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Gunsmithing/Tuning/Parts & Repairs / cylinder over rotating
« on: October 05, 2014, 08:40:33 AM »
1st model Dragoon,
when you cock the hammer with any vigor the cylinder tends to over rotate past the next chamber
not every time but often enough to be annoying, it is fine when you cock it slowly
is this common with oval bolt Walkers and early dragoons?
there is quite a bit of rearward hammer travel left after lockup should occur, allowing the hand to continue rotating the cylinder if the bolt does not drop into the notch
also the bolt does not appear to have very much engagement into the cylinder notch, it protrudes approximately 30-35 thou above the frame, and the notches in the cylinder measure 60 thousands deep, it looks as though someone filed down the bolt for some reason and when it is at half cock the bolt is approx 40 thou below the opening in the frame, cylinder to frame gap when assembled is 6-8 thou with a feeler gauge
my thought is to fit a new bolt, and/or attempt to limit the hammer travel, any thoughts?

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Walkers & Dragoons / ASM 1st model Dragoon
« on: September 29, 2014, 02:54:39 PM »
saw it in a local shop, don't know much about ASM, just that they are out of business,
date code makes it 1980, neat thing is the Colt address on top of the barrel,
and black powder ASM on the side, looks to have been shot some but it is in nice clean condition
they are asking $285 (but will take a reasonable offer) should I just wait and get a Walker, (I really want a Walker)

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Walkers & Dragoons / used 2nd model dragoon, tempting
« on: May 06, 2014, 05:48:43 PM »
asking $280 in like new condition, looks like it has never been fired, i am tempted, but broke  :'(
it's a Uberti, and I can pick up a new Uberti Walker for $350 out the door of a local shop,
must resist urge to impulse buy new revolver, if it is still there on Fri, I am a goner

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Army Models / what's it take to shoot an 1860 army loose?
« on: March 30, 2014, 08:20:51 PM »
I sold a friend my Pietta 1860 steel frame 44 revolver, (I got it used)
and it broke after a couple hundred rounds, he was using .454 and .457 round balls and 30gr-35gr of FFFg
the arbor became loose and eventually broke when the front half of the gun went flying down range  :o
just how durable are open top Colts? are the modern Italian copies stronger or weaker than the original's?

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Colt Automatics / my pair of 1917 colt 45 auto's
« on: March 24, 2014, 07:11:21 PM »
top one is a USGI that has had the property marks removed and been reblued
I dont shoot it much due to the untempered slide, and when I do it is usually with mild loads
185gr or 200gr and trailboss, cycles fine and doesnt hurt the soft slide
or I top it with a Ceiner 22LR kit and shoot it till the sun goes down (or I get hungry)
the bottom one is a Government Model that someone converted to 1911A1 spec and parkerized,
it has an arched ribbed mainspring housing, short ribbed trigger, and post war (aprox 1946 - 1948)
tempered and heat treated modern "hard" slide, so it is my fake GI shooter,
only thing I changed was to replace the 1917 barrel with a new semi drop in from Colt
not much collector value on either of them, and that is just fine with me, (and I got em cheap enough)

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Motorcycles / couple RAT Harleys
« on: March 24, 2014, 05:00:24 PM »
1966 Harley XLCH 900 iron head sporty
just after I rebuilt it due too getting totaled by a drunk kid in an SUV

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