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Should I refurb this thing or leave the worn look?

Make it shoot and leave it worn & weathered
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Clean it up and refurb/re-blue
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Refurb or Leave it be?
« on: January 05, 2018, 07:52:27 PM »
Now, I know we all have our own tastes and preferences regarding looks when it comes to BP revolvers. Most of you recall when I got my (second) 2nd Dragoon from Kry, that I decided to keep it exactly as it was...warts and all. And already having a pristine Uberti 2nd, I do not regret that decision one bit.
But now I find myself in a like situation; the ASM Walker I got (also from Kry, big nod to The Man for that!) looks much the same...well worn, used...in short, like a Walker that survived the day would probably look. It's obvious this one is gonna need a wee bit of tweaking. So the question is;

*Do I refurb this thing, refinish etc or leave it looking as-is with a few minor tweaks?"*

It needs a new set of nipples and the loading lever screw is missing; that much I know already. The wedge needed some filing, smoothing and blending and the metal was kinda pooched behind the wedge slot, so I cold-worked it a little with a ball peen but that's it so far. I've cleaned the barrel bore and cylinder but that's about it; haven't even gutted it yet. So, the question remains, what would YOU do? Bear in mind this is the only Walker I have and I want it to be a shooter, not a safe queen. I could do Oxpho Blue or let the natural rust patina stay. I'm really torn on this one...

The Walker, as-is...



Pooched area around wedge slot...



Missing ram screw...



Missing nipples



Right now the barrel is pretty much devoid of any finish except patina. I kinda like it.



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Re: Refurb or Leave it be?
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2018, 08:34:09 PM »
Easy choice for me....  make it shootable and leave the finish "warts and all" alone for now.  I kinda like the honest, used look it has now.   If you tire of the patina it has developed later you can always refinish it then.   In the mean time you have a Walker that any Hollywood armorer would be proud to use in the next Epic Western movie he works on.
It would look great in a custom made "Gus McCrae" style crossdraw holster.....  just sayin.

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Re: Refurb or Leave it be?
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2018, 10:17:39 PM »
Leave it it looks good.
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Re: Refurb or Leave it be?
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2018, 07:37:16 AM »
Leave it and enjoy it!

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Re: Refurb or Leave it be?
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2018, 09:02:30 AM »
Get that stinking wire off of there!  *6'

Just leave it like it is and let your hands and shooting age it up.  L@.

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Re: Refurb or Leave it be?
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2018, 09:05:01 AM »
Absolutely leave it as is, that continues it's silent history. :-*
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Re: Refurb or Leave it be?
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2018, 09:39:12 AM »
Yep, leave that one like it is. I have done some minor refinish work on a few that were similar, but only because some dolt had a go at it befor I took possession. And then again, if you mess with this rehab stuff long enough, you can get good at it and do some refurb work only to certain areas that need it and do it in such a subtle manner that it does not look obvious. I did such a thing to my Tucker & Sherrard and it does not look refinished.

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Re: Refurb or Leave it be?
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2018, 10:29:33 AM »
Get that stinking wire off of there!  *6'

Just leave it like it is and let your hands and shooting age it up.  L@.
Yeah, what is that wire doing there????

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Re: Refurb or Leave it be?
« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2018, 11:10:17 AM »
Hi Kirk, I would leave it as is. Get the replacement screw and enjoy a piece of history. Don't replace the nipples with Slix-Shot, they are too long. If the cylinder nipple threads are screwed up, check out this thread:

http://blackpowdersmoke.com/colt/index.php/topic,1412.msg16001.html#msg16001

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Re: Refurb or Leave it be?
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2018, 12:19:26 PM »
I voted with the rest; leave this one as-is after cleaning and replacing missing parts.

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Re: Refurb or Leave it be?
« Reply #10 on: January 06, 2018, 12:42:01 PM »
That's a good looking piece.  I'd fix the problems and run with it looking just like that.

Is that a sight back by the forcing cone?

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Re: Refurb or Leave it be?
« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2018, 09:44:50 PM »
That's a good looking piece.  I'd fix the problems and run with it looking just like that.

Is that a sight back by the forcing cone?
Yes, that's a rear sight on a dovetail.
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Re: Refurb or Leave it be?
« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2018, 08:34:04 PM »
Well, you guys pretty much unanimously backed up the way I was leaning. Stay it shall. Mike, we mebbe need to talk about that McCrae thing a little more...
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Re: Refurb or Leave it be?
« Reply #13 on: January 07, 2018, 09:47:45 PM »
Yep, leave it! And, I like the pressure ridge on the cyl! Nice touch!!

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Re: Refurb or Leave it be?
« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2018, 09:21:22 PM »
Well...
I was hoping to find original ASM nipples from Deer Creek, however on visiting their new website, it's apparent that their ASM stock doesn't include any horse pistols.
What would be the best (closest to original) replacement nipple for this gun? I shoot #10 Remington caps on all my Dragoons and the rest as well. The ball seater screw I can probably get anywhere.
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