New toy arrived: Cimarron/Uberti 1873 7th Cavalry revolver

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by Big Mak, Jan 4, 2017.

  1. sharps4590

    sharps4590 Well-Known Member

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    Jim, if he doesn't love it there's something terribly amiss....:D

    My first big bore revolver was a Ruger SBH and I shot it for a few years and killed a couple deer with it. Sometime in the early 80's I think, I picked up a Colt SAA clone in 45 Colt. Wasn't long the 44 Mag. went down the road and the 45 has been my "big bore of choice" ever since. I like the 44 Spl. too but it doesn't share the same history as the ol' hogleg cartridge. Then about 2000 or 2001 I picked up a Freedom Arms Mod. 97 in 45 Colt. If I need horsepower in a handgun it has the capability.
     
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  2. Big Mak

    Big Mak Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Sharps, I have a little regret now not getting the Winchester 94 in 45 Colt (as we were discussing in PMs back a few months ago when trying to decide) but the 38/55 sure has been fun.

    We had a WAGUNS.NET reunion on Jan 1st, an annual tradition, at the Evergreen Sportsman Club and naturally I brought the black powder cartridge rifles with.

    My first six shots at 100 yard shots with the Winchester 94 in 38-55 reported a nice crisp clear "GONG" on one of the 12" steel targets. The feller next to me looked at me in astonishment and said "Nice shooting John Wayne" LOL! I gave the rifle all the credit. :)
     

  3. ral357

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    WOW that thing is almost too purdy to shoot.........almost. Feeling jealous:p
     
  4. sharps4590

    sharps4590 Well-Known Member

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    Good shooting Mak! The 38-55 was chosen by American Schuetzen shooters for a reason, it's accurate!

    As far as the 45 Colt in a lever....well, seems to me you have a good reason to get another rifle...:D
     
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  5. Big Mak

    Big Mak Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I did not know this. Now you have me chasing stories. :)

    http://www.assra.com/getting_started.htm
     
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  6. sharps4590

    sharps4590 Well-Known Member

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    Schuetzen Rifles; History and Loadings by Gerald O. Kelver is a pretty good overview. "Major Ned Roberts and The Schuetzen Rifle" by the same author is good but more about Roberts than the rifle.
     
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  7. Big Mak

    Big Mak Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Mini range report.
    34 deg with a 45 mph wind blow sideways on the range. DANG it was cold!
    I used a standard one grip stance on both the 45 colt and S&W 357 magnum.
    I only had 20 rds of 45 colt with me, 10 shot. 1 shot (the first) I think I completely missed the target at 50 feet!
    Definitely not a good day to shoot and froze my butt off, thus the low hole count in the paper. With the black sights of the Colt 1873 on the black paper, this wasn't a good combo.

    The Cimarron Colt 1873 Cav revolver was a pleasure to shoot! The hammer really functions nice and the trigger breaks crisp, cleanly. I don't have a trigger pull gauge but I would guess it's got a 3 lb pull. Slightly less than the S&W Mod 66 .357 mag.
    The one head shot was intentional with the .357 mag.

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    Great looking gun. It has F Troop stamped on it. I remember that show. LOL
     
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  9. sharps4590

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    To call SAA sights rudimentary is being kind. However, they can be worked with and some good work done. Depending on how willing a fella is to take a file to a new handgun you can open up the "hog trough" rear notch a little and get some more light around the front sight. The front sight blade can also be thinned. I doubt anyone has to say that shooting in that kind of wind and being cold is not conducive to good shooting.
     
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  10. .357beats9-1-1

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    I loaded up a few Hodgdon Triple Se7en .44 loads for my Redhawk. Big mistake. While it contains no sulphur, it gunks up the cylinder, forcing cone, barrel, etc. pretty badly. Took for-ev-er to clean it, especially cuz you have to practically take the gun apart just to remove the cylinder. Learned my lesson with that one. Never again.
     
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  11. Big Mak

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    I learned quick that all that fake BP is CRAP! I even pulled 50 rounds of .45-70 bullets and dumped the Pyrodex out. Absolute crap for accuracy!
     
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    I absolutely agree that SAA's in 45 Colt are just pure fun to shoot. Here's mine:

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    Swifty has one like this as I recall....
     
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    Follow up. This revolver still consistently shoots 2" high and 2" left. (Sandbagged)
    Fix front site so nothing I can do there except perhaps bend it slightly which I will not chance doing.

    I'm really disappointed in this purchase, but it is still fun to shoot, I just have to remember to aim low and left. :rolleyes:

    Cimarron won't pay for a barrel replacement or servicing unless it is off by 3" or more.

    That is too bad because they have a lot of historical reproductions I'd like to buy but I will not because of the quality on target of this first Cimarron.

    I should have bought a Ruger!
     
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    My Ruger Vaquero is pretty accurate once I got used to the sights. I always shot blackhawks with the good target sights before getting this gun.
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  15. Potter

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    The case color is really nice....look for a guy on You Tube...Click Spring is his name...he is a fine clock maker in Oz I think...came up with the idea of coloring screws....lots of brass filings in a tin...polish the screw heads..the better the polish the better the finish...place the screws under the filings and blow torch from underside of the tin...don't take long and the finish is superb...better than you can buy anywhere...all my screws are a deep purple...looks great...look him up.
     
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