.44 special single action.....?


the Black Spot
February 15, 2011, 09:34 PM
i am in a quandry, looking for a clone of a colt peacemaker in .44 special. any special place to get one?
thanks in advance.

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February 15, 2011, 10:30 PM
Ruger New Vaquero, US Arms, and any number of Italian imports.

February 15, 2011, 10:40 PM
I would consider a Ruger. While it is not a real accurate copy of the Colt design it uses coil springs and will give a lifetime of troublefree service. All of the clones and even the original Colt use flat leaf springs which you can pretty much count on replacing multiple times from breakage. I started out with Italian clone guns and loved them but they do eat springs. Springs are cheap and easy to replace though.

February 16, 2011, 06:50 AM
Uberti makes a decent clone of the Model P. It is dependable and will withstand a lifetime of use but not much abuse. What are your plans for this revolver? If it does not involve cowboy stunts, it should be fine.

The 44 Special is a good cartridge, and one that benefits much from handloading.

February 16, 2011, 07:56 AM
If you don't want a Colt ~ USFA is the next for top of the line in the traditional design.


Cimarron also has some to look at, have you considered a Bisley?:


Taylor will have some of the best prices:


I've had good luck buying off of Gunbroker

February 16, 2011, 10:37 AM
My Ruger Bisley Flattop with its 5-1/2" barrel is working out very well. Accurate and reliable with my .44 Special handloads.


I believe these are still available online at GunBroker and GunsAmerica.

February 16, 2011, 11:12 AM
The .44Spl is a regular production chambering for USFA. These are the best of the best. They are a better-made gun than Colt but cost less. Precision made on CNC machinery and final fit and finish rivals that of the best of the early guns.

Colt's are available by special order. Colt's are much better than previous 3rd generation iterations but they're still overpriced.

Uberti's are available in .44Spl through Cimarron, Dixie Gun Works and Taylor's. Very good guns for the money, under $500 with quite authentic. No funky transfer bar.

Ruger has New Vaquero's in .44Spl now as well. Great guns and tough but if you want a traditional action, no New Model Ruger will suffice.

the Black Spot
February 16, 2011, 01:54 PM
thanks all for the info. gun is not intended for cowboy use, just shooing and maybe short range (25 yard) hunting.

451 Detonics
February 16, 2011, 06:49 PM
The Ruger Flattop is hard to beat, these where a special run done for Lipsey and were built on the flattop .357 frame...mine isn't quite stock in finish but it does shoot like a dream.


February 16, 2011, 07:24 PM
451 detonics, that is a beautiful piece. Is that some of Doug Turnbull's work?

February 17, 2011, 05:44 PM
I have a USFA Rodeo in .45 Colt and love it. I still want a Colt SAA though, and I will get one at some point.

Spend the money and get a Colt or get a USFA Rodeo and spend about half of what the Colt costs. The better finished USFA SAA is comparable to the Colt in finish and price.

February 18, 2011, 12:56 AM
Even after the recent price increases, the USFA standard SAA is still less in cost than a comparable Colt by at least $200. It is also a better sixgun in every way. The only advantage the Colt has is the famous name, for those who put value on it. The USFA Pre-War model costs about what a Colt does and is vastly better, featuring finish work not seen on Colt SAA's since before WWII. Colt is doing a much better job in recent years and has reintroduced the New Frontier but they still can't get the chamber dimensions right on their .45's.

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