I made one with rawhide for a stiffener but the rawhide layer shrank more when it dried than both the outer layer and liner. The whole thing is fine but you can tell that it's a little 'loose in its skin'. I probably blew the gluing. One of the other pards here may be able to shed a little light there so you end up with a better end product than I did.
I don't know the detailed history, but in WWI, artillery officers wore their revolver behind the right hip. I presume it was because they were either prone with their enormous binoculars in front of their eyes or peering down at a map or plotting table. I have one in my collection belonging to a C.E.F. officer serving in an artillery brigade.
Any of the published loads for the .45 Colt in the Manufacturers Loading manuals are going to be safe. I suggest that you invest in some Trail Boss Powder if you want mild loads without loading under SAMMI specs. I used Unique for years in .45 Colt in all my SAA's an in my Schofield replicas. As long as you do not try using loads for T/C Contender or Ruger's you should be fine.
I shot the first six stages of a 10 stage match in Victoria, So far not too bad, but not totally clean. I use .357 mag cases to hold 20 grains of 3Fg with a .375 ball pressed on top. When its time to load, thumb the ball off, dump the powder into the chamber, home-made lubed wad pressed over the powder, place the ball & ram. Almost as fast as it took me to type this. Cap with a straight-line capper.
At first our posse kept to a rigid shooting order. We have evolved to a shoot when ready order, which is best for me. I start to load as soon as I arrive at the stage area and complete the procedure so I get to shoot about fourth. After shooting, I get my posse duties done.
Back tomorrow to complete the match, and I will try to go clean.
I don't want to beat up this gun and maybe I'm making a lot, or everything, to do about nothing, but my Speer reloading manuel starts you at 6.5 grains of Bullseye for a 200 gr Lead SWC bullet. I accidentally loaded a few rounds to 5.5. Checked a my Hornandy and they start out well below that (but with a different type of lead 200 gr bullet). Shot a few of the 5.5 grain Bullseye powder carefully. They all came out of the barrel okay and accurate. They were tame, (as I want). Loaded a few 6.5 grain Bullseye, I could definitely feel the difference in recoil.
I know the gun is rated for .45 Long Colt so there should be no problems, I just want to be sure I'm not causing accelerated wear on the gun. AND I like the feel of the 5.5 grains for simple practice but don't want to underload.