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Old December 22nd, 2019, 03:30 AM   #1
 
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Old Army purchase?

I sold all my black powder guns years ago, but would like to get back into a black powder revolver, possibly with a conversion cylinder. I've noticed that the Old Armys are quite high right now, but they do seem to fluctuate in price. Roughly speaking, it seems a used Old Army is about $150-200 more than a new Uberti 1858. Is the price difference worth it? What about parts in the future? Can you still find a decent Old Army for under $500? Thanks for any input, and have a Merry Christmas.



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The old army is not in production so fixed supply and rising demand means higher prices. Ubertis are still in production.
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I don't mean to prejudice you in any way, but I think my Old Army is the prettiest gun I own.

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That is a pretty firearm.
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caryc, That's a beautiful ROA! I'm kind of partial to my "brassie" ROA, Made in 1973 and it still hasn't been fired. I have a letter of authenticity from Ruger that verifies the brass grip frame.

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Two beautiful SA revolvers caryc & lowegan.
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The Ruger is much stronger and also takes a bigger powder charge if desired. Of course, the Walker Uberti will take even more powder. I also have a Pietta 1858 and it is also good. I rarely use any of them, but not their fault.
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What about parts in the future?



As others have pointed out...the ROA is out of production....and parts can be hard to find...so consider this....I have a 7.5 SS ROA that I bought new in 1974...I have shot it continuously.....thousands...thousands....of rounds...and have NOT needed any parts replacement...NONE...and since 1974....I have added the 7.5 blue....a 5.5 blue...a 5.5 SS...and have shot those thousands of times....and not one needed a replacement part....

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Got a wild hair up you know where last night and decided that I would darken this set of elk antler grips. So, I did the coffee soak thing. Put three heaping tablespoons into a small sauce pan of water and brought it to a boil. Then I strained it to get the grounds out and let it cool to the point you could comfortably drink a cup of coffee.

I hung them on wire so they could soak on all sides and let them soak about ten minutes. I removed them a couple times to judge how dark they were getting. But they soaked for about ten minutes. I then buried them in table salt and left them overnight. I wanted to get the moisture out of them quickly to prevent warping.

What you see in the pictures is the result. Also a pic on a blued gun. I included the original again for comparison.






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Very nice.
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