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    Very Rough 1901 SAA

    Hey everyone, I stumbled on a very rough SAA .45 and wanted to get opinions on itís value. All of the serial numbers match and date it to 1901. Everything on it looks correct and original for one of that era. Hereís the kicker, it was fairly pitted and someone took a dremel to it to clean it up. Most of the screws and springs will probably need to be replaced. I have a very competent gunsmith friend who has offered to guide me in rebuilding it if I decide to, so labor costs arenít really a concern. It needs to be rebarreled, but the same friend also has another era correct barrel for very cheap as well as a cylinder if I need it. My goal would just be to make a decent shooter out of it and not a show piece. We would most likely smooth it out the best we can and parkerize it. Would it be worth it? What would you pay for it as it sits?
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    Personally, I wouldn't give anything for it. I hope you're not into it for much. You could find that era 45 for a couple grand and 100x better shape. But it's you gun and your project but you're going to have a lot more in it than it'll ever be worth. A practice piece perhaps?
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    I find it enjoyable to bring an old SAA back to life. It is true that one can most likely find one that is in working order and have less in it, but why not get the enjoyment of getting your hands dirty and do it yourself.

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    Well I am a sucker for old unloved things
    I am rescuing two old seiko 6105 divers as we speak
    I love the idea i want to try and make it something more than it is
    I would caution you....
    When working metal
    It is best to take it slow
    NO dremel....
    Wire wheel is good as long as it is not too abrasive
    You will need countless hours to repair all the damage someone has done and they may have removed all the markings and edges of this revolver
    You need to see what it looks under all of the mess they caused
    Do one spot and see what it looks like
    Depending on how bad the rest of the gun is...like barrel ruined or frame damaged it night just be a wall hangar
    Some clear better pics would really be great too
    Very hard to tell any detail with the ones u have
    I can not wait to see how it turns out
    Thank u for sharing it
    Like everyone has said
    I would not invest much in it
    God Bless,John
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    Have fun

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    I too enjoy saving old SAAs. It's a shame what happened to that one though. I would think 5 or 600 would be all I'd want to have in it. Read up on rust bluing. Don't be too quick to give up on that barrel.

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    I haven’t actually bought it, just kicking the idea around. I already have a really nice 3rd gen so this one would just be used as a beater to carry when hunting, hiking, etc. And if I could gain some knowledge and experience while working on it, that’d just be a plus.
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    Thanks for all of the feedback so far. Like a couple of you have said, itís hard not to have a soft spot for old projects. Here are a few more pictures. Looks like all of the markings except the serial numbers would be pretty well gone by the time itís all said and done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1slols1 View Post
    Thanks for all of the feedback so far. Like a couple of you have said, itís hard not to have a soft spot for old projects. Here are a few more pictures. Looks like all of the markings except the serial numbers would be pretty well gone by the time itís all said and done.
    Well with these pics it actually looks better than I expected...can we ask how much they want for it?
    I would think a good clean and wire wheel would make this look considerably better and markings are still kinda visable too
    If the scratches are not too deep it can be smoothed out with just simple handwork and patience ...i have worked with worse and made it quite nice but it all depends on your skills and willingness to try
    The cylinder looks like some kind of coating on it too....did it appear that way to u too?
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    50 lashes to the person who used the Dremel tool. If they survive, keel-haul them. It makes my heart hurt just looking at it.

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    New springs, screws and a camo duracoat finish for about $80 bucks and you'd have one heck of a camp gun. Guaranteed you'd be the only one.
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