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45 ACP in Uberti SAA

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by wgf, May 30, 2013.

  1. wgf

    wgf Active Member

    I just tried out my new 45 ACP cylinder in my 7.5" Uberti SSA. It appears to function well. Ejecting the empty cases was a non event. I thought that might have been a draw back. I only shot 15 cartridges due to a time constraint. I am sure you can guess I added the new cylinder for the convenience of using the one type cartridge in two guns. Does anyone have any tips for using the 45 ACP in the SSA that may not be apparent at first? I fired 230 FMJ this time, I will normally use 200 gr lead swc.

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  2. DPris

    DPris Well-Known Member

    No tips, aside from not using a roll crimp if you handload, just use whatever comes closest to matching the point of aim.
    And SAA is correctly a Colt-only term, for future reference. :)
  3. StrawHat

    StrawHat Well-Known Member

    I have a two cylinder SAA from Italy also. In mine, I like the 255 grain cast lead bullets, usually Lyman 454190 or 454424. I am also working with the RCBS 270 SWC but have not yet been to the range with those loads. I got mine from a fellow who added the cylinder to unload ACP rounds too weak to work his 1911! My other ACPs are a Model 25-2 and a converted Model 28-2 so I don't have the same issues.

    Finding a load to hit to the same point of aim is going to be the challenge.
  4. wgf

    wgf Active Member

    I should have said SAA copy.
    The 230 FMJs were store bought reloads and hit point of aim. I will look try out my 1911 loads as soon as I can, they may hit a little low. I'll check out the Hand loading forum for other suggestions that may work better for the 1911 and the SSA.
  5. joecil

    joecil Well-Known Member

    I have a Uberti/Cimarron 7.5" barrel SAA also with the 45 ACP cylinder. It has worked well with no problems now for over a year and I shot more 45 ACP than 45 Colt at the range with it.
  6. DPris

    DPris Well-Known Member

    Remember- Only YOU can prevent forest fires, and only COLT manufactures the Single Action Army...
  7. wgf

    wgf Active Member

    Do the 45 ACP seem to be as accurate as the 45 Colt? I have heard the have a longer jump to the forcing cone is a detriment.
  8. DPris

    DPris Well-Known Member

    No absolutes, you just have to try & see what happens.
  9. barnetmill

    barnetmill Well-Known Member

    If you reload remember loads intended for the longer .45 colt revolver case tend to use more power to the achieve the same velocities that lesser charges will get in the shorter .45 ACP case. Some mixed up load combinations could generate very high pressures.
  10. cpt-t

    cpt-t Well-Known Member

    wgf: I have been shooting a 45 cal Ruger blackhawk Convertible since 1971. And I have used the ACP cylinder quite often. I find the 45 acp shoots about 1 higher than the 45 LC at 25 yards. I think you will really like shooting you 45 ACP cylinder and be very glad you bought. If I could help you any way, I would be happy to do so.
  11. wgf

    wgf Active Member

    Thanks for all the good info. I am going to shoot some of my 45ACP reloads as soon as possible. I appreciate the encouraging reports.
  12. Maj Dad

    Maj Dad Well-Known Member

  13. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    I don't believe USFA is making anything now except the Zip Gun.


    All SAA production has been stopped to concentrate on Zip Guns.

  14. Gary A

    Gary A Well-Known Member

    I admit to not being the most knowledgeable or the smartest guy in the world, but that is the strangest development I think I have ever seen in a firearms company. To drop high quality single-actions for that. Just inexplicable, to me.

    There just has to be more to the story, though I can't imagine what it is.
  15. DPris

    DPris Well-Known Member

    The Single Action Army is a Colt trademark.
    No other maker can legitimately label a copy as such.
    There are other single actions, but no other Single Action Army.

    Calling a clone an SAA displays a beginner's lack of knowledge.
    To continually refer to a clone as an SAA displays laziness. :)

    We get all uptight & indignant whenever anybody calls a magazine a clip, the same correctitude should apply here.

    And, USFA plans to resume their revolvers in two years, but I seriously doubt it'll happen.
    The Zipper is all that's left right now.
  16. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    Actually, USFA's were available as .45 convertibles.

    I know it's technically incorrect, I will drive Denis mad and probably be called a hypocrite by others for my position on other terminology issues but I have no problem calling the replicas "SAA". That is, as long as we know we're not talking about a Colt. If it's branded Uberti, Pietta, EMF, Cimarron, Dixie Gun Works, Taylor's or USFA we know it's a replica. Maybe it is laziness but it's easier for everyone to "know what I mean" than trying to remember all the little names the manufacturers and importers come up with to call their SAA replicas. No different from calling all the variouis 1911-style pistols "1911", regardless of brand. The design has transcended its original maker.

    There are also those who believe that "clone" is a biological term and should not be applied to replicas. :neener:
  17. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    As far as nomenclature goes, I don't think calling off brand single action revolvers "SAAs" is as bad as the common practice of referring to every autopistol with Colt/Browning lockwork as a "1911."
  18. DPris

    DPris Well-Known Member

    That would be "mad-ER", not just mad. :)

    I'm not suggesting trying to remember every single-action non-Colt by its name, just suggesting the use of "Uberti SA" or "Uberti single-action".
    Or Pietta single-action, or whatever.

    Easy & correct, instead of making every non-Ruger a "Single Action Army" generic.

  19. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

  20. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    You know I have to seize opportunities to do a little ribbing. My favorite sixgun manufacturer is dead, you could at least humor me a little.....for pity's sake if nothing else. :neener:

    I agree with you on principle. We definitely need to be specific about 'who' made the dang thing but "Uberti single action" is way too vague. You know how many different models of Colt replicas as well as non-Colt replicas they make. While "Uberti SAA" is much more specific, for we know what model is being referenced.

    What gripes me is when Rugers are referred to as "SAA". As if it were the generic term for all single actions.

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