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« on: September 22, 2017, 11:38:43 am »


I have in hand an original 1860 Colt and have begun comparing it with my replica. I advise that no one should do this! Now I have a lot of work to do.  I have been studying it beside my replica and there are many details that must be addressed on the Pietta. The contours of the barrel, the ratchet of the cylinder, depth and contour of the chambers, thickness of the trigger, screw head shapes, loading port at rammer, rammer catch contour and checkering, arbor shape and this is at first glace. I'll take pictures and give details if any feels this would be of interest.
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« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2017, 11:55:04 am »

I advise that no one should do this!

Sounds like good advice!
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« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2017, 01:12:32 pm »

This sound like it will be a very informative posting.  Thanks for, what I hope is a detailed evaluation.

Will be very interested in what makes the originals so much more dependable and functional, over the repros.
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« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2017, 03:10:57 pm »

Oh Bother!!  Undecided

Kent, Why on earth would you want to do that.  The current crop of reproductions are just that.  Reproductions.  They were never intended to be exact duplicates.  They aren't suppose to be duplicates.  They are suppose to "look fine from the Freeway."

Going to the trouble and effort, not to mention expense of trying to turn your reproduction into a duplicate will become an exercise in futility.  I have another word but I'm trying to be practical and kind.

BRS,  The answer is really simple.  Uberti takes care with their Roll Stamps and their marking.  Uberti doesn't appear to give two cents for the mechanical issues.  Pietta isn't doesn't really bother much with Roll Stamps and marking.  Pietta does care about the mechanicals.  Neither do much about correct hand fitting at the time of manufacture.  A Pietta takes much less fettling out of the box than a Uberti.  Both require some ministrations BEFORE they go into service.

The original sample examples were correctly fitted at the time of manufacture which resulted in good functionality.  Reliability was achieved with Caps of a different nature.  Original Caps were actually Water Proof and required a manly great whack to set off.  NONE of the guns from those halcyon days of yesteryear were ever expected to be run as hard for as long as we run them for CAS.  I think being super critical of the current crop of reproductions is a dis-service.  Expecting them to be a mirror image of the sample example will only bring disappointment.  Accept them for what they are.  Good looking reproductions.
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« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2017, 09:22:27 am »

Now I've got the colt down to bare bones and have to pick a starting point. The arbor on the Colt has a step that may improve the way gas is routed away from the cylinder, I will add that feature to mine. And the screw heads for the stock attachment can be reduces some.
As to why do it, the three t's cover that. I have the Time, Tools and Talent. No one is forced to follow my project but for those that want to watch or ask questions Just join in for the ride!


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« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2017, 11:16:40 am »

KS,
  I've commented about the "gas ring" before. The Uberti's have this as barely a notion but Pietta just omitts it altogether.  I noticed this when observing a couple of originals. The original 1st gen parts also differ in the thickness of the bolt arms ((the left one is much thinner) and the combination spring (the bolt side is also much thinner). The bolt in today's Uberti is most like the original with a rather thin left arm.  I think Sam woulda had a fit to have action parts as nice as the current Uberti!!  Pietta's action parts are getting better but bolt arms are still much too thick (still like '70s parts!!) and the hand has too much of an angle up top.
 

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« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2017, 12:22:40 pm »


Well Heck Kent .....
I can well understand the three "Ts"   I have had the three Ts gang up and result in some strange projects from time to time.

Now that I have gotten my Hyper Critical Crap out of the way ...... let us see what you do.  If you don't mind .... I do fully agree with your assessment of the Stock Attachment Screws.  Very annoying.  Really rub my trigger fingers the wrong way.  I have had an ongoing project to refuse and smooth the Stock Screws on my guns that have them.  I have also reduced a set of those screws to the shank, re-slotted, and fit flush with the frame.  Kinda neat if not authentic.  I also re-install the Stock Screw on the Hammer Pivot Screw side with RED LocTite.  I won't admit to why I do that.

