I know their .22's are very cheaply made and do break down quite often. I can't speak for their .45's.
September 15, 2011, 10:17 PM
My experience with low end SAA copies has revolved around timing. If the forcing cone is large to the point of shoving a catridge way into it and wiggling the darn thing, it was done to compensate for imperfect manufacture. The bullets enter the barrel off center and you see egg shaped or full key holes.
I tend to think this is on the front rather than the back end of manufacture. The simplest check I know of is to remove the cylinder and slide a cartridge into the barrel. If much of the case sinks in its sloppy. You can also ask if the shop has a field timing gauge and ask them to check it.
My experiences with Colt, J.P. Sauer and Uberti have been positive. You have an endorsement for Pietta (above). Hawes and Herter's were Sauers. I'd be tempted to look at the used stuff on the auction sites. I can also endorse the Virginian Dragoon and Ruger of course. With Ruger service is never an issue.
September 15, 2011, 10:29 PM
I had a Heritage .22lr/.22mag and 45LC come through the store a couple of weeks ago.
The .22lr/mag does look cheaply made, but functions quite well. The safety is what actually makes it look cheap, but it runs just as well as a Ruger single six.
The .45LC version looks, feels, and shoots just as well as any other single action 45 out there.
Heritage even sells their own line of holsters which are really nice. I ended up buying the .22lr/mag holster for my Ruger single six and it fits perfectly.
September 16, 2011, 12:52 AM
I've got the Heritage "Rough Rider" 6-shot .22/.22Magnum, and it's worked very well, so far. It has an investment cast frame, a la Ruger, but everything else is steel, and it feels pretty solid. The safety is unusual on a single action revolver, but works as it's supposed to. These are made here in the USA, which is another point in their favor. They are the same size frame as a Ruger Single Six, and holsters for one will fit the other. Heritage also makes a .32 H&R Magnum revolver on the same size frame.
The Heritage Big Bore single actions in .357 Magnum and .45 Colt are assembled here, but the component parts are manufactured in Italy by Pietta. I'd call them comparable to the Uberti Cattleman line of traditional SAA type revolvers. They look like fair quality for the price, but I'd hesitate loading them up with handloads labeled "Ruger Only." To be fair, I wouldn't shoot the hot loads in a traditional Colt SAA, either.
September 16, 2011, 12:46 PM
What do you know about Heritage Arms?
The .22lr/22 wmr version is made out of cheaper matrials.
Their bigger bore revolvers are fine. Buy it if you like it.
September 16, 2011, 01:06 PM
again, not very well made... we stopped carrying them because too many came back with problems
September 16, 2011, 02:52 PM
I bought a Heritage .22LR/.22WMR last week, fired over 1,000 rounds out of it so far and no issues, I think it's built very well.
September 18, 2011, 03:15 PM
Thanks!! I think I'm leaning towards the Ruger.
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