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    Fitting hard rubber grips

    I have a new respect for you folks that fit your own grips. Two weeks ago, I bought this 1995 production nickel, .44-40 locally. It came with the original blue box and sleeve, but had a set of (to me) ugly, black horn grips on it. The price was right so it came home with me. I have always liked the "issue" black hard rubber grips on the nickel revolvers, so I ordered a set. After searching all the relative posts here and elsewhere, I tackled it. I taped a sheet of wet or dry sandpaper onto my marble slab that I tool leather on, and had another SAA nearby for reference while I was doing it. I took it slow and did a lot of sanding and test fitting. I am very pleased with the way they turned out. However, I don't think this is something I would enjoy doing on a daily basis. By the way, this is another SAA that is dead bang accurate. I was only shooting at 7 yards, but my son and I easily put all the rounds in an inch and a quarter square. For .44-40, I use Starline brass, a hand cast 200 gr. bullet with a large lube groove (with a homemade SPG type lube, over 8 gr. of Unique. Would have loved to have found a BP framed FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER rolled revolver, but this one is just fine. I didn't have a nickel SAA, and must say, the nickel has grown on me.

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    You may have found some posts I made a couple of months back asking about and then fitting grips on my nickel SAA. I lucked out and the grips were just a little long at the bottom. Tedious work but turned out well.
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    The most important tool in fitting grips to SAA's is patience...
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    My 1st gen doesn't have the original grips, the backstrap area is too high and I think the heel is too short. I've wondered about fitting those, but I worry that on older examples the freshly sanded areas may look different.


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