Colt Walker questions

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  1. warbirdlover

    warbirdlover Member

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    I'm torn between a Rogers and Spencer and a Uberti Colt Walker.

    BOOM!

    Would like to hear some comments from the pros here on the Walker and what kind of loads you can use in it.

    Thanks again for all your help.

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  2. mec

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    Later clocked ball loads with Swiss fffg and got velocities in the