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Offline sourdough

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Ruger Old Army
« on: April 28, 2020, 11:56:28 AM »
I don't own one, but I found these photos on another forum. Very interesting project that someone undertook. Comments?



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Re: Ruger Old Army
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2020, 12:20:28 PM »
Comments?


Good Lord!  Whot?

If those OA's handled worth a damn they'd be pretty cool guns.
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Re: Ruger Old Army
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2020, 12:31:44 PM »
All I can say is to ask why?
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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2020, 01:24:26 PM »
I don't understand. Why has the cylinder been basically cut in half? I get the other mods, purely aesthetic. But the cylinder has me scratching my head.

Once upon a time, I owned a ROA. It was from the 70's. It had the standard length barrel and of course the adjustable target sights. I hated the thing, and for much the same reason I don't care for Remmies. And now, they are at least twice as expensive as our Italian guns, if not more. I've seen them selling for $1000. Funny thing is, back in the 80's when I got mine, they were cheap because no one wanted them. Hell, Ruger even quit making them.
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Re: Ruger Old Army
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2020, 04:32:52 PM »
I don't understand. Why has the cylinder been basically cut in half? I get the other mods, purely aesthetic. But the cylinder has me scratching my head.

My guess is somebody really likes mouse fart loads.
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Re: Ruger Old Army
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2020, 04:42:26 PM »
I don't understand. Why has the cylinder been basically cut in half? I get the other mods, purely aesthetic. But the cylinder has me scratching my head.

My guess is somebody really likes mouse fart loads.

Right?

Maybe it's a high end gallery gun now?
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Re: Ruger Old Army
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2020, 04:47:25 PM »
Don't have to destroy a nice gun just to get some mouse farts.  There are better and easier ways to get those if that's what a guy is into.  I just don't understand the thinking behind that modification.  It's a mystery.
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Re: Ruger Old Army
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2020, 04:49:43 PM »
Don't have to destroy a nice gun just to get some mouse farts.  There are better and easier ways to get those if that's what a guy is into.  I just don't understand the thinking behind that modification.  It's a mystery.

My guess is competition paper punching. At least it was just a Ruger and they didn't butcher a Colt or a Remington
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Re: Ruger Old Army
« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2020, 05:49:58 PM »
I waited to see all of your observations. I believe it was created by someone wanting a light hammer (for whatever reason) and was created for a certain SASS shooting event, possibly on horseback for whatever events they hold. I am not a SASS member and never will be because I think those wannabe cowboys are in a universe all to themselves.

I still think it is a work of art to create such an anomaly, and it appears to be well done. I am looking at the craftsmanship and not the reason why.

I want to use a shortened Pietta Pepperbox cylinder and modify a Pietta 1851 Navy barrel lug/forcing cone to create a anomalous long cylinder Pietta 1851 Navy .36 Dragoon. It will look very strange, won't be historical, but it will most likely be one of a kind. Just have to come up with the money, the cylinder, and someone to do it. Gary is amenable to doing it http://www.cartridgeconversion.com/ but I still have to come up with a revolver and a cylinder for the project, and the money as it won't be cheap.

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« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2020, 06:13:45 PM »
Yep, it’s a well done job.  Nothing ‘bubba’ about it.  That hammer is nicely tricked.  Still though, a ROA would be about my last choice for mounted shooting.  Gotta have a plow handle 1860 to do that with any degree of style.

 
I am not a SASS member and never will be because I think those wannabe cowboys are in a universe all to themselves.

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Re: Ruger Old Army
« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2020, 06:48:12 PM »
I was a SASS member for awhile and they do have their elitist snobs but by and large they're some of the friendliest and most helpful guys in any shooting event. I don't like the way they do a lot of things and some of the rules about what kind of guns can be used are a little ridiculous and contradictory. SASS would never allow that to be used in any category.
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Re: Ruger Old Army
« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2020, 07:00:56 PM »
Comments? It is his gun, that is what he wanted to do, and he (or someone) did a good job. Turned the cylinder down, turned the barrel and threaded and timed it, relocated the loading lever latch, etc. The ROA might not be a true representation of any PC gun, but I sure like to shoot mine.

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Re: Ruger Old Army
« Reply #12 on: April 29, 2020, 02:25:58 AM »
Hey Guys,

Here's another one which blew me away,

http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?398531-Custom-old-army

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Re: Ruger Old Army
« Reply #13 on: April 29, 2020, 03:57:31 AM »
Erm.....................NO !

That cylinder is wrong on so many levels !

Here's mine, this is what it SHOULD look like. I recently paid 400€ for it.

But that .50 cal gun................WOW !

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Re: Ruger Old Army
« Reply #14 on: April 29, 2020, 11:39:38 AM »
I have seen that 50 caliber ROA before. Seems it cost almost $2000 to do just the work plus the gun.