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Old 12-31-2017, 10:39 PM
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Anyone else shooting one?

Finally found a good deal on one locally. Been looking for quite a while.

Took it to the range today. Worked my way up to 45 gr volume Triple 777 FFg with a lubed wad and 145 gr lead round ball. Accuracy at 25 yards was very impressive.

Think I found the sweet spot.

I'm digging this new blaster
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Got one, haven't shot it in years.

God children's Grandfather (Clements Custom Guns) makes them into .50's... has great things to say about them.


They are hard to beat.
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I am down to four.....ROAs....SS 7.5...Blue....7.5...SS 5.5...Blue...5.5....the SS 7.5 I have been shooting since 1974....has never needed parts replaced....many thousands of round ball down range.....have a somewhat rare set of Lee molds that cast a hollow point slug...
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Got a stainless one, 7.5 inch, moulds, powder, caps, loading stand, tools, and haven't shot mine in years, either.

Supposed to be some beryllium bronze nipples for it that are much better than Ruger's, but have never actually found anybody selling 'em.
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I'm still enjoying my Pietta's though do keep an eye on used Ruger OA prices on gunbroker. Might snag one at the right price but not actively looking for one.
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I got an Old Army sometime in the 80's, shot it a lot. Great gun. My son "claimed" it, shot it a lot, and said it would not cycle, broken springs?, sometime in early 2000's. Have not tried it since. Cannot find a gun smith in Portland, OR, area that will work on it. If any one knows of a good gun smith in Portland, OR area that will work on it please let me know. I want all my guns in working order before I join my wife, and I also want to shoot the heck out of it again before I go.
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I got an Old Army sometime in the 80's, shot it a lot. Great gun. My son "claimed" it, shot it a lot, and said it would not cycle, broken springs?, sometime in early 2000's. Have not tried it since. Cannot find a gun smith in Portland, OR, area that will work on it. If any one knows of a good gun smith in Portland, OR area that will work on it please let me know. I want all my guns in working order before I join my wife, and I also want to shoot the heck out of it again before I go.
Ruger has started selling the Old Army again. Might give them a call to see if they will fix yours.
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I got an Old Army sometime in the 80's, shot it a lot. Great gun. My son "claimed" it, shot it a lot, and said it would not cycle, broken springs?, sometime in early 2000's. Have not tried it since. Cannot find a gun smith in Portland, OR, area that will work on it. If any one knows of a good gun smith in Portland, OR area that will work on it please let me know. I want all my guns in working order before I join my wife, and I also want to shoot the heck out of it again before I go.
Depending on how mechanically inclined you are, you might be able to view the exploded diagram in the owners manual. Any parts that you're unable to obtain from Ruger may be available from Numrich. I buggered up the pawl spring on mine and had to order a replacement.

https://www.gunpartscorp.com/search#...r%20old%20army

https://www.ruger.com/service/productHistory.html


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Ruger has started selling the Old Army again. Might give them a call to see if they will fix yours.
I've heard the rumor that they're selling the OA again. I'm unable to find anything that supports it though.
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Contact Ruger about repairs.
At worst they will tell you no, at best they will fix it free.
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ROA's are great guns, I owned a couple, but too expensive these days. A good replica Remington 1858 by Pietta or Uberti is almost as good at 1/3 of the price.
My Pietta 5 1/2 barrel hits a 8 1/2 x 11 paper at 50 yards to point of aim most every shot (if I miss it's me and not the revolver), with 30 gr volume Pyrodex and round ball. Very consistant and no problems.
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I picked one up for a fair price last weekend,serial # comes out made in 77.few handling marks but don't look like it had ever been fired..I can assure you it has been fired now.I've wanted one for years,kinda gave up on ever getting one since they fetch a crazy price,I feel I got a good deal for a well used one,and this one is next to new..
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The Ruger Old Army is the best cap & ball revolver ever made.

Great article on Grant Cunningham's site by Ed Harris has good info:

http://www.grantcunningham.com/2012/...der-revolvers/

Lee 250-grain R.E.A.L. and 30 grains of Pyrodex P in the Ruger Old Army develops 900 fps, about like the .45 Colt factory load, and is effective on deer at short range.

With the heavier bullet you need to fit a higher front sight to obtain a good zero.
The 200-grain Lee R.E.A.L. and 35 grains of Pyrodex P also shoots high, but is much closer to point of aim with the factory sights and is a viable alternate choice.
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John Taylor Machine in Puyallup, WA works on Rugers.
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Ordered a 200 grain R.E.A.L bullet mold figure for little over 20 bucks I'll give it a try,I've always preferred RB in rifle,and never tried anything other then RB in revolvers,no pyrodex for me I've tried it and didn't much care for it,I stick with good honest black powder,it's tuff to get but luckely there is a gunshop about 75 miles from me that sells BP.
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I have one and shoot it sometimes. Great pistol.

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