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Old October 15th, 2014, 03:27 AM   #31
 
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Very nice! Looks like it's brand new. Congratulations!



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Old October 15th, 2014, 05:51 AM   #32
 
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Good deal, like any Ruger that they discontinue the prices go up. Getting a NIB for that price I think you did very well. My first Blued R.O.A. I wish I had kept. I bought from the GS I was working at. That was back in the 70's and I want to say it was a 125.00. We'd get them in now & then and they just sat there.
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Nice find! I have the same model, and she is accurate. Never anything but good ol' BP through this one. Cleanup is easier then the .44 flattop to boot.

I toyed with the idea of a conversion cylinder, but no point as I already gave a .45 colt NM Blackhawk too.

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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.
I'm a Kirst Conversion Guy. I have a nice gun belt, and is has two cylinder pouches. One for the spare Kirst cylinder that I bought, and it's loaded up with bullets 6 through 12. The second pouch is for my Ruger cylinder, packed full of Pyrodex, Round Ball, and Crisco. Of course, I don't shoot it, but that's what I would pack it with if I needed that rig. That's for charges 13 through 18. We have LOTS of coyotes around here. When I walk my Golden Retreiver on a moonlit night they bark and howl at us, so I usually pack my Colt .45 auto, but if I were feeling adventurous, I would pack my Old Army rig.
Just because we have fun with cartridges doesn't mean that We don't know how to shoot black powder, or cast round ball. I enjoy shooting black powder in my Walker Colt.
I've never shot my Dad's Old Army in 37 years since He passed away, but with my Kirst set up, it's ready.
Also, look into Belt Mountain items for Your Old army.

Also, stainless will still rust with real black powder. The Salt Peter will leave nice little rust spots, so be sure that it's clean if You lay it on your pistol rug. I had a friend that learned this the hard way. He layed it on the case while he was shooting it. Then he cleaned it and zipped up the rug for about three months. When he opened it up, his Stainless Old Army had freckles, and every one was a pit. He spent about a day with a buffing wheel polishing the gun. It looks nice all shiny and all, but it's blinding on a sunny day.

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With the kirst konverter cylinder you can shoot up to 1000 fps and according to kirst that includes any factory rounds.
Another thing is that with the Ruger, and no other old army, you can use jacketed bullets because Ruger made this gun with the same manufacturing process and steel as the Blackhawk. The barrel and rifling are virtually the same. This information per the pistol smith that helped develop this gun for Ruger.
Kirst indicated that shooting jacketed bullets in old army replicas will pre-maturely shoot out the barrel , but not so in the Ruger.
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I de-bated (but not long ) myself on a conversion cylinder, but came to the same conclusion as above... I already have a bunch of .45 Colt revolvers if I want to shoot smokeless loads... Let the ROA be what it was meant to be ... A cap&ball BP revolver .

As for shooting jacketed bullets, well, that's a personal choice. I don't feel (or heard) there is a good enough reason to shoot expensive jacketed bullets (In revolvers).... So I don't.
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I picked mine up on TGT for $400.00 but it's no where near as clean as your's. No box for mine either. Congrats on a great find, enjoy as it was meat to be and also as you desire. As for myself, I am ever on the prowl for my second ROA in stainless
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May be a dumb question, but one I've been curious about: can you load it with round nose cast bullets? I understand you load BP revolvers with a slightly oversized ball and kinda shave a lead ring when doing so, to get a good seal in the chambers, correct? So does that make it too hard to load round nose, or is it not done for some other reason, or what? What's the consensus on that?

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May be a dumb question, but one I've been curious about: can you load it with round nose cast bullets? I understand you load BP revolvers with a slightly oversized ball and kinda shave a lead ring when doing so, to get a good seal in the chambers, correct? So does that make it too hard to load round nose, or is it not done for some other reason, or what? What's the consensus on that?
If you don't want to use .457" pure lead round ball, you can shoot special 'conical' bullets. They are not just round nose hard cast bullets, as used in centerfire cartridges. Conical bullets should be cast from pure lead. Many conical bullets have a rebated (= smaller) base band for easier insertion into the chamber. Lee makes a mold for a pretty decent .456" 220 gr conical for the ROA.
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Neato!
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