trade Smith 28 for Ruger Old Army?


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Fat Boy
October 23, 2008, 08:30 PM
I have for a while been thinking about a black powder revolver. I have never owned/fired one, but from what I have read, I like the concept. Please help me if I have some of this wrong....
1. I can cast my own ammunition from various sources of lead? fairly easily and inexpensively

2. I can actually concoct black powder, as opposed to buying it

3. Buying components for shooting this gun is much cheaper than buying, say .45 long colt ammunition for a cartridge gun

I know there are other considerations, but I wanted to start here. I am thinking of trading an old model 28 I have on a blue steel Ruger old army my local shop has...I would appreciate any thoughts you would share...

Thanks!

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Voodoochile
October 23, 2008, 08:55 PM
1) Yes you can get Lead from different sources but one place I suggest is Tire shops & get their Adhesive Wheel Weights because they are relatively cheap & are real close to Pure Lead compared to the Clip on variety.

2) Yes you can make your own Black Powder by following the recipe that many here use & just buying your supplies to manufacture it from various sources but unless you have patience, a little experience with the powder in general, & are real careful, I would suggest you wait on that.

3) Yes & is a whole lot more fun too.
On average my per shot ratio is $.20 a shot & that is using 30gr. FFFG Goex, Remington #11's & what little I may buy in Lead to cast my own Conicals & Balls.

BHP FAN
October 24, 2008, 01:52 AM
Better get the ROA.They are no longer being produced.

Smokin_Gun
October 24, 2008, 03:44 AM
Show me a Pic of the Model 28 S&W...how much do you concider the 28 to be worth?
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c277/Smokin_Gun/10-14-08_1138.jpg

SG

mykeal
October 24, 2008, 06:59 AM
Better get the ROA.They are no longer being produced.
Neither is the Model 28 Smith.

madcratebuilder
October 24, 2008, 07:53 AM
Considering you can get a new Pietta or used Uberti BP revolver for just over $200, I would keep the m28. The ROA price is on the high side, lots of them on gunbroker with no sales, their price well come down. You can get into a brass frame BP for under $200. Try it and see if you like it, some folks don't.

Fat Boy
October 24, 2008, 08:47 AM
Smokin Gun: I don't have a picture of the 28 available; it is a 4" "pre-28", gun (made prior to stamping the model 28 in the frame)...I think Georgia State Patrol weapon? I would think it is worth around $400.

gru556
October 24, 2008, 09:52 AM
I would keep the 28 depending on my collection and save for the ROA I like all cb but the ROA is something else I have 2 and have a blast with them Took some time to really figure out how to shoot them

1858rem
October 24, 2008, 11:24 AM
im shootin at about 10.5 cents/ shot with 30g pyro p an a rb (i bought a box of 1000 #10 cci primers for $30 which helps on cost) cast bullits cost me about 1.2 cents each. i am finding out reloading 45 colt may be even cheaper ~7 cents each.... if you ever decide on a conversion later. go with the ROA for sure

1858rem
October 24, 2008, 11:30 AM
depending on how much you shoot though it might not be worth making the bp... say less then 900 shots/yr@ about 3-mebbe4lbs of powder about 50-60$.... probably dont bother with anything fancy. it it fun to see what you can do if you do try it though.

BHP FAN
October 24, 2008, 02:53 PM
Good commercial grade 3 f pistol powder goes for $8.00 to $12.00 for a pound.Homemade powder still has to be ''corned'',meshed and graded.For survivalist purposes,it's good to know how,but it's really not cost effective.

BHP FAN
October 24, 2008, 02:56 PM
The REAL saveings is when you get into casting you own projectiles...which,while we're on the subject ,you can get a conversion cylinder for the Ruger to shoot cartridges,but you can't get a black powder cylinder for the Smith and Wesson.

Smokin_Gun
October 24, 2008, 03:15 PM
Fat Boy sound advice was given: Considering you can get a new Pietta or used Uberti BP revolver for just over $200, I would keep the m28.
I do have an 1858 Pietta I'd sell ya ta get into it all in good condition.
a cosmetic on the grip, and a whitend front post site. $200 shipped to you, USPS M.O. to me.
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c277/Smokin_Gun/09-16-08_1626.jpg
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c277/Smokin_Gun/09-16-08_1627.jpg
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c277/Smokin_Gun/09-16-08_1628.jpg

SG:cool:

the-ghost
October 24, 2008, 06:11 PM
that s&w 28 is a highway patrol model. if it were me i keep it, its a fine piece.

the roa is a great gun, the prices people are trying to get for them aren't however. as stated above the prices will come down on them.

1858rem
October 24, 2008, 10:14 PM
i want some powder for 8-12 bucks a lb! where!? cheapest i can find is 14$/lb with a 10 lb order min shipped an hazmat included or do you buy local? i agree about roa's being overpriced... but they dont make 'em anymore too, you could always reload bp into the 28's cartridges if'n ya wanna lol

arcticap
October 25, 2008, 03:28 AM
:) http://www.jackspowderkeg.com/ :)

4v50 Gary
October 25, 2008, 12:03 PM
I'd keep the Model 28 and buy a used ROA.

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