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    Action Work on your SAA

    Have any of you had the action or trigger of your SAA tuned to be smoother and lighter? I've read some articles by longtime SAA owners who really recommend getting the action and trigger worked. I've also had the opportunity to handle one and it was definitely smoother and the hammer pulled back very nicely, and the trigger pull was lighter than my gun so I was wondering if any of you here have had this type of work done or any other work on your gun that you think makes it operate or shoot better. And if so who did the work or who would you recommend for this type of work?

    I know Colt performs some of these services but seldom do I hear anyone mention Colt when they have custom work done.

    Also was thinking of replacing my factory walnut grips with the black colt grips. Are these grips sized for each individual handgun or could I purchase a pair of factory grips and slap them on the gun? I'd also be interested in a set of custom grips again I'd like to get a pair of black or dark grips on the gun that fit my hand better than the Colt factory walnut grips.

    Thanks.

    Dave

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    You can do a few things yourself to slick up the action if you are comfortable working on the SAA (and understand how the correctly disassemble and reassemble the gun). New springs, reduced power mainspring or mainspring spacer, and a smoothing of the hand window using a Brownell's stone are just a few things that come to mind.

    As good as a pro? No. But still very good, much cheaper, and a great learning experience.

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    Getting your Colt "tuned up" opens up a huge can of worms. Start out by asking yourself and answering honestly: what needs to be done? Is the action rough? I have only encountered this once in the course of owning nearly two dozen 3rd gen SAAs. Is the hammer pull too heavy? This is easily solved with a replacement main spring. Is the trigger heavy or creepy? Springs may help a heavy one, a creepy trigger wants a good hand to work on it. Most of the SAAs I've owned needed nothing more than a bit lighter main spring. One I bought used had previously suffered at the hand of hack and needed professional TLC. One I own was quite rough and was much improved by a full action job. I have had Colts worked on at one time or another by Bob James in Phoenix, AZ; Eddie Janis in CA; Tom Sargis in MT; and Olglesbys in IL. All did fine work. I've also had Colts worked on my local gunsmith (no specialist, but competent) and had good results. My newest SAA, acquired this summer, was just right, out of the box, and needs no work at all.
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    Why not try running about 500 rounds through the piece, before you decide whether or not it 'needs' any additional attention?

    Then, if it does - disassemble, look for burring or high spots, and with a good stone - remove them.

    Clean, reassemble and use a 'good' gun grease on the moving parts as you assemble the piece.

    I'm fond of Pro-Shot's 'Pro-Gold', myself - but there are others that work well.

    Following all this - head back out to the range with another couple of boxes, and see what's what.

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    Also was thinking of replacing my factory walnut grips with the black colt grips. Are these grips sized for each individual handgun or could I purchase a pair of factory grips and slap them on the gun? I'd also be interested in a set of custom grips again I'd like to get a pair of black or dark grips on the gun that fit my hand better than the Colt factory walnut grips.
    Thanks.
    Dave

    I can fix you up with a pair of one piece Ebony grips, but would have to have your back strap & trigger guard to fit them. I also think I have a pair of black Buffalo Horn that are thicker than the factory grips, but no guarantee they will fit your frame.
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    I'll put in another plug for Peacemaker Specialists.
    If you've never had a true master go through your Colt, you can't understand what can be done to improve it.
    There is a huge difference, far beyond a spring change.
    Denis

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    I have had both Hamilton Bowen and Alan Harton do action/trigger jobs for me on Colts and both have done excellent work. If there isn't a lot of creep in the trigger and you just want things lightened and smoothed up, you might try a Wolff spring kit, they are inexpensive and easy to put in, I have good luck going this route too.

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    Most of my experience has been with the New Frontier, which, for all practical purposes, is the same situation.

    The problem I've encountered is the very heavy trigger pull, which can go as high as twelve pounds. The first solution is simply to order a new mainspring. This helps the problem greatly, and a Colt replacement part is usually all that is needed. But such things as hammer/sear engagement and polishing the innards, I leave to my gunsmith.

    I like a light trigger pull, not a "hair trigger" as many espouse, but maybe so going around two pounds, but no creep and a crisp let-off.

    Bob Wright

    And P.S.: As has been pointed out, its best to rund a thousand rounds or so through any new gun, as simply firing it often smooths up some roughness in the action.
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    At the price of ammo these days, I prefer slickin' up my guns as soon as I get them, new or used. Factory springs are just way to heavy and start beating up the gun from the get go! So I start with lightening the springs. Grind the original main spring sides until it feels the way you like it or replace it and replace the bolt/trigger spring with a lighter one. I smooth and polish contact points of all machine and tool marks, where needed, and polish the screws where parts rotate on them. Grind about half of the cyl bolt cam on the hammer away and polish to keep from over flexing the cyl bolt spring arm every time the hammer is cycled. All the same things you pay the professionals over $100 to do.

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    I bought this one new in 2007 and shot it for about 600-800 rounds before I sent it to Hamilton Bowen to have a few things done including a trigger job. In speaking with Mr. Bowen I found out that the internals got battered pretty good from shooting it so it needed a new trigger and hand. Although the parts were relatively inexpensive to replace, I found it to be a valuable lessen. All of my SAA 's now receive a trigger job prior to shooting.


 

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