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Re: EMF Great Western II Californian review
« Reply #20 on: February 21, 2020, 03:26:10 PM »
I did what you suggested and mine is perfectly timed!

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Re: EMF Great Western II Californian review
« Reply #21 on: February 23, 2020, 01:24:26 AM »
Great!
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Re: EMF Great Western II Californian review
« Reply #22 on: February 24, 2020, 01:55:58 PM »
The newest edition of "Guns of the Old West" magazine has reviews on the EMF Grande Californian, The Californian and the US Marshal SAA replicas. Great reviews and great reading all the articles in the magazine. Check it out.

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Re: EMF Great Western II Californian review
« Reply #23 on: May 27, 2020, 08:30:02 PM »
I have been sore tempted to order one of these. They're beautiful revolvers and I have not read a single disparaging remark about them.

  That said, I HATE the "improved" coil spring. I mean good grief....in this day and age with our improved metallurgy, how often do those leaf springs break??

  If/when I buy one of these revolvers, I will purchase two hands with leaf springs; one to install and a spare!

  CHT

Is it just a simple swap? I want to do this.
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Re: EMF Great Western II Californian review
« Reply #24 on: May 27, 2020, 08:50:10 PM »

Oh Good Grief  :o

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Re: EMF Great Western II Californian review
« Reply #25 on: May 27, 2020, 08:54:18 PM »
 Coffin, any tips on making the coil easier to deal with? I have nerve damage in my fangers and the Uberti with the tiny screw was a bit tense trying to get back in.
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Re: EMF Great Western II Californian review
« Reply #26 on: May 27, 2020, 10:18:08 PM »
Leave the screw out.  You will have a little less hand tension.  You can adjust that with the coil spring if you need more.

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Re: EMF Great Western II Californian review
« Reply #27 on: May 27, 2020, 10:25:49 PM »
Didn't think of that... Thanks Abilene!! 
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Re: EMF Great Western II Californian review
« Reply #28 on: May 28, 2020, 10:28:49 AM »

PLUS ONE too Abilene   ;D

Medic15al,   Yep.  Abilene be spot on.  That tiny little screw is unnecessary.  In fact, I have several of them in the dust bunnies under my benches (Don't ask how that ever happened).

Neither Ruger nor Pietta use a retaining/tension screw for the coil spring.  The only consideration is to remove the Back Step carefully rather than just "ripping it off."  Going back to that flat spring on the hand is not so Bueno.

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Re: EMF Great Western II Californian review
« Reply #29 on: May 28, 2020, 11:01:58 AM »
Thanks Coffin!  I appreciate y'all taking time to learn me on this. I was asking about the leaf due to ease of assembly, as I have neuropathy from being tied down too tight in hospital.

Gotta be honest, this was my first venture in the action and was terrified I was gonna mess up. Videos I watched all had the leaf spring in Colts and Piettas being shown.
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Re: EMF Great Western II Californian review
« Reply #30 on: May 28, 2020, 06:38:13 PM »

 :)  Medic15al   ;)

Not a problem.  Tip number one.  Get a small dish sort of thing (I use empty Cap Tins) and as you take it apart, put the screws in the small dish thingie.  Put the Bottom Back Strap screw in its hole.  Put the Main Spring Screw back in it's hole.  Put the screws for the Trigger and the Bolt IN THE PARTS as they are a different length.  Order up a "Lee's gunsmithing gunfighter spring set from Brownells.  Then set the OEM Mainspring back in the box.  Put the OEM Trigger/Bolt spring back in the box.  I also use a magnetic door sign, upside down on my bench to help keep track of small parts.  Do NOT get in a hurry.  Do NOT PANIC.  It's all fixable. 

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Re: EMF Great Western II Californian review
« Reply #31 on: July 27, 2020, 05:03:39 PM »
I just bought the Pietta Grande Californian. Nice gun. The lock up is very good. The action is very smooth. The grips are great. I found it to be a few ounces light compared to the Uberti Cattleman. One very disappointing thing is on firing the very first shot the color case hardening color blew off the frame at the forcing cone revealing bare metal. very noticeable. I guess I'll touch it up every now and again with some Birchwood Casey blue. For $660.00 gun I would expect better.

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Re: EMF Great Western II Californian review
« Reply #32 on: July 28, 2020, 09:12:39 AM »

I am somewhat miffed it the "Color Case" blowing "off"   I have never seen that!!  You got some pictures you could/would Share??

You would also be well served to contact EMF about the issue.  They may want the gun back and replace it.  Under Warranty.

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Re: EMF Great Western II Californian review
« Reply #33 on: July 28, 2020, 04:25:01 PM »
try to post some pics

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Re: EMF Great Western II Californian review
« Reply #34 on: July 29, 2020, 10:32:56 AM »

WOW!!  I am really amazed.  Even now that I have seen it.

More than ever, you REALLY NEED to send photos to EMF.  EMF is now owned by Pietta.  I would think they would be very interested in sending your sample example back to Pietta and send you and brandy new gun.

DO NOT "dab" it with cold blue if you wish to send it back.

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Re: EMF Great Western II Californian review
« Reply #35 on: July 30, 2020, 09:56:48 AM »
I contacted the dealer and he told me it was very normal. That the Case Hardening is a chemical wash and not a true color case hardening . He showed me some pictures of his guns and it looks be the way it is.

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Re: EMF Great Western II Californian review
« Reply #36 on: August 07, 2020, 07:21:06 AM »
Coffin, any tips on making the coil easier to deal with? I have nerve damage in my fangers and the Uberti with the tiny screw was a bit tense trying to get back in.

I have a special little screwdriver just for that. I magnetized the hell out of it, and now it the screw will stay put on the screwdriver until I can get the screw started.
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Re: EMF Great Western II Californian review
« Reply #37 on: August 13, 2020, 02:42:23 PM »
I contacted the dealer and he told me it was very normal. That the Case Hardening is a chemical wash and not a true color case hardening . He showed me some pictures of his guns and it looks be the way it is.

Pardon my saying so but that sounds like a bunch of B.S. !!  I have two Californians (older ones) and two GW2 Stainless.  Shot thousands through them with zero issue.
Call EMF direct or contact Pietta direct and explain issue. 
Also, I highly recommend you contact Nate Kiowa Jones ( a.k.a. Stevesgunz.com)

 

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