Anyone care to hazard a guess as to what the cheapest Colt on the market is?
(And no, I'm not talking about my twelve dollar Dragoon.... )
I'm talking everyday, plain tee-and-jeans Colt repro.
C'mon, you know this one....think!http://www.armslist.com/posts/6130790/columbia-south-carolina-muzzle-loaders-for-sale--pietta-1851-navy--44-caliberhttp://www.armslist.com/posts/6024669/seattle-washington-muzzle-loaders-for-sale--f-lli-pietta-44-cal-made-in-italy-cap-and-ball
Yep. The ubiquitous, "never-was", oft maligned and frowned/spat-upon Pietta 1851 "Confederate Navy", in cal. .44, neither of which ever existed, and his bastard half-brother, the "Confederate Army".
As shown in the two links above, they can often be had for $100.00 or less.
But, if you DO acquire one, what do you do with it? That, my friends and cohorts, is the question.
a) Shoot "squib loads" in it...25gr max, preferably less, and be satisfied with it?
b) Keep it for a nice, shiny conversation piece, doorstop, paperweight, spare boat anchor or a sexy tack hammer?
c) Relegate it to target/precision shooting using cornmeal or Cream Of Wheat to fill the chambers "Just So" for the perfect accuracy load?
d) Begin shopping immediately for a steel frame to swap out?
e) Come up with a mod to strengthen and reduce the effects of recoil shield battering, arbor thread stretch, and frame metallurgical fatigue?
I pose these questions seeking a real solution. There are literally hundreds
of these things out there each week on the auction sites whose owners have faced the bleak reality that they got sold a bill of goods when they bought one from Cabela's or Bass pro for $359.00 (starter kit included!!!) and have resigned themselves to taking whatever they can get (even if it means turning it into the "hunnert-dolla brasser"
we know and love so well).
There has to...HAS TO!!!.....be a solution to this, an answer to the question, "Well...I got it. Now what do I do with it?"
The wheels are spinning...smoke is coming outta my ears...
....but I've got nuthin'.
All you sharp, mechanical-minded folks; let's find a solution! The world is waiting!