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Yesterday I found a decent, definetly not pristine, 1877 Thunderer made in 1896. I found it at one of my dealers I buy from in Dallas, TX. I called them to discuss it's condition and the finish is pretty well worn off, the bore is a little dirty but good rifling, and the left grip plate is chipped at the bottom. The good part is the action is in very good condition with a tight cylinder lock-up. The dealer stated that they bought it from the family of the original owner who was a rancher years ago. Now, I asked them if this was true as a "story" is not to be considered and they agreed, but felt it was true. Anyway, I got the old Thunderer and waiting to receive it by UPS. I got a couple of photos and will post what is coming. After I receive it, I will clean and lube (not remove any patina, just normal cleaning). and post some of my photos.


Now my "Fine" condition 1877 Lighting will have a stable mate. I probably will buy a set of Vintage Grips and keep the originals stored away. I may try to get the new grips plates worked over a bit to make them appear more "original" to it's age. I really like the 1877 revolvers as they fit my hand perfectly. Now I need to gert some .41 Colt brass and load some BP rounds!

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I found recoil was a bit stiff in the Thunderer as opposed to my Bisley. Starline makes brass (and buying direct from them is pretty cheap). GAD is good on bullets for the .41. I retired the Thunderer but shoot the Bisley regularly.
 

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Thanks for the information! I was aware that Starline manufactured the brass, but did not know bullets were available from GAD. I don't plan on much shooting with the Thunderer, but if I have a firearm, I like to have some loaded rounds. I plan on loading them with BP and maybe get off a few cylinders and then retire her!
 

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The 1877 arrived yesterday late afternoon! She is in better condition than expected. The action is slick and smooth. After a cleaning of the years of dust out of the bore, it is bright and shiney, very good rifling with only a couple of light minor pitting showing up.Well pleased with th revolver! Here are a coupleof photos I made this morning after a regular cleaning

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The 1877 arrived yesterday late afternoon! She is in better condition than expected. The action is slick and smooth. After a cleaning of the years of dust out of the bore, it is bright and shiney, very good rifling with only a couple of light minor pitting showing up.Well pleased with th revolver! Here are a coupleof photos I made this morning after a regular cleaning

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Nice looking Thunderer, are you going to letrter it?

The sear screw is sitting lower in the frame on the left side of the gun. I can't see the right side well enough to tell if it just needs to be tightened or if its a replacement.

I love firing my Thunderer's, I am always impressed with their power when compared to a .38 LC. A few years ago, someone on another forum gave me a Lyman .41 LC Hollow Base mold, so bullets have not been a problem for me to obtain. I buy my brass from Track of the Wolf, but they are pricey at $0.70 a shell.
 

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Nice, you will have fun with that. If you look around a bit you should be able to find some ammo. I just happen to have a worn set of unbroken stocks for a Lightning/Thunderer that would look appropriate on your gun. If you will send me a PM with your mailing address, I will send them to you.
 

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Nice looking Thunderer, are you going to letrter it?

The sear screw is sitting lower in the frame on the left side of the gun. I can't see the right side well enough to tell if it just needs to be tightened or if its a replacement.

I love firing my Thunderer's, I am always impressed with their power when compared to a .38 LC. A few years ago, someone on another forum gave me a Lyman .41 LC Hollow Base mold, so bullets have not been a problem for me to obtain. I buy my brass from Track of the Wolf, but they are pricey at $0.70 a shell.
Nice, you will have fun with that. If you look around a bit you should be able to find some ammo. I just happen to have a worn set of unbroken stocks for a Lightning/Thunderer that would look appropriate on your gun. If you will send me a PM with your mailing address, I will send them to you.
Great looking gun. However unless reading this wrong. He received this almost 7 years ago. Just adding this as info for the questions raised......
 

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The sear screw is sitting lower in the frame on the left side of the gun. I can't see the right side well enough to tell if it just needs to be tightened or if its a replacement.
I think the sear and trigger screws have just been swapped at reassembly, that is quite a common mistake.
May be Abwehr can confirm, if he still remembers of that detail (7 years ago !)
 
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