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Old May 25th, 2014, 01:18 PM   #16
 
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Handsome looking Old Army! Good luck with it and happy shooting!



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Old May 25th, 2014, 03:58 PM   #17
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Very nice. I seen one just like that this morning only it had wood grips. It was very nice. The price was $400. Should I be kicking myself for walking away?
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Great gun at exceptional price. Congrats and enjoy.
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Why, oh why?

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Get a conversion cylinder for it.
The last thing in the world I'd want to do to my Old Army is shoot it as a cartridge ammo revolver. If I want to shoot cartridges for "convenience," well, that's what my stainless 6" Security Six is for. And it's a darn sight more convenient to load with it's swing-out cylinder and star ejector than a Kirst Converter cylinder is.


Beyond that, it is my understanding that a lot of 7.5" Old Army revolvers shipped with a front sight already too low for round-ball use. Firing bullets would only exacerbate that problem as they tend to shoot higher than balls do.

Different strokes for different folks, I guess, but conversion cylinders aren't cheap and I'd rather apply the cost of one of them toward balls, powder, and caps for my Old Army, or component bullets, powder, and primers for the ammo I shoot out of my Security Six, or apply it toward the purchase of a Bisley Blackhawk if I absolutely had to fire cartridges out of a single-action revolver.

I bought my Old Army because it was a percussion revolver -not in in spite of it. If I thought "reloading as I go" at the range was too big of a PITA compared to using speed-loaders to charge my Security Six's chambers with cartridges, I'd have saved a tidy sum and spared myself the inconvenience of cap and ball shooting by simply not buying the Old Army I've got.
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...apply it toward the purchase of a Bisley Blackhawk if I absolutely had to fire cartridges out of a single-action revolver.
Is there another kind??? Single Action is THE preferred firearm type for this shooter . And of course .45 Colt is the preferred caliber. If I had a couple of hundred dollars burning a hole in my pocket, I'd pick up a conversion cylinder for 'fun'/'novelty' of it. It is what it is! Oh, and why o' why have Security Six when you can have a grown up real revolver like a New Vaquero or BH . Hah!
Different strokes for different folks .
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Is there another kind??? Single Action is THE preferred firearm type for this shooter .
Well, as a civilian shooter, a single action percussion revolver is my preferred handgun type.

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And of course .45 Colt is the preferred caliber.
.45 is clearly the preferred caliber, but them newfangled, sissified, metrosexual metallic cartridge thingies? Them things, like smokeless powder, are just a passing fad... .

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If I had a couple of hundred dollars burning a hole in my pocket, I'd pick up a conversion cylinder for 'fun'/'novelty' of it. It is what it is!
A pal of mine picked one up and while I certainly saw the novelty of it, I didn't find much in the way of "fun factor". But I don't mind "reloading as I go" as I've got all day to spend at the range when I go and I ain't in that big of a hurry...

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Oh, and why o' why have Security Six when you can have a grown up real revolver like a New Vaquero or BH . Hah!
Let me explain... No, there is too much... Let me sum up..

My first non-percussion handgun was a .357 Bisley Blackhawk that I bought new the day I turned 21. It got destroyed in a fire, or I would still have it.

But I couldn't have used it when I got in to law enforcement so I bought a Model 66 Smith and Wesson and the Security Six that I still have. I carried the Security Six on duty, and the people I pointed it at seemed to think it was plenty "real" and "grown up."

I bought another Bisley a few years ago -44 Mag, with fluted cylinder... Frankly, it sucked, accuracy-wise. My first one didn't, nor does my Security Six, and my Old Army turns a 25 yard X ring in to a ragged hole...... So I'll likely not be getting another single action revolver. Hard to imagine anything else being as accurate as my Old Army is, though my first Bisley was pretty darn close.

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Indeed! But everybody should know that he-man handgunners SHOOT WITH BALLS!!! hahahahahahah.....
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Sweet looking gun. Nice buy
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It's a darned shame that Ruger doesn't make these any more....Nice score!
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Sold my SS Old Army for $250 when this state declared they couldn't be used in Black Powder season. Wish I had kept it now.
NICE GUN, ENJOY
And don't forget to CRISCO over the cylinders!
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Pre-made paper (tissue or cigarette) 'cartridges', with a ball glued to one end, can greatly speed up the loading of CnB revolvers.
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I'm just wondering what the conversion guy's did with the original cylinders. I would love to have a spare or 2.
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Spare cylinder

I am looking to buy a spare cylinder for my Ruger Old Army 44. Not a conversion but a c/b.
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You'll have a hard time getting anyone to part with their cylinders, conversion or not because A. You should never get rid of original parts and B. You should never get used to original parts.

I'll say this, first, welcome to the forum and second, probably not the best choice of first posts...you can go to the classifieds/for sale/wtb area and post about looking for some cylinders but it's generally not done in areas other than those I mentioned. There may be a post requirement before you can post there, I can't remember but if you're active in the various areas of the forum it's not hard to gain a post count.
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Get a conversion cylinder for it.

please dont do this, just shoot it as the good lord intended. by pouring in as much powder as you can and still jam the ball into the cylinder lol
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There is or was a company specializing in old army cylinders, both conversion and C/B.

I can't find the link, but a good search should turn em up if they are still around.

It's an option for a spare cylinder - but not a cheap option ~$250 IIRC

Here's one: Cylinders for your Ruger Old Army

Doesn't look like the same page I had BMed however.

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