents us from having Colt Clones with a stop sign shaped barrel.

 

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The oldest one I have is factory conversion Remington 58 in .38 Long Colt

 

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And this one's a Uberti conversion I did myself, another .38

 

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Another Uberti.  This one is a .45.

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Another .45 Conversion.   This one's a recreation of the Rogers and Spencer revolver.  A really unusual and cool pistol.

 

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An 1860 Colt, converted to .32-20.   Granted, this is not the original barrel, but I do find it interesting how cap and ball era pistols seemed to have octagons a lot, but when they switched to cartridges, round ones became the norm.  

But customization allows for anything.

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That's my Big Iron.   Armi San Marco frame, Pietta 1860 grips, and barrel from a Rossi 92.   So much fun to shoot.

What do others think?   Do you like revolvers with barrels shaped like a circle or a stop sign?

 

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Oh, I almost forgot.   It IS a pistol after all.

 

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I like octagon barrels on the guns that originally had them, but prefer round on the original styles. You can get a octagon barreled  peacemaker with Pietta's El Malo.

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I've had about 4 or 5 sets of Vaqueros with Octagon barrels..... all of which were installed by Snake Oil George in Oklahoma.

 

I consider him a master machinist.   When I ask for 3" barrels, he also cut the ejector rod and ejector rod housing appropriately, 

beveled the edged real nice, and beveled by cylinder.   Really great work.

 

..........Widder

 

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I agree with H.K. Uriah and Widder. 

 

Although I have not shot an Octagon barrel in some time,  I finally succumbed to the desire to have Octagon barrels on my pistols, by the living legend - Snake Oil George.  I still am a big fan of blued barrels and so it took a special type of material to make octagon barrels that could be blued.  Snake Oil George took the time to make them correct, with a Front sight of my desire as well.  Be they rounded or octagon barrels, quality work it takes for the final product. 

 

Many thanks to Snake Oil George and his lovely wife.  Oklahoma Dee

 

 

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My main match guns.

 

Stainless Uberti 58's, 5.5" barrels with Kirst conversions and Mason ejectors in 45 colt, wolff saa springs and TOTW hawken rifle sites that I modified to fit the dovetails that are nickel and brass.

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Boomstick Bruce,  Those are some beautiful, bad azzzz guns.:D

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Didn't all 1871 / 72 Colts have Octagon barrels. I have a pair of Uberti 71s with Octo barrels in 38spl.

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42 minutes ago, Rancho Roy said:

Didn't all 1871 / 72 Colts have Octagon barrels. I have a pair of Uberti 71s with Octo barrels in 38spl.

 

Of the Colts cartridge guns and conversions, only the '51 Richards Mason has an octagon barrel (new ones have 1871 printed on the side).  Plus a lot of the smaller pocket guns like the 1849.

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:huh: R. Roy :wacko:

 

NO.  1871/72 Open Top are/were round barrel guns.  At some point in time, someone has mounted/fit 1851 Richards Mason conversion Barrels on those frames.

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Seems like a couple of pards every match gush over these, it happened again today.

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30 minutes ago, H. K. Uriah, SASS #74619 said:

 

What are they?   Looks like a Remington frame with Colt grips and trigger guard...

Ruger Old Armies with octagon barrels by Snake Oil George.

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24 minutes ago, Goody, SASS #26190 said:

Other than aesthetics, is there any advantage to the octagon barrels?

IMHO, of course, the extra weight of the octagon barrels helps me stay on target. When I fired these in matches with the old barrels my misses were all over the top misses, now I rarely miss with them and my hits are pretty much in the centers of the targets. So IMO, there is an advantage to heavier barrels.

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49 minutes ago, Goody, SASS #26190 said:

Other than aesthetics, is there any advantage to the octagon barrels?

But Goody, isn't aesthetics enough?  :)  I like how the sight plane from the hammer nose is in line with the flat barrel top.

 

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3 hours ago, Abilene, SASS # 27489 said:

But Goody, isn't aesthetics enough?  :)  I like how the sight plane from the hammer nose is in line with the flat barrel top.

 

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Absolutely! You know me, I've never been against style points.:rolleyes:

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3 hours ago, Warden Callaway said:

I have this pair of Cimarron Eleminator 8s in 45Colt but can't say that I bought them because of the octagon barrels. 

 

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Have the same pair in 357 , I bought them for the larger grip frame , but do like the bbl’s 

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10 hours ago, Goody, SASS #26190 said:

Other than aesthetics, is there any advantage to the octagon barrels?

 

I really don't know.  I just think they are nifty looking.

Well, maybe there is this, when I take out the Big Iron, that Marty Robbins song is always in my head.   That inspires me have deadly accuracy.  :)

 

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Sure like YL's Old Armies. But, felt like Ethan Cord and Fireball would want to see at least one pair of FAs on this thread. :D

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30 minutes ago, Billy Boots, # 20282 LTG-Regulator said:

Sure like YL's Old Armies. But, felt like Ethan Cord and Fireball would want to see at least one pair of FAs on this thread. :D

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Don't gloat, Billy.......

 

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8 hours ago, Totes Magoats said:

Snake Oil George put these on my Jimmy Spurs NMV’s. 
 

 

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Dang! 

Museum quality. 

 Jimmy Spurs action job, full stroke is one of the best, if not the very best.

Glad your not in my category.

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3 hours ago, Totes Magoats said:

Snake Oil George put these on my Jimmy Spurs NMV’s. 
 

 

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What a combination....Jimmy Spur tuned and barrels by SOG.  Excellent.

Now if you just had some leather....O that right, you have that new multi-combination CF rig.  :D

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On 1/3/2021 at 8:15 AM, Totes Magoats said:

Snake Oil George put these on my Jimmy Spurs NMV’s. 
 

 

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You finally got sucked in! Welcome to the gang!! Snake Oil does excellent work, those are very nice, get them to Aspen Filly as soon as possible!!

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On 1/2/2021 at 7:30 PM, Goody, SASS #26190 said:

Other than aesthetics, is there any advantage to the octagon barrels?

No one pointed out the advantage: you can forge an octagonal barrel with a hammer and finish it with a file no need for a lathe!

 

Fordyce

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I find it interesting that while I love octagon barrels on rifles, they leave me cold on revolvers. Okay, I know I'm a bit addled...

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