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Old November 14, 2013, 12:05 PM   #3576
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I thought I had posted this video before but it looks like I only posted a still from it. This is my snubnosed walker fired at night: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8oOi3Phbsc

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Old November 19, 2013, 03:32 PM   #3577
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Finally a Walker

I am now the proud owner of a Walker Finally I have the proper pistol to fondle when I watch The Outlaw Josey Wales or Lonesome Dove


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Old November 19, 2013, 04:10 PM   #3578
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Nice looking hog leg and leather there. Love the "cylinder in the white" like the originals. Did it come into your posession like that or did you remove the typical bluing on the cylinder?

Did you ever wonder exactly how Josey came by his two Walkers, since he was supposedly a Missouri farmer and Southern guerilla, and not an ex Texas Ranger Mexican War vet. That would have been an interesting backstory and flashback...maybe for "Josey Wales 2". Besides use of Walkers was not common during the ACW having been supplanted by 1860 Colt Army 44s and to some degree by the Dragoon model 44s made before the war, as well as 1851 Navy 36s.
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Old November 19, 2013, 05:32 PM   #3579
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I got it like that and was very happy about it. I knew the originals came this way and when I saw it posted I knew I was getting a used , modified gun. I am quite pleased with the trade I made . The screws are kinda buggered and there are some horrendous abuse around the wedge (but this was noted by the seller) Lockup is tight as is indexing. Bore and cylinder chambers are pristine. Seein as how my total investment is about $270.00 including shipping I am very satisfied. I have always wanted a Walker but just could not get the finances and timing right. When I contacted the seller and found out I had what he wanted to trade the deal was done and he actually sent me the Walker before I had confirmed that I had sent him the trade goods. I have a 3rd Model Dragoon and ROA's as well as various other stuff but there is a certain mystique about the way a Walker feels in the hand. Look how pretty she is though... she'll be even better when I make a set of burl walnut grips to dress her up further.
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Old November 19, 2013, 06:30 PM   #3580
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Welcome. BTW some older Utilizaralian Walkers were pretty close to the originals with the correct roll engraving on the white cylinder with the Colts patent panel, even the Colt NY address on the top of the barrel. I have acquired one of those thus far and another non Ubertireplica.
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Old November 19, 2013, 09:01 PM   #3581
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Like elhombreconnombre, I too often wondered about how Josie came to be carrying Walker's as his two main side arms. He had two other pistols in shoulder rigs--an 1860 Army and one of the pocket versions--I forget which.

The "Josie Wales" movie was one of the first civil war period movies that they made a pretty decent attempt to use mostly authentic period weapons. Of course they did throw in a few ringers like using 1873 Trapdoor Springfield's in a few scenes to represent 1863's--and the Gatling gun used was one of the later models from the 1870's

I do know that all the Cap and Ball revolvers used for the shooting sequences in the Josie Wales movie were specially constructed cartridge conversions to make filming easier--even the Walkers. Using cartridge blanks is just more practical and probably safer for movies most of the time.

They might use a non-converted replica for a close up, but for all the action sequences, they used the blank cartridge firing conversions.

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Old November 20, 2013, 12:29 PM   #3582
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I always figured Josey got his Walkers as battlefield pickups. There were a mess o Texians that fought in the late unpleasantness. Course I have also heard that Colt did make 100 extra guns for civilian sales so I guess it is conceivable that he bought his. Possibly a combination of circumstances.
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Old November 20, 2013, 09:17 PM   #3583
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Picked up a Uberti Walker a few weeks back plus a spare barrel and cylinder. Am having the spare barrel relined to 375 and the chambers sleeved partway to match so they will be sort of bottlenecked, full 45 at the rear and 375 at the mouth. We figure a 36 caliber Walker that will hold about twice the powder as a 1851 Navy does

Anyone ever done this played with the caliber necking it down? I have heard of bumping them up, to 475 or even 500, but not down
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Old November 21, 2013, 07:24 AM   #3584
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I imagine cleaning will be a bit of a chore with a bottlenecked chamber accessible only from the muzzle.

Never heard of anyone building a larger bored (or smaller) Walker. Not sure what the advantage would be.
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Old November 21, 2013, 09:03 AM   #3585
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I'm no expert but...

First, I'm thinkin' that there might just be some pressure issues using an explosive (Black Powder) that burns at a stable rate. I just keep getting visions of how a hand grenade works. Like I said, I could be wrong but for safety sake I personally would not hang on to the thing until it had been fired, i.e. proofed more than once.

Second, given that Black Powder does have a stable burn rate/speed then barrel length has a lot to do with velocity when the barrel is shorter than "X".

Sounds like an interesting experiment, just keep it safe start a new thread to let everybody know whether or not you just created the better mouse trap.
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Old November 21, 2013, 09:45 AM   #3586
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Not sure there is any "advantage" except to try something different and put more powder behind a 36. I'm figuring 50 grains anyway.

