Colt Forum banner
1 - 20 of 28 Posts

· Registered
Joined
·
19 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
The previous owner of my recently acquired 1st Gen SAA says he shoots Black Hills cowboy loads through it as well as bp handloads. This is my first foray into antique firearms that still function, so I must ask-- is it safe for me to shoot cowboy low pressure loads (HSM, Black Hills, Hornady...) as well as bp, or only BP? Either way, I'm all ears for tips and tricks for maintaining and looking after this old Colt.
 

· Premium Member
Joined
·
2,896 Posts
Welcome to the rabbit hole. Your Colt SAA is not proofed for smokeless, CAS loads or not. Some of the smiths here have noted damage to revolvers that they attribute to using smokeless powder, which has a different pressure curve vs blackpowder. There is a sticky on this: Black Powder or Smokeless? Where to draw the line on a...
 

· Premium Member
Joined
·
6,575 Posts
Hello and welcome to the Colt Forum from West Virginia. Glad you have joined us all here. Someone I'm sure will be along to answer your question. Great group of guys here 4 sure !!!!!!
 
  • Like
Reactions: sublimert70

· Premium Member
Joined
·
12,099 Posts
1874 manufacture is a black powder only gun.

But interesting enough 38-40 Colts were first introduced in 1884. So at some point if the gun is a 1874 production gun the barrel and cyliner were changed. In that case it would be worth showing photos of the gun, the barrel script and the back of your cylinder to see when they were produced. Frame is no question a BP frame. But the barrel and cylinder might not be BP only, which could give you some leeway on ammo depending on the condition of the gun.
 

· Premium Member
Joined
·
12,099 Posts
Could be anything, including rebuilt/rechambered 2nd Gen parts.

The .41 Colt was introduced in 1885 as a BP cartridge and then discontinued in 1938 or 1939. Unless you can verify the replacement pars were made after 1910 I would stick to a strict diet of black powder for all the shooting done in this gun.
 

· Premium Member
Joined
·
12,099 Posts
Neat black powder only gun. It looks like it needs some work on the internals. Worth looking up Alan Harton in Houston or Jim Martin here on the forum. I'd have someone good with 1st Gen guns look at it prior to shooting it. Enjoy!
 

· Registered
Joined
·
19 Posts
Discussion Starter · #18 ·
Neat black powder only gun. It looks like it needs some work on the internals. Worth looking up Alan Harton in Houston or Jim Martin here on the forum. I'd have someone good with 1st Gen guns look at it prior to shooting it. Enjoy!
The notches on the underside of the hammer seem to be a bit rounded down from use, the cylinder lock is practically negligible, and the bolt screw head is just missing. So for now it --can-- be shot, but I agree, I'd like to find someone who can give some TLC.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
7,111 Posts
I've never had him do any work for me but Alan Horton has a really good reputation. Jim Martin does extraordinary work on Single Actions.
LeverActionBill (also on this forum) is in Wyoming. He does really good work as well.
 
1 - 20 of 28 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top