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PostSubject: Pietta 1858 Brass/Buffalo .44 Revolver ?   January 24th 2014, 3:06 pm

Hey guys I was looking at possibly purchasing a brass frame  Pietta 1858 Buffalo .44 revolver, 12 inch barrel and wondered if any body who has owned one or shot one could give me insight on these guns, pros or cons. Cabelas has them on sale. I'm looking for something to plink with and possibly take a deer within close range, 35 yards or less. I realize I can not load them with as much powder as a steel frame, at least that's what I've heard. There is a guy from Africa, on youtube, that uses one for shooting some African game, impala, etc. Thanks for the help.
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PostSubject: Re: Pietta 1858 Brass/Buffalo .44 Revolver ?   January 24th 2014, 8:18 pm

I'd like to see a link to that video.

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PostSubject: Re: Pietta 1858 Brass/Buffalo .44 Revolver ?   January 24th 2014, 9:50 pm

Hey Pete, here is a link of a impala kill on youtube. I think they got some other video hunts with the Buffalo .44 on their youtube channel. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXyEic36XyM
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PostSubject: Re: Pietta 1858 Brass/Buffalo .44 Revolver ?   January 24th 2014, 11:33 pm

I have one with an 8" barrel and it is super accurate , so that 12" barrelled gun will be a blast as well !
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PostSubject: Re: Pietta 1858 Brass/Buffalo .44 Revolver ?   January 25th 2014, 9:17 am

Make sure it's legal in your state.

It doesn't meet the energy requirements in my state for big game.

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PostSubject: Re: Pietta 1858 Brass/Buffalo .44 Revolver ?   January 25th 2014, 10:45 am

In MO I think the law reads you can use a cap n ball revolver of .40 or above. I would have to double check before using though. Cabelas has them on sale at $199 right now. Not sure about getting one yet, it's tempting though,lol.
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PostSubject: Re: Pietta 1858 Brass/Buffalo .44 Revolver ?   January 25th 2014, 11:23 am

A 12" barrel can get awfully cumbersome on a single-action pistol. Something in a 6"-8" would be easier to carry in a holster and handle in the field.

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PostSubject: Re: Pietta 1858 Brass/Buffalo .44 Revolver ?   January 25th 2014, 11:31 am

Even the 8" can be a pain to carry around.
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PostSubject: Re: Pietta 1858 Brass/Buffalo .44 Revolver ?   January 25th 2014, 11:45 am

You must really have a hard time with rifles.  Very Happy 

In the civil war the north carried the 8" Colt 1860, and a rifle.

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PostSubject: Re: Pietta 1858 Brass/Buffalo .44 Revolver ?   January 25th 2014, 3:54 pm

Yeah, 12 in. Barrel is Long. They've got adjustable rear sights on that one.
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PostSubject: Re: Pietta 1858 Brass/Buffalo .44 Revolver ?   January 25th 2014, 9:53 pm

Yeah Pete I'm so short when I sling a rifle the butt drags in the sand  Wink 

What I meant was that when you carry that long handgun on your hip it gets in the way when you get in and out of a vehicle a lot, in a shoulder rig it carries a lot better though.
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PostSubject: Re: Pietta 1858 Brass/Buffalo .44 Revolver ?   January 26th 2014, 8:49 am

I wore two of them in CAS, but I didn't wear them in the Jeep.

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PostSubject: Re: Pietta 1858 Brass/Buffalo .44 Revolver ?   January 27th 2014, 12:54 pm

I carry mine a lot for protection against nasty's lurking in the long grass.
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PostSubject: Re: Pietta 1858 Brass/Buffalo .44 Revolver ?   January 27th 2014, 12:57 pm

The two legged type?

A double barrel shotgun might be more effective.   Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Pietta 1858 Brass/Buffalo .44 Revolver ?   January 27th 2014, 1:04 pm

Yeah the two legged type usually gets motivated by the shotgun but the slithering types get .44 or .36 lead to weigh them down.
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PostSubject: Re: Pietta 1858 Brass/Buffalo .44 Revolver ?   February 2nd 2014, 1:46 pm

I didn't end-up getting the Buffalo revolver but was tempted to. I decided a 12 in. Barrel may be a little long, not real practical carrying in the woods.  Plus I figured I'll eventually get a steel frame one down the road. I've heard they hold up a little better.
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PostSubject: Re: Pietta 1858 Brass/Buffalo .44 Revolver ?   February 2nd 2014, 1:48 pm

I think that's a wise decision.

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PostSubject: Re: Pietta 1858 Brass/Buffalo .44 Revolver ?   February 2nd 2014, 9:42 pm

Ditto , but I think with sensible loads the brass framed ones will last very long.
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PostSubject: Re: Pietta 1858 Brass/Buffalo .44 Revolver ?   February 4th 2014, 12:03 am

Thanks guys for your insight, appreciate it! I looked at a brass 1851 Pietta Colt Navy and steel 1858 Pietta Remington recently. I noticed the Colt felt a little better in the hand but the Remington has that top steel strap above the cylinder that makes it more solid it appears. The guy said the 1851 Colt Navy are tougher to take apart and load. Just curious, do you guys prefer shooting the Colt style or Remington?
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PostSubject: Re: Pietta 1858 Brass/Buffalo .44 Revolver ?   February 4th 2014, 12:27 am

Cabelas has the Colts on sale right now for around $150.

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PostSubject: Re: Pietta 1858 Brass/Buffalo .44 Revolver ?   February 4th 2014, 7:39 am

I have 2 Colts and the .36 Navy is the most problematic. I don't have a Remington but have its big brother, a Ruger Old Army. That gun is tops.

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PostSubject: Re: Pietta 1858 Brass/Buffalo .44 Revolver ?   February 4th 2014, 8:02 am

I like them all , have a .44 &.36 Colt and a .44 Remington.
The Remington will be easier to load fast with a spare cylinder as it strips real easy.
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PostSubject: Re: Pietta 1858 Brass/Buffalo .44 Revolver ?   February 4th 2014, 8:54 am

So does the Colt when the wedge is fitted properly. It can be pushed in and out with just thumb pressure. Actually I find it easier than the Remington, because the pin in the Remington sticks with powder fouling.

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PostSubject: Re: Pietta 1858 Brass/Buffalo .44 Revolver ?   February 4th 2014, 10:17 am

Have not tried loading the Colt with a spare cylinder but will see if I can find one and try it.
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PostSubject: Re: Pietta 1858 Brass/Buffalo .44 Revolver ?   February 4th 2014, 10:35 am

In CAS I used a custom made cylinder loader. It was well made, and all aluminum. Very easy to pop out the cylinders, and load them on the loader. I could both guns in the time it takes to load just one cylinder in the gun. Maybe even faster than that. With the cylinder out it was also easy to run a patch down the bore., and run a pick through the nipples.

When trying to shoot as fast as possible in the event. Reliability was important. I tried to eliminate all the areas that might give me a slow, or misfire.

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