Now if you had the 4" Anaconda in .45 Colt,it would be rare!! At least this is the feeling of Brian Pearce in a brief article on the overly large .458 cylinder throats in an article in the latest issue of "Handloader". Brian had a new .44 mag. cylinder correctly chambered for .452 bullets & the groups shrank by HALF. Always thought this was a problem only to the early S&W 25-5s!!?? I tried to but an Anaconda in the 4" .45 Colt configuration when they came out,but my "inner self",or whatever the "new age" freaks call it wouldnt let me! Being a "New Service Nut",as a late dealer pal used to call me,the fact that it was NOT blued,or with the "leaf spring action" stopped me,even though my brain knew that it was a stronger gun,and the couple I handled(in .44 mag) felt great.Probably worth a grand at least now,and could handle most ANY .45 Colt handload;but then again I dont load the old cartridge much over 900 fps with 250 grainers. Bud
The 5 inch barrel Anaconda, in 44 mag, is the really rare one. I made the mistake of passing on one, thinking they were regular production, and by the time I realized they were not cataloged, and only a few hundred special made, it was too late, and I haven't seen one since. This was shortly after the Anaconda was introduced, and I thought 450.00 was too high, at the time, and that I could do better....
I guess that's like seeing a 3" Python and letting that one slide by, huh?
But lonewolf be correct in stating that 4" .45 Colt in Anaconda be rare breed! I keep haunting GA and the likes to see if I can snag some unsuspecting person unaware of what they have . . . Does this make me a bad person??? Oh, well!
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