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    Welcome to a great forum

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    Not put off by re-nickel. I suspected it was as it was too nice for 127 yo. Did see the "dishing" but not familiar with machining of the day... It will make nice addition to my collection. It DOES lock up tight, 4 clicks, very solid and all parts tight. Even refinished I thought worth the $1500 and the CERT letter too.
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    The "dishing" comes from being polished on a cloth buffing wheel. The threads of the buffing wheel go down into the screw hole and eat out the sharp corners of the hole. It was originally polished on a large wooden polishing wheel which did not dish out the screw holes or round off corners.

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    Even though it is refinished, it is a very nice looking SAA and worth what you have in it! The serial number on your SAA
    must put this Colt Frontier Six Shooter near the end of those that had acid etched panels.
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    You did just fine on the price! And the refinish is not all that bad - enjoy it!! We all are!

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    Quote Originally Posted by uncommonarms View Post
    What are the signs of a refinish job?


    Besides the dished holes look at the top of the gripstrap where it meets the frame. Yours show pronounced rounding of the corners, those edges should be razor crisp and the transition from gripstrap to frame should be seamless as pictured below on my original nickel 1889 44-40

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    Quote Originally Posted by uncommonarms View Post
    Am loading some .44/40 BP and some smokeless powder - light loads with same specs as BP MV and FP... to shoot.
    That's a big no-no in this gun, BP only.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smutt View Post
    That's a big no-no in this gun, BP only.
    BP specs 225 gr (15 g) lead 750 ft/s (230 m/s) 281 ft·lbf

    If I load smokless powder at same specs why would it matter? :-) the stress on the gun would be the same...

    Please educate me. Thanks

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    I know this sounds backwards: smokeless is a progressive burn, hence the moniker "propellant". Black powder is an explosive. A black powder explosion has a milder, internal expansion of gases than smokeless. That said Black powder is so much fun to shoot! The smoke the smell. It's pretty awesome.

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    I've never experienced it, but there's also a smokeless phenomenon called detonation. Mike Venturino had an article showing a blown up smokeless pre war Colt .45 that exploded with reduced loads. I'm too lazy to go read it again and might have some details wrong, but the point is, smokeless can be very unpredictable even in guns meant for it let alone old ones.
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