Is this 1860 Army Worth Buying ?
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    I will tell you here in NE Ohio that is typical of the 1860s I see for just above a grand. At the local gun shows that one in that condition would have a price tag of 1100-1200 on it. The most recent was one MUCH worse that the dealer had 950 on but would only go down to 900. The missing wedge and screw are no big deal to me....in my price range they are always gone or mismatched. The problem I have with the one you posted is the enlarged backstrap screw. If the backstrap hole is enlarged then no way. If the screw head is just sitting on top of the backstrap and the number is still there then you could always remove the big screw and fit a correct screw in. This all assumes the cylinder matches too...if not then no way. For me, personally, I would look at that as a 'starter' 1860. I prefer earlier Colt percussions thus own no original 1860 Army models, but if I was after one I would offer this guy 800 and see what he says...he may meet you part way (again assuming the backstrap serial is there and assuming the cylinder serial is there). OTOH you have a budget of 1.5K so just hold off for a better one.

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    Like I said, I am passing on it but what exactly is wrong with the backstrap screw? These look the same to me. Maybe the screw is not screw in all the way but, it looks the same. Cylinder serial does match. I could not read the one of the backstrap because of too much pitting. Wedge make no difference to me either.
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    Ah Ok...my bad. I thought the screw head was bigger than it should be and was covering up the serial. Sorry.


 
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