We see lots of pics of pretty guns around here. How about some pics of your beaters? I'm talking about refinished buffed out frankenguns. The worse the better. I just sold this one a few weeks ago but here is my example.
1874 converted to .22. Replaced cylinder and barrel, modified hammer, brass backstrap and buffed to hell with some sort of textured finish. The base pin set screw has been enlarged and the TG was buffed so much the screws almost come through the side. If you loaded it up and gave it a little help indexing it would still fire.
A few years back I bought a .44 Spl. barrel on Ebay for $100, finish worn, otherwise perfect. Then later I bought a '58 SAA locally that was .38 Spl. cylinder with a cut down 5" .357 barrel. I had the cylinder bored to .44 and the barrel swapped. Gun came with fake stags but now wears real ones. The gun was $825 and the conversion was $225 as far as I remember. I think it's gorgeous. The finish wear on the barrel matched perfect with the gun it ended up on.
All but one of mine are beaters That's the way I like 'em!
"Go ahead, skin it! Skin that smokewagon and see what happens".
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I don't consider this SAA .38-40 a beater - however it was put to it's intended use for about 113 years...
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"Beater" might even be a bit kind for this one. But, as it was my grandfathers for many, many years, it's a favorite. I've never fired it. Tolerances are a bit, shall I say, loose. It rattles like a bunch of rocks in an empty tin can. But a whole lot of fine Colts will go before this one ever will.
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This poor old Frontier Scout was bought new by my dad in who knows what year. It has been carried a ton, killed its share of badgers, varmints and even calves that had to be put down. It goes to my only grandson whose name just happens to be Scout!