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PostSubject: Ruger Old Army   September 16th 2014, 11:17 am

Got me a ROA in 'like new' condition cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Ruger Old Army   September 16th 2014, 11:32 am

How about a pic or 2  Question Question Question  

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PostSubject: Re: Ruger Old Army   September 16th 2014, 11:49 am

What do they go for over there? The going rate here is $350-$500.

A guy in France or Belgium got one for $225 and said that's all they can get there. Wish I could import some from there. (Maybe he was talking euros though.)

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PostSubject: Re: Ruger Old Army   September 16th 2014, 12:06 pm

I got it for $550...not here though , i'll have it at the end of the month
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PostSubject: Re: Ruger Old Army   September 23rd 2014, 7:16 pm

Nice find!

Is it the shorter 5.5" version or the 7.5" version? Adjustable sights or fixed? 

I;m not sure how it would work out for you, but you can contact Ruger for an old model .45 Blackhawk from sight free of charge if you intend on shooting bullets instead of ball.

There's also a company in TX that sells aftermarket cylinders that hold 5-10 grns more powder than factory. They are called ClassicBallistix if you're interested.
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PostSubject: Re: Ruger Old Army   September 24th 2014, 12:02 am

It's the blue 7.5" version with adjustable sights.

I will most certainly look into that cylinder with increased powder capacity rodwha....
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PostSubject: Re: Ruger Old Army   September 24th 2014, 6:30 am

Spit, I have one of those ClassicBallistx cylinders and the tolerances are much better than Ruger factory cylinders.  I can force 35 gr. of 3F and a 255 gr. cast SWC bullet into a chamber. I could probably get another 3-4 gr. in if I eliminated the thin wad I use between powder and bullet.

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PostSubject: Re: Ruger Old Army   September 24th 2014, 8:36 am

Bob i'll use RB ...that way I can cram a few more grains of powder in there
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PostSubject: Re: Ruger Old Army   September 24th 2014, 10:03 am

You'll be able to get over 40 in a ClassicBallistx but less in the Ruger cylinder.

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PostSubject: Re: Ruger Old Army   September 24th 2014, 11:57 am

That 40gr should get a ball going real nicely !
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PostSubject: Re: Ruger Old Army   October 28th 2014, 1:46 pm

If one is interested in match accuracy for target shooting gatherings rather than max velocity/energy, measure 18 grains of Swiss or Scheutzen (German) black powder, add cream of wheat up to a little less than 1/4" below cylinder mouth, then load the .457 RB, then axle grease on top of the ball.

25 yards one hand/offhand with a Ruger Old Army .44 "Dragoon" Model made in 1975 (in production 1973-75)

I read a lot about maximum velocity/energy and max loads here on the forum, and its worth doing, especially for taking game. I just wanted to show performance on the "other side of the coin".Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Ruger Old Army   November 5th 2014, 9:21 am

Love your trigger guard D!
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PostSubject: Re: Ruger Old Army   November 5th 2014, 10:21 am

You might not when you see how it bangs up your finger. I never could shoot that style of trigger guard. I have sort of big paws though.

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PostSubject: Re: Ruger Old Army   November 5th 2014, 1:10 pm

I have smaller hands. 

But I love the way it looks, and figured if I ever bought a Dragoon I'd get the 1st or 2nd model so as to have that trigger guard. However, I do not see a need for one as I'd much prefer a Walker.
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PostSubject: Re: Ruger Old Army   May 30th 2015, 1:25 pm

rodwha wrote:
I have smaller hands. 

But I love the way it looks, and figured if I ever bought a Dragoon I'd get the 1st or 2nd model so as to have that trigger guard. However, I do not see a need for one as I'd much prefer a Walker.
Carry and fire a Walker for any length of time, and you'll discover the irresistible charm of the Dragoon. Compared to the ROA, you're still gonna be able to stuff more powder into the Dragoon, even though best accuracy with lighter loads still gives you plenty of punch.
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