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Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by achysklic, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. achysklic

    achysklic Active Member

    I want to buy a black powder pistol from cabelas I want the best model or bang for the buck ratio.. maybe a 1858 or 1860?
  2. junkman_01

    junkman_01 member

    Either is a wonderful choice. We all have our preferences. Mine happens to be the 1860 Colt (although I do own a 1858 Remington also).
  3. napp

    napp Well-Known Member

    There is always a third choice. I went through the same decision making process as you are doing. I ordered the 1858 Remington. Two days later I had second thoughts. Within a few days, I had one of each. :)
  4. Foto Joe

    Foto Joe Well-Known Member

    1860 is by far the purtiest gun Mr. Colt ever made!!! But...so far I don't have one and that has to be fixed when I get out of BP re-hab, probably around April. Apparently the smoke affected my brain cells which in turn put a strain on my bank account. This of course is not my opinion.

    I did manage to obtain a '62 Police and a '60 Sheriff before I had myself voluntarily committed.
  5. WALKERs210

    WALKERs210 Well-Known Member

    This is a kin to eating potato chips, no one can eat just one !!! Same thing with the revolvers, you get one and then well just one more. Before you know it you have everything from a 51' 36cal to a Walker 44 along with the three model Dragoons. Then you have to be careful cause there are rifles and shotguns that can temp you just as much.
  6. mykeal

    mykeal Well-Known Member

    Rodgers & Spencer.
  7. BHP FAN

    BHP FAN Well-Known Member

    Everyone knows that the Remington was the finest black powder revolver ever made until the Ruger came along, and it's STILL prettier.
  8. junkman_01

    junkman_01 member

    Ah, but remember...beauty is in the eye of the beholder!
  9. napp

    napp Well-Known Member

    That explains why every time I "be holding" one it's so hard to put it down and walk away. :uhoh:
  10. BullRunBear

    BullRunBear Well-Known Member

    If you can handle them before buying, do so. They are both fine revolvers but have rather different feel/balance. I prefer the Colt 1860 to the Remington but others, who are almost as smart and good looking, like the 1858. ;) Also, go for the steel frame models (brass trigger guard is OK). I have both guns and they are a pleasure to shoot.

    Let us know which you choose. (Maybe both?)

  11. mykeal

    mykeal Well-Known Member

    Rodgers & Spencer.

    Did I mention the Rodgers & Spencer?
  12. BHP FAN

    BHP FAN Well-Known Member

  13. BHP FAN

    BHP FAN Well-Known Member

  14. mykeal

    mykeal Well-Known Member

    Yep. Cheaper. :evil:

    Sorry, that wasn't nice. ;)
  15. achysklic

    achysklic Active Member

    so the 1860 is a colt reproduction and the 1858 is a rem. repro. correct?

    When I buy one should I get the starter kit or buy what I need seperately?

    I am leaning more toward the 1860 but the 1858 looks more sturdy built.

    I hate decisions, if i hadn't just bought a new xdm 3.8 compact I would have got both...lol
  16. mykeal

    mykeal Well-Known Member

    In a word, yes.
    The starter kits are generally not the least expensive way to acquire accessories; purchasing just what you need separately is usually a better idea.
    There is an ongoing debate about that impression. Both are great designs and have endured for over a hundred years. Treat them like you should and either will last longer than you will be alive. Abuse them and neither will last long.
  17. holl

    holl Member

    I just made this same decision at Cabelas a few weeks ago. I had to go there and hold them both to find out which felt better. For me the 1860 felt much better in my hand. I suggest you do the same. Or, one of each I believe they are still both on sale on their web site for $199! $400 for two is not a bad deal!
  18. TheBigAR2003

    TheBigAR2003 Well-Known Member

    I got the remmy for my first bp pistol
    Little stronger due to top strap and the sights are
    easier to see than a colts
    little more of a pain to clean but not too bad
    but the 1860 is much more visually appealing and will
    be my next bp purchase
  19. Noz

    Noz Well-Known Member

    Try them before you buy!! If you have a cowboy club nearby, go to a shoot and see if therre is anyone shooting the cap and ball guns. Some areas have more of us that others. If there is a Frontiersman there haunt him and get him to let you shoot his guns.

    There is a huge difference in the feel and handling of the various guns.

    For me: The Remington has a geometry that makes it uncomfortable for me to reach the hammer.
    Frontiersmen must shoot one handed.
    1851/1861s grip is too small for my ham hands.
    The 1860 Army is just right.
    Even within the 1860 Armys I find that I prefer the grip shape of the Pietta more than the Uberti.
    I do take a belt grinder to the point on the bottom rear of the grip and reduce it by 1/4" or so, make it rounder.
  20. ClemBert

    ClemBert Well-Known Member

    Apples and Oranges. Both fruits...but which do you prefer? That's basically the analogous question you put in front of us. :neener:

    p.s. I much prefer oranges to eat raw or drink the juice from but I like apple pie better than orange pie.

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