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Hi,

I did a search but couldn't find the info I needed so I thought I'd start a new thread. I'm a newbie to the world of revolvers but I've always loved the look of the Python. Long story short, this week I picked up a 1963 Blued Colt Python with a 6" barrel for $850. Seemed like a good price from what I could see. All parts are original. This is in excellent shape (looks to be perfect) though it is missing the box and paperwork. Apparently it had three cylinders of ammo put through it and then was put away until the owner passed. Anyway, I have plans to shoot it, no gun like that deserves to be locked in a vault unused! I want to make durn sure I take the best possible care of it I can. What tips can you share to make this a possibility? I know for stainless steel firearms I have seen recomendations for waxing them to keep them in good shape, should this be done with a blued gun also? Please, any help you can lend will be most appreciated!
 

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Welcome to the forum. Here is one previous reply.
http://www.coltforum.com/forums/showflat...=true#Post22297
Here is another more specifically addressing waxing.
http://www.coltforum.com/forums/showflat...=true#Post21647
There are some others about polishing and storing various finishes scattered around. When you search, make sure you set the "newer than" for a long enough period to go back aways. There are a lot of posts to cover. I'm sure you will get some additional "real time" recommendations also. HTH /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif
 

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no gun like that deserves to be locked in a vault unused!

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Not true! Not true!


(Welcome to the forum. Join the ongoing debate over collecting vs. shooting)
 

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Welcome to the Forum,and I couldn't AGREE with you more. With PROPER care and cautions,"mint" guns can be shot and NOT show any more wear-BUT it helps if you have more than one-and are not going to shoot the Python in weekly matches of hundreds of rounds.

I have close to 100 revolvers,most "vintage",and they don't show the wear of shooting,but of course,they only get shot a "few times" per year. Even my 11 .22s don't show wear and they get used more frequently.

First,get some good quality silicone etc. gun cloths. Wipe that Python down EVERY time you handle it!

Try and clean the gun quickly after firing,getting all the nooks and crannies. I disassemble my guns once a year to check the "innards for corrossion and "crud" build up.

Ammo: While I think that a .357 Magnum revolver is the best GUN for the average TRAINED person to keep for home defense due to its ability to handle a range of ammo from the mildest .38 Spec. target wad cutters,to man stopping 125 jhps and even 180-200 gr. "bear loads",the problem is that the shorter .38 Specials will leave a ring of crud in the chambers,that unless not cleaned quickly,can cause problems when full length ,357 rounds are used. So get the chambers,"mirror clean"!

No doubt the Python has wonderful WOOD stocks,and these will show wear on the checkering from firing,so if you are going to shoot it regularly,I'd get a cheaper pair of aftermarket stocks. I have also seen the butts of stocks gouged from "bench rest" shooting.

DON'T wear your rings!! This is rarely discussed,but I began to notice nearly all of my revolvers had some light blue wear under the trigger guard,and realized it was caused by my wedding band on my left hand, I had removed my college/fraternity ring from right(shooting)hand,but neglected this one(wife has me petrified to do remove it;don't know why she is so "suspicious??) /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif.

Colts(except older SAAs) are far better than S&Ws on their sideplate and cylinder crane retention screw loosening up during firing,but I would check these(with proper fitting blades!!!) as I was doing my post shooting clean up.Watch those rear sight screws and again,CORRECT blade size!

Storage?? You will get a variety of opinions on this. I live in a humid climate,Maine,but not on the coast. My revolvers are stored in a large ex-library card catalog,wood,with one gun per drawer. I put those little bags of moisture protection (desc...something like that,changing them yearly. NO RUST. This even holds true for a "guest(unwanted!) greeting .45 New Service Colt,kept quickly at hand in our unheated "mud room" by the front door. Several other "house guns",not kept in the card catalog,but loaded in drawers,also have this de moisturizer with them-and show NO rust-BUT,AGAIN,they are FREQUENTLY wiped down,checked,and kept mildly lubed!

I am sure others will give you more tips.

