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Old 07-26-2018, 10:03 AM
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Picked this up online from a Cabelas recently. The price was right and from what the guy on the phone was telling me it sounded mechanically sound. I was very pleased when I received it. It looked better than the online pictures. It's tight with really nice bright chambers and bore with very minimal pitting anywhere. Well cared for but used revolver. I sent off my archive letter request to Roy last week. I'm selling my more worn 6.5" DA Frontier .44-40 to offset my investment. I'll post some last pics of it here before it sells which should be later today when the auction ends.
I also have ordered some Buffalo Arms black powder loaded .44 Russians so I can put a few rounds downrange. I always wanted one of these with the 4" barrel. They just look "right" to me.







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Oh while I'm here, does anyone have a top latch and the other parts related to the latch? I have a spare barrel for one of these revolvers that is missing those parts. I'd like to cut that spare barrel down into an extra snub nose barrel for this gun.
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twaits,

I used to own a cousin to your gun, back when 44 Russian brass was not readily available. I cut down 44 Special cases (Remington if I remember correctly) and loaded a soft 246g RNL bullet over something like 28g of black powder. I chronographed it back then (early 1990s) but can't find the results right now. I'm pretty sure it was 700+ fps.

My gun worked fine except the DA trigger pull was so heavy it made accuracy quite variable. In SA it shot fine. Hope you enjoy those BP loads.

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Oh while I'm here, does anyone have a top latch and the other parts related to the latch? I have a spare barrel for one of these revolvers that is missing those parts. I'd like to cut that spare barrel down into an extra snub nose barrel for this gun.
I have a latch assembly for a NM #3------assuming it's the same. It's blue, and essentially as new---unnumbered as I recall. I do not have a barrel catch cam nor it's spring.

The bad news (from your perspective) is it's a target assembly, and it's expensive----or at least I thought it was when I bought it--------$200 (my cost).

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I shot the gun this weekend with Buffalo Arms black powder .44 Russian ammo. It was a great deal of fun. The only issue I had was in DA. If the trigger was pulled fast with it loaded it would throw by. Dry firing on empty cases would not. So the inertia of the loaded rounds throws the cylinder past the stops. Probably the stop spring is weakened after 130 years or so. Pulling the trigger slowly I had no malfunctions.

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Nice gun.

I also have a 4" , but it was blue now a bit brown. I have some brass for mine. Around here there is quite a bit of cowboy action shooting and when I picked mine up at FFL he had a box of 44 Russians> Off to the range I went right from the FFL after checking the gun out. Mine function fine, but the DA was awful heavy.
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Got the archive letter on this today. Only took a couple of weeks. As with a lot of old S&Ws it was shipped to MW Robinson in NYC. Nothing earth shattering there but I love the ship date of 8/8/1888.
Jack The Ripper was stalking the streets of Whitechapel London when this gun was shipped. That very month in fact.

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