Because it has 0% finish and a pitted barrel from corrosive ammo. There are several people such as Doug Turnbull and Dave Lanara that do the work, but I would prefer it being done by Colt. I just wanted to know if they did it and if anyone had experience with their work.
I'd still leave it alone and put the considerable amount of renovation costs into a third gen shooter.
I am not aware that Colt does this type of major job on older guns just as Smith generally doesn't touch guns made before 1958.If you must,Turnbull would be my choice.
Very nice, who did the work. If I was going to have it done I would prefer having it done by Colt. My SAA has no rust, but it does need a new barrel (I think Colt makes the 32-20 barrels again in a different thread pattern).
Finding an old Colt SAA or Winchester in 98% original condition is not impossible but VERY expensive. If what you want is an old gun(yours) that looks new, then a quality restoration is something of a bargain and you can shoot the thing without feeling quilty. I would call Colt to see if they can help you, although I think restoration is outside the scope of what they do. Along with Turnbull and Lanara, I believe www.peacemakerspecialists.com might be worth an inquiry.
I had a local Colt SAA expert look at the gun and he recommended fixing the action and leaving the finish alone. It appears to be all original with very little finish left and no rust. I thought the barrel was ruined, but he said it wasn't that bad and the lands and grooves on a 32-20 weren't very deep from the factory. He put a new cylinder pin, bushing, hand, action tuning, etc. and had it cleaned within 4 hours of the time I dropped it off. When I dropped it off it had about a 10 pound trigger pull and the cylinder would sometimes spin freely even on full cock. Now it is tighter than a new one with an incredible 3# approx. trigger pull. Now that is service! By the way, I have a factory letter coming.