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I would like to shoot this one, but I am unsure of what ammo would be safe. Would current production cowboy ammo be safe? Thanks in advance for help with this question.
 

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The safest is BP only. However, do a search in this forum concerning serial numbers and steel and wrought iron frames. This question has been addressed several times.
 

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I may be over cautious, but I will not shoot any Smokeless Powder in any Colt SAA revolver manufactured before 1903. Although you will find the S/N beinning at 190,000 (this is from memory, but close) is safe using Smokless Powder. In the day that may have been correct and would be fine, but no one know how a 1st Gen from 1897 has been treated. Has it had some heavy loads of smokless in it's past life; we don't know and this is what bothers me. There could be some unseen problem that could cause the Frame, Cylinder, etc to crack or break from a load of current smokeless powder. You don't want to hurt the revolver or yourself.....be safe than sorry!
 
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