My "philosophy" on shooting versus "safe queens",is best expressed in this little "tale".'bout 20 years ago,at avery large show here,I had just bought a very nice,but factory refinished,S&W 5" 1926,from a dealer for $300. He knew I was going to shoot this. About 1/2 hr. later,he and another close friend and dealer came up to me and said,there is this obnoxious out of state collector who is going to ask you to sell him the gun. I had looked long and hard for a 1926 "shooter",and was NOT going to sell it(unless I got a grand.) So up he comes,late 40's,fat,rich,but with a 20's year old wife,that was "hot". Right of the bat,starts telling me NOT to shoot the gun,he will give me $500 for it-even though the dealer told him it was refinished. Started to explain my "philosophy", he starts yelling at me,saying I don't deserve that nice a gun. By now,several dealers I know had gathered and one was making the fist sign for me to deck the guy! So,I just grabbed him by his ample belt and said."Guns are meant to be used,and enjoyed-not just looked at"-then looking at the lovely young wife-"by the looks of her,you'd better start enjoying and using her,not just keeping her for a status symbol". The SOB wouldn't even fight me,and the young wife just smiled! Got an ovation from the crowd,including a local cop I knew. We are pretty e-z going up here,but don't get condescending to us.

Would I do this today,at age 63?? You bet!

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."Guns are meant to be used,and enjoyed-not just looked at"-

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Couldn't agree more.

Call me crazy, but I assume that since Colt puts firing pins and rifling in their guns that at some point they think a bullet might actually travel out of them.
 

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I have my Kuhnhausen and Renaissance wax ordered, thanks for the tip! (BTW - looks like MidwayUSA is closing out the Renaissance wax, it's on clearance).

manderson,

I had noticed there seemed to be a shoot versus keep debate going on in the threads I read so I wanted to get my leanings out there up front.

LoneWolf,

I have to say a really big thank you, that is some fantastic information. I actually picked up a Ruger RedHawk .357 for the heavy lifting so the Python won't be seeing a lot of use, just from time to time so I can enjoy it every time. (And realize how much better than the RedHawk it is! /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif).

One impreession I have been given from other forums is that the Python's are realitively fragile and tend to experience timing problems every thousand rounds of .357 Mag (One of the reasons I bought the Ruger). What are folks opinions around here on this, are they fragile?
 

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Your welcome for the info.

Just as an aside; I've only owned 3 Rugers in the past,but as I recall,the .357 Redhawk,is fairly rare,and only made a few years(Blue Book says discontinued in '85,and puts a premium on NIB .357 and .41 Redhawks,so thats no "beater" M-28 S&W Highway Patrolman you got there for the "heavy work"! Nearly bought a new Redhawk .357 around 85',but decided to concentrate on Colts and Smiths! Did remind me of a Colt New Service in its balance though!

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I thought I edited my post to mention the use of Eezox or CorrosionX for gun care. Maybe I clicked the wrong button. However, I have found these both to be excellent products for regular maintenance and long term storage. Do a Google search and check them out.
 

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You're 100% right, it was produced for 3 years. I was looking for a .357 that would stand up to heavy loads leaving the Python in good shape. I saw the RedHawk .357 at the local range on a consignment sale for $460.00. Seemed like it would stand up to anything I could throw at it and smile so I went home and researched it. I found out it's value so far as I could tell looking at sale listing was about 25% higher, so it was back to the range where I leveraged the fact that it had been sitting there for 3 months and got them down even lower on the price tag and bought it. I do have to admit though, it was sort of a kick in the head to realize that I had immediately gravitated to another collector's item to save wear and tear on the first one... /forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif OTOH, if I buy another one to save both of them my wife's going to use one or both of them on me! /forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif
 

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You ask some good questions and make some good points, GPalmer.
Just remember this: Someday, we're all going to 'meet Elvis', and when we do, SOMEBODY is going to do whatever the hell they want with those wonderful guns we've so lovingly accumulated!
Whether you want to shoot or store, it boils down to doing whatever it is that makes YOU happy.
Period.
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The Eezox is on order, I'll give the CorrosionX a try later.

DHENRY,

I can't imagine laying there waiting to check out and regretting that I didn't make more money off the Python I used to own. I can imagine kicking myself for not having enjoyed it while I had it though... I would agree with those who say you don't regret what you've done, it's what you haven't done that gets you. So, it gets shot! /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
 
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