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Pietta 1860 Old Silver
« on: June 08, 2018, 07:40:40 AM »
Hi, I recently took advantage of Cabelas $50 off and free shipping to purchase a Pietta 1860 Army Old Silver:

https://www.cabelas.com/product/PIETTA-OLD-SILVER-CAL-BP-REVOLVER/2359035.uts?slotId=4

The revolver arrived today and I must admit it is beautiful, all that highly polished steel. Other than one exception the revolver is perfect, timing, fit and finish. However, I suspect that the front sight was staked in backwards. That may not be much of a problem in that I will probably install a dovetail front sight so poi=poa with .45 Colt in conversion cylinders. I have an 1860 Howell stainless steel .45 Colt conversion cylinder that should look good on this shiny gun.

The new Pietta 1860 Army Old Silver:





This revolver will get an action job, reduced power spring, and a new front sight. This revolver may just be too pretty to shoot? Not!!

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Richard
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Re: Pietta 1860 Old Silver
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2018, 01:25:57 PM »
Congratulations on the new one.  I've lost track on the count of your repros but it must be close to fifty by now.  The more one has - the bigger the party. That's axiomatic.   Your latest looks pretty shiny and down to the white.  I have never examined an "old silver" mod but was expecting something with a little more gray to it. Do those show any gray patina tone or remnant of partial blue? 

If you were not going to use a conversion cylinder on that Army would you still replace the stock main spring for something lighter?



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Re: Pietta 1860 Old Silver
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2018, 03:33:20 PM »
Hi G Dog, the old silver looks like the gun was chromed. Pietta also sells some of their revolvers with an "old west" finish that is dull looking aged.

If I was just going to limit the revolver to C&B I would leave in the original spring. The reduced power spring in Colts with a reduced power spring sometimes has cap ignition failures.

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Richard
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Re: Pietta 1860 Old Silver
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2018, 05:54:42 PM »
Gorgeous pistol......
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Re: Pietta 1860 Old Silver
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2018, 09:44:24 AM »
Hi, the Pietta 1860 Army Old Silver was torn down and slicked up. A reduced power spring was installed. As with all Pietta 1860s the hand had to be shortened a little to allow the bolt to drop before the conversion cylinder rotates. Uberti's don't seem to have that issue. The timing with both the conversion cylinder and C&B cylinder is very good. The cylinder to barrel gap with the wedge hammered in hard is 0.003".

I thought I had a stainless steel .45 Colt conversion cylinder to use with this revolver. Unfortunately that cylinder is for the Uberti 1860. Since I already have two blued .45 Colt conversion cylinders, getting another in stainless seems economically wasteful. This is the Old Silver with .45 Colt conversion cylinder:



I will shoot the revolver with the original sight to see where it prints before doing the dovetail front sight.

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Richard
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Re: Pietta 1860 Old Silver
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2018, 08:26:57 PM »
Fine looking 60 Richard. Would like to have that finish myself.

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Re: Pietta 1860 Old Silver
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2018, 08:08:40 AM »
Hi, I shot the Old Silver with .45 Colt today. The revolver grouped well at 25yds, but shot ~10" high. There were no other shooting issues with this revolver. I will put a tall dovetail front sight on this revolver on the next rainy day. I like using the nice days for blasting steel.

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Richard
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Re: Pietta 1860 Old Silver
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2018, 08:25:34 PM »
Nice looking gun, congrats.

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Re: Pietta 1860 Old Silver
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2018, 06:00:04 AM »
Hi, why wait for a rainy day to put on a dovetail sight when it only takes ~1/2 hour. This is the Old Silver with dovetail front sight:





The front sight will be filed down to have poi=poa @25yds using .45 Colt.

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Richard
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Re: Pietta 1860 Old Silver
« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2018, 07:04:01 AM »
Hi, the 1860 Old Silver was sighted in today using .45 Colt and creating a poi=poa @25yds. The revolver after sighting in:



This Old Silver 1860 is an accurate revolver that groups very well.

This photo was taken with my new iphone SE. Both my wife and I have moved into the 21st century and we both own iphone SEs. The only cell phone we owned before was an old flip phone. I must admit to missing being in a crowd where everyone is standing looking at their smartphones and I flip out my own flip phone. They look at me as if I was a dinosaur, I loved it.

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Richard 
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Re: Pietta 1860 Old Silver
« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2018, 11:15:51 AM »
Looks real good, Richard. I still don't have a smartphone. I have an old Blackberry style, I guess it's in between a flip phone and a smartphone.

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Re: Pietta 1860 Old Silver
« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2018, 04:31:17 PM »

I thought I had a stainless steel .45 Colt conversion cylinder to use with this revolver. Unfortunately that cylinder is for the Uberti 1860. Since I already have two blued .45 Colt conversion cylinders, getting another in stainless seems economically wasteful. This is the Old Silver with .45 Colt conversion cylinder:

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Regards,
Richard

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