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1858 pietta

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by mjsdwash, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. mjsdwash

    mjsdwash Well-Known Member

    Hello everyone. Right now cabelas is doing another sale, and im thinking of getting one of the pietta 1858s. I was wondering if anyone here has any experience with the durability of the pistols? Im specifically wondering if anyone has any issues with frame cracking, or mechanical wear, cylinder timing? Ive scene the older colt clones have this type of issue. Thanks.
  2. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    IMHO, every bit as good as Uberti. It's no Ruger ROA, but it ain't supposed to be, it's a replica. Mine's quite accurate, very strong design if not Ruger strong, lighter than the ROA (I have one of those, too) and mine has a 5.5" barrel which I LOVE! The ones on sale now, the ones I looked at anyway, are all longer barrel guns, and that's OK, but when I got my shorty, I was specifically WANTING the short barrel. It's good enough that I no longer desire a 5" fixed sight ROA, put it that way. Be nice if it were stainless, but now I'm getting REAL picky. :D
  3. dogrunner

    dogrunner Well-Known Member

    I purchased my first Pietta from Cabela's in the early 90's, they had a sale going, I had a few bucks that I guess I didn't care much about so I thought WTH, can't be much, a 90 buck revolver, but thought I'd give it a try............First surprise was when I opened the box..........nice looking, good blue job, good timing. Rifling was well done and the trigger not bad at all. Second surprise was when I stoked it with holy black the first time............damned thing would outshoot my S&W at about 20 yards!.........That gun is still in my safe, it still goes along on my yearly ML hunts and I hope when I'm gone that someone else appreciates it as much as I have!

    As with anything else, you'll on occasion hear of some problem with the things, but that's the nature of any mechanical device....all I can add is that mine has been trouble free for years and was truly an exceptional value.
  4. raa-7

    raa-7 Well-Known Member

    I have one but I havent owned it long enough to really put any wear on it,tho I like to shoot it whenever I get the chance to.Like MCgunner said,,it's no Rugger OA(Rugers are Tanks) but its built strong and with quality.Having the steel frame and top strap makes for a strong revolver for sure. From what I've researched about them before I actually bought one,made me get one because at first I was a little reluctant buying one because of the prices.I mean lets face it you get what you pay for rgt? But when I read all I could about them I got one and I'm very pleased with it.It shoots more accurately than I thought it would,in fact it surprised me.I have read quite a few times about how much better these reproduction revolvers are built these days and wouldnt hesitate to get another.
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2012
  5. Majes

    Majes Well-Known Member

    I bought one in 2011 and another in 2012, they are both very tight F&F. The 2011 seemed a bit better than the 2012 but I think it's down to luck of the draw to be honest.

    Ya get some real nice ones from Uberti and Pietta, then ya might get a dud. Good thing is Cabala's will work with ya if ya do get a dude.

    Worth the gamble in my experience.
  6. TomADC

    TomADC Well-Known Member

  7. Rom828

    Rom828 Well-Known Member

    I've got a '58 in .44 that was made in 1994 I got at a gun show for fifty bucks that is my favorite shooter. Very sturdy and accurate. My newer ones (a few years old) seem to have lighter mainsprings thus easier to cock the hammer on. A '58 is perfect to learn on, better sights, comes apart easy and you'll get to learn the internal parts when you have to clean it. The Colt clones are great too, but dealing with the cylinder wedge can be intimidating for beginners.
  8. YumaKid

    YumaKid Well-Known Member

    Have two, one each with 8" and 5-1/2" barrels. Shoot them exclusively.

    Okay not exclusively; but the smokeless firearms spend a LOT less time sending lead downrange.
  9. mjsdwash

    mjsdwash Well-Known Member

    so they sound pretty good then, i guess ill give it a shot, thank you for all of your replies
  10. Gaucho Gringo

    Gaucho Gringo Well-Known Member

    I have two of the Pietta 1858 Remingtons. The one I bought new about 8 years ago, the other I bought used about five. the one I bought new I put a Kirst conversion cylinder in it, the other I shoot as it was intended. Neither one of them has given me any problems. The one I bought new I backed off the main spring adjustment screw in the grip which contrary to popular lore works fine like it is supposed to do on my gun. Go ahead and buy one.
  11. eddiegun

    eddiegun Active Member

    I have a Pietta 1858 NMA that I bought at Cabelas about a year and a half ago. I have fired about 800 rounds through her. No issue's. It's still hard to believe that a firearm of this quality could be purchased for $170 in 2011-2012.
  12. mykeal

    mykeal Well-Known Member

    Does anyone else wonder what he's talking about here?
  13. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    Yeah. Never heard of steel frame guns with premature wear, maybe overloaded brassers. I had THAT problem, but I didn't know any better back then than just to stuff it full of fffg and go for it, .44 navy, too.

    I must say, while the Colts point well, I do prefer the Remmies for shooting beyond point shooting ranges. The sights tend to be better regulated and they tend to better accuracy in my experience. I think they make better guns for the beginner, and yeah, I gave 170 from Cabela's for mine last year and I, too, find it hard to figure how one can get such quality for that price. It's really impressive and NO, I'm not complaining. :D I'd urge the beginner to buy a steel framed gun. I got that steel framed remmy for a brass framed price. Amazing.
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2012
  14. I've had one for several years, when I first got it I didn't know what I was doing so I loaded each cylinder with 45gr of powder (150% power) and shot it like that for awhile...:eek:...then started using pyrodex 30gr pellets. No issues whatsoever! I love it, I want to get a 5 1/2" bbl version and make an old-west cowboy rig so I can walk around the house actin' like an outlaw!lol Here's a pic of a holster I made for a friends 1858

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  15. Logan5579

    Logan5579 Active Member

    I bought two back in 2005, an 8 inch and a 5 and half inch, still shoot them and no problems at all. Take care of the gun and it will take care of you if you ever need it to.
  16. Rom828

    Rom828 Well-Known Member

    The only down side I can think of on the Remington clones is they foul up faster than the Colts.
  17. damoc

    damoc Well-Known Member

    i could not help but reply to this they dont foul if loaded correctly

    ive got a 58 pietta and im pretty sure im into the thousands and shooting stiff loads
    with no problems
  18. mjsdwash

    mjsdwash Well-Known Member

    what i meant was cylinders coming out of timing. Or small parts breaking. A colt 51 i bought cheap tended to have the cylinder spin free after it got a little dirty. Since ive never used a 1858, im just wondering about the parts quality, and tolerance to a lot of use. I think you pretty well answered the question thou, and ive already order the gun and am just waiting for it to get to the store. $197 otd, It really looks like fun. The tulalip, wa cabelas dosent stock them thou, so i have to wait.
  19. mitchz

    mitchz Well-Known Member

    The onlything I can add to the previos posts is if you can, go stainless. All of the pietta/uberti replicas are of very good quality, durability and accuracy. But the stainless versions are so much more fun to shoot because they are so much more aesy to clean at the range and at the end of the day.
  20. Rom828

    Rom828 Well-Known Member

    Without cleaning it 'cause it's to gummed up to shoot? I don't think so.

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