Reproduction Revolver Problems


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rodwha
March 18, 2013, 06:13 PM
It seems that I often hear how Uberti Colt's suffer from a short arbor and need some work to fix them up.

Is this with all of their guns made in Colt models?

Is it found in all models of Colt's?

I've read how good the Pietta guns have become, and wonder if it would be better to opt for one of theirs if/when I want an 1851 or 1860.

I'm quite interested in the Uberti 1862 Pocket Police/Navy, and I can't say that I've heard of an arbor problem. Instead it seems to suffer from frequent cap jams.

I'm also in need of a Walker. Do these also have arbor problems? Any problems?

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gunner69
March 18, 2013, 08:32 PM
I have the Pietta 1862 and really like it. It is built on the 1851, not the smaller 1849 frame, and gets six shots at the ready. It's an improvement that Sam Colt didn't dream up.:D

unknwn
March 18, 2013, 11:07 PM
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"I'm also in need of a Walker. Do these also have arbor problems? Any problems? "

I'm afraid, that you are exhibiting signs of, that you may have got "it" real bad....

none of "it" is of any real problem unless... , you happen to be married or otherwise attached to a significant other that prefers to not understand this "need" for Walkers or any of the other dozen or so major variations of 19th century reproduced firearms.
There is also the possibility of withdrawal symptoms if you you are also afflicted with the "low-to-no funds" problem.

repawn
March 19, 2013, 12:41 AM
A sample size of one would say there isn't a problem. I have an Uberti 1851 London with an arbor that is perfectly sized - mine was made in 2010 if that helps.
To be honest I went with Uberti because of all the negative I read about Pietta.

To be sure you could purchase a Cimmaron.

EljaySL
March 19, 2013, 12:54 AM
From my reading it's a gun-to-gun thing but it's common and can happen in any model. That issue aside Pietta and Uberti have very similar quality levels right now (individual ones from either company being nicer or not - there's overlap), so given the cost difference if both companies make a particular model the Pietta's clearly the better deal.

Dellbert
March 19, 2013, 03:31 AM
I have guns made by both and you could get a bad gun from either company when mail order. I got lucky with the half dozen Peittas I ordered from Cabelas all of them are good pistols right out of the boxs. All the Ubertis I've bought are good to go right out of the box but I was lucky there to. I got them from a gun shop in town. That made it easyer cause I was able to work them and look them over befour buying them. When buying and having them shipped to you it's a crap shoot you get a good one or you don't. Sometime a store bought gun can mess up befour you shot a whole cyclinder full. Most of them are in great shape.

rodwha
March 19, 2013, 09:18 AM
"none of "it" is of any real problem unless... , you happen to be married or otherwise attached to a significant other that prefers to not understand this "need" for Walkers or any of the other dozen or so major variations of 19th century reproduced firearms.
There is also the possibility of withdrawal symptoms if you you are also afflicted with the "low-to-no funds" problem."

And I'm struck by them both!
It took months of "What do you want for Christmas?", to which my reply was, "I need a .50 cal rifle." And she would come up with a dozen other things, to which my reply was, "I don't need that. What I need is a .50 cal rifle." After a couple of months she finally asked what it was that I needed so badly. :D

rodwha
March 19, 2013, 09:19 AM
And I do have it bad! There's so many that I need!

EljaySL
March 19, 2013, 06:48 PM
Heh. I pretty much get black powder stuff for Christmas - send her the link, she buys it, everybody's happy. Lately it's been a long gun for Christmas, a pistol/revolver for birthday, and counting on the fact that all the revolvers look alike to her to sneak in extras. Shh!

Anyway, getting back to the point, one thing I should have said since OP asked about it specifically is that my Uberti Walker's arbor is fine. Purchased a couple of months ago when Cabela's or Dixie had a great sale, I forget which.

So far I've been lucky but I definitely do whatever tests I can before even wiping the surface oil off, and proceed with the idea that I might have to return it.

Noz
March 21, 2013, 11:04 AM
I prefer Piettas.
I had several Ubertis with short arbors.
Sold them and replaced them with Piettas.
Did the Pettifogger conversions and hav pistols that will last me for the rest of my life.

rcflint
March 21, 2013, 12:46 PM
Although Pietta quality is very improved, every time I work on one I'm glad I bought Ubertis. Though the fit and finish of the Piettas has improved, the inside parts are not, and the metal is still softer than Uberti's.

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