I doubt that snubby Walker is concealable easily but it looks fun, not everything in this hobby has to be practical
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Old November 21, 2013, 10:25 AM   #3587
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jaxenro
not everything in this hobby has to be practical
Never a truer statement uttered.
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Old November 28, 2013, 03:02 PM   #3588
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A Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving to all. Well, the addiction continues. Since my last post I have reacquired my old signature series Walker Colt, packed both revolvers to the Republic of Texas and emptied all twelve cylinders across the vast expanse of the North Concho River. Was down there to make a deer and a nilgai hunt, but not with the Walkers...................hmmmm. Deer? probably Nilgai? don't even think about it. Just back from a range session with the Colt/Colt. 50 grs of 777, felt wad, and #10 Rem caps. 4" group @ 25 yds, and as usual, about a foot high. Do any of you pistoleros do some serious filing with the front sight and the hammer notch to lower the oint of aim?
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Old December 1, 2013, 05:25 PM   #3589
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Not a new entry, just showin off upgrades

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Old December 4, 2013, 07:56 AM   #3590
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Ok, add me to the list !! It's been 25 yrs since I've owned a Walker. It's exciting all over again!!! It'll be my BIGGEST "45" of the bunch. Hopefuly the most accurate with a sight radius like that.
Oops, I'm using my phone and can't add a pic now. I'll edit this post this eve. with a pic.

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Old December 6, 2013, 01:36 PM   #3591
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We got two on the way!

Well, this is my first post here. My brother and I have been talking a lot lately about getting the 1847 Colt Walker. Well we both pulled the trigger at our favorite gun store last week, and ordered (2) of them. One for my brother and one for me. I am looking forward to being a proud owner of one of these BIG BOYS. Cant wait to do some shootin'. I have been lurking around this forum for a while and have learned quite a bit of the do's and don'ts in the care and feeding of the Walker. Looking forward to sharing my experiences with you all. Pictures will be posted here directly.
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Old December 8, 2013, 05:22 PM   #3592
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Over the past couple of Saturdays I have gone through the entire 145 pages of this thread. Yeah I know, simple minded for sure. Since it's colder than a banker's heart here in Montana territory, there'll be NO shooting until..........? April???? Nevertheless, I have found some real jewels of information on here; loading, gunsmithing, history, manufacturers, etc. What I haven't seen is a membership update. Mr. Scrat's last post (unless I missed it) was December 14, 2012 of last year. There's been no communique since then. Other stalwarts from the beginning years have unfortunately seemed to have moved on.

Is this thread DRT? I hope not. It is without doubt the single best point source for all things "Walker" on the Net. I have now acquired most if not all of Whittington's books on the Colt Walker and its protegy.
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Old December 9, 2013, 01:06 AM   #3593
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i still read the posts .
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Old December 9, 2013, 02:30 AM   #3594
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What did you think of Whittingtons books? IMHO I consider them to be the best little books on the Whitneyville-Walker. As I have mentioned here before, I have one of Whittington Arms cased Walkers, obtained this past August. Since then I purchased another older Walker by ASM with full Colt markings on the barrel and cylinder. I am in the slow process of burnishing the Italian markings and antiquing the finish, including returning the cylinder to the"white" and rust Browning the rest of it. Also, you might go to your local library and check out a copy of "Colts Own Record, 1847" by Parsons, 1949. It includes pretty much all of the correspondence regarding the production of the Walker.
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Old December 9, 2013, 11:42 AM   #3595
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I too have ben wondering where SCRAT has gone. I hope everything is alright with him. As far as this thread goes, I think it will be around for a very long time.
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Old December 9, 2013, 01:15 PM   #3596
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Hey elhomberconnonobre
Whittington's books are a no b.s. starting point for a serious study of the Walker Colt. Many of the things on this thread have come from his research and writing. Thanks for the reference tip. I will do a search for the Colts Records correspondence.
I have a loading lever latch to replace on my own Colt that I just bought back. Still too damned cold to go out and shoot.
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Old December 9, 2013, 01:28 PM   #3597
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Howdy MBB:
I'm getting ready to order several more of Whittingtons papers on early Colts. Since he was a Lt. Col. in Army Ordnance, I'm pretty sure he had access to ancient Army ordnance records a lot of other authors didn't have
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Old December 9, 2013, 01:37 PM   #3598
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I have been lucky to run into Val Forgett III selling old Italian made Colt revolver parts on the web: likely old Navy Arms new old stock that fit older Ubertis, Piettas, and Armis.
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Old December 10, 2013, 08:54 PM   #3599
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Well I just picked up my WALKER today. As you can see, I am now one proud owner of a piece of US history. As soon as the mornings get a lot warmer than 28 below, I'll be out (with my WALKER) making some loud noises and big smoke clouds.
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Old December 10, 2013, 09:10 PM   #3600
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I haven't posted anything in a long time, because I haven't done or gotten anything new, but I still read all the new posts. One of the best threads on the internet. I'm sure Al Gore had this in mind when he invented the internet!
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