Curious are I about the "Step" or "Notch" in the Arbor.  I have never been curious enough to pull a Pietta Arbor and chuck it up inna lathe.  Plus now that My lathe is gone, I can't.  Intrestingier and intrestingier.    Gunna be fun to follow .... yepper.
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« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2017, 01:22:15 pm »

many differences are intentional to prevent unescrupolus individuals converting replicas into fake originals.
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« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2017, 10:00:23 pm »

Some fakes have been made but most collectors will pick out any thing I'm doing. The real Colts have progressive rifling amongst other things. The manufacturing of replicas don't bother to do a lot of details to sell a product that satisfies the market that only requires a gun " that looks fine from the freeway". I enjoy detailing my guns to work well and celebrate the quality that we once expected of them.
Now shall we get back to refining this pistol or have I up set enough folks to just keep it to myself?
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« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2017, 12:46:54 am »


Now shall we get back to refining this pistol or have I up set enough folks to just keep it to myself?

My Good Kent -

I delight in your efforts and the color-case that you are able to achieve.
There is nothing at all wrong with taling "what you've been given" and making into "what you want".

I myself have picked up a piece of crap junker basket case relic original Colt Lightning frame and barrel, but
it is in such pathetic condition it is only fit for display (as it stands). So, I intend to derust, smooth out, fill in, reline, and put modern
double action guts into it so it will at least go bang now and then. If it had any value to anyone else, I would not have been able to get it for the pittance I paid, so ....
 
Refine Away My Dear Kent, and pray continue to post your work!

If anyone asks "why do that?" I reply "Why the hell not?"

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« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2017, 06:06:40 am »

"Three Ts"...Gets me in trouble all the time...Love it! (watching this thread. I just might learn something!)... Wink
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« Reply #11 on: September 24, 2017, 03:30:55 pm »

Oh my NO!!  Oh please let us REFINE!!  I really like the work that your do.  Please continue with the voodoo that you do so well!!

Gonna be a great threat to follow!!  You betcha!!
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« Reply #12 on: September 24, 2017, 08:30:55 pm »

Doing the easy things first, the shoulder stock screw slot needed to be cut to nearly threw the head then were turned down by .020" on the o.d. and thinned a lot with a nice dome. Here's a before and after example. Next the trigger got contoured and thinned. The Pietta is the thick short one before working. Note that the Pietta trigger is quite hard and required grinding to shape. I cut the groove into the arbor as I spoke of before but since I had all ready done my bone case coloring on the frame it was done in place rather then pulling the arbor.



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« Reply #13 on: September 24, 2017, 10:24:58 pm »

Looking forward to following this thread, should be very interesting.
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« Reply #14 on: September 29, 2017, 11:25:14 am »

The latest thing I've done is reshape the loading lever catch. The Pietta has a sudden bulge with straight line cuts for gripping and the Colt has a gentle curve with coarse cross cut checkering. The next step will be the big one, contouring the barrel. Here's the Colt that you can compare with your 1860 replica. Plenty of metal to remove!

But now I have two shot guns to work over for friends so the pistol will take the back seat. Both shot guns will get all new wood, rebuilt actions and color case hardened.


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« Reply #15 on: September 30, 2017, 06:25:11 am »

How are you going to reverse the twist in the barrel without relining?  Maybe you should have started with a Uberti?
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« Reply #16 on: September 30, 2017, 08:51:43 am »

The Colt has gain twist rifling so that is beyond the scope of the program. Also note the round part of loading lever comes back farther on the Colt. That won't be addressed as well. What I'm doing is just removing and reshaping metal that could easily of been done during manufacturing. No attempt will be made to remark it as a Colt. It's just a replica not a reproduction, there is a difference.
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« Reply #17 on: October 06, 2017, 12:36:47 am »

Great thread, this.
Professor Marvel, why don't you post a thread on your Colt Lightning re-do?
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