Uberti single actions with brass frames?


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Nameless_Hobo
July 19, 2008, 11:52 PM
As of late, I've had the itch for a single action .357 sporting a 7.5 inch barrel.

Looking over Uberti's stuff, they've got a couple brass framed models cheaper than their steel models.
Now, I've got a brass framed blackpowder pistol, so I know that brass tends to get messed up shooting full power loads, but with these, the backstrap is steel.
So, coming to my question, does the brass frame suffer from any weakness?
I mean, will I wear it out faster than a with a steel frame? I load a fairly mild .357 load....

I'll probably buy a steel frame, but I'd still like to know about the brass.

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Bezoar
July 20, 2008, 01:01 AM
sure they arent brass PLATED? makes no sense to make a gun like you describe, way to much liability issues with lawyers.
but ya never know.

461
July 20, 2008, 01:51 AM
The Brass is only the grip frame, not the actual frame like some of the black powder guns. The grip frame won't cause any issues, lots of them in use in custom single actions.

BlkHawk73
July 20, 2008, 09:09 AM
461 is correct. Worry not about the brass grip frames giving up the farm. Ruger shipped thier SBH's with brass grip frames years back. Have done but one brass gripped conversion but more will follow

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y36/BlkHawk73/Ruger/DSC00880.jpg

cpirtle
July 21, 2008, 03:40 PM
Brass is not as strong as aluminum or steel as it is considerably more malleable, but for shooting light to moderate 38/357 it is fine.

It would probably hold up to a semi-regular dose of heavy 357's but not sure you'd want to subject the gun to those anyway.

ArmedBear
July 21, 2008, 04:07 PM
Colt clones (and Rugers, etc.) have separate grip frames and main frames.

http://www.ubertireplicas.com/tecniche/pistols_revolver/SACattlemanRevolver1%5B1%5D.jpg

The only brass parts are #8 and #26 (aka the backstrap and trigger guard). The frame of the revolver, Part #1, is steel. That's the primary structural component of this revolver design.

I have the Cattleman 4 3/4" in Millenium finish with a brass grip frame, in .357.
http://www.uberti.com/firearms/images/1873_cattleman_hombre_nm_matte.jpg

I have no qualms about shooting whatever I want in it, as often as I want to. Note that .357 in a SAA leaves a lot of extra steel, so the cylinder, especially, is stronger than a .45LC. The outside dimensions are the same as a .45, only the bores are smaller.

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