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trade Smith 28 for Ruger Old Army?

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Fat Boy, Oct 23, 2008.

  1. Fat Boy

    Fat Boy Well-Known Member

    I have for a while been thinking about a black powder revolver. I have never owned/fired one, but from what I have read, I like the concept. Please help me if I have some of this wrong....
    1. I can cast my own ammunition from various sources of lead? fairly easily and inexpensively

    2. I can actually concoct black powder, as opposed to buying it

    3. Buying components for shooting this gun is much cheaper than buying, say .45 long colt ammunition for a cartridge gun

    I know there are other considerations, but I wanted to start here. I am thinking of trading an old model 28 I have on a blue steel Ruger old army my local shop has...I would appreciate any thoughts you would share...

  2. Voodoochile

    Voodoochile Well-Known Member

    1) Yes you can get Lead from different sources but one place I suggest is Tire shops & get their Adhesive Wheel Weights because they are relatively cheap & are real close to Pure Lead compared to the Clip on variety.

    2) Yes you can make your own Black Powder by following the recipe that many here use & just buying your supplies to manufacture it from various sources but unless you have patience, a little experience with the powder in general, & are real careful, I would suggest you wait on that.

    3) Yes & is a whole lot more fun too.
    On average my per shot ratio is $.20 a shot & that is using 30gr. FFFG Goex, Remington #11's & what little I may buy in Lead to cast my own Conicals & Balls.
  3. BHP FAN

    BHP FAN Well-Known Member

    Better get the ROA.They are no longer being produced.
  4. Smokin_Gun

    Smokin_Gun Well-Known Member

    Show me a Pic of the Model 28 S&W...how much do you concider the 28 to be worth?

  5. mykeal

    mykeal Well-Known Member

    Neither is the Model 28 Smith.
  6. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Well-Known Member

    Considering you can get a new Pietta or used Uberti BP revolver for just over $200, I would keep the m28. The ROA price is on the high side, lots of them on gunbroker with no sales, their price well come down. You can get into a brass frame BP for under $200. Try it and see if you like it, some folks don't.
  7. Fat Boy

    Fat Boy Well-Known Member

    Smokin Gun: I don't have a picture of the 28 available; it is a 4" "pre-28", gun (made prior to stamping the model 28 in the frame)...I think Georgia State Patrol weapon? I would think it is worth around $400.
  8. gru556

    gru556 Active Member

    I would keep the 28 depending on my collection and save for the ROA I like all cb but the ROA is something else I have 2 and have a blast with them Took some time to really figure out how to shoot them
  9. 1858rem

    1858rem Well-Known Member

    im shootin at about 10.5 cents/ shot with 30g pyro p an a rb (i bought a box of 1000 #10 cci primers for $30 which helps on cost) cast bullits cost me about 1.2 cents each. i am finding out reloading 45 colt may be even cheaper ~7 cents each.... if you ever decide on a conversion later. go with the ROA for sure
  10. 1858rem

    1858rem Well-Known Member

    depending on how much you shoot though it might not be worth making the bp... say less then 900 shots/yr@ about 3-mebbe4lbs of powder about 50-60$.... probably dont bother with anything fancy. it it fun to see what you can do if you do try it though.
  11. BHP FAN

    BHP FAN Well-Known Member

    Good commercial grade 3 f pistol powder goes for $8.00 to $12.00 for a pound.Homemade powder still has to be ''corned'',meshed and graded.For survivalist purposes,it's good to know how,but it's really not cost effective.
  12. BHP FAN

    BHP FAN Well-Known Member

    The REAL saveings is when you get into casting you own projectiles...which,while we're on the subject ,you can get a conversion cylinder for the Ruger to shoot cartridges,but you can't get a black powder cylinder for the Smith and Wesson.
  13. Smokin_Gun

    Smokin_Gun Well-Known Member

    Fat Boy sound advice was given:
    I do have an 1858 Pietta I'd sell ya ta get into it all in good condition.
    a cosmetic on the grip, and a whitend front post site. $200 shipped to you, USPS M.O. to me.

  14. the-ghost

    the-ghost Well-Known Member

    that s&w 28 is a highway patrol model. if it were me i keep it, its a fine piece.

    the roa is a great gun, the prices people are trying to get for them aren't however. as stated above the prices will come down on them.
  15. 1858rem

    1858rem Well-Known Member

    i want some powder for 8-12 bucks a lb! where!? cheapest i can find is 14$/lb with a 10 lb order min shipped an hazmat included or do you buy local? i agree about roa's being overpriced... but they dont make 'em anymore too, you could always reload bp into the 28's cartridges if'n ya wanna lol
  16. arcticap

    arcticap Well-Known Member

  17. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    I'd keep the Model 28 and buy a used ROA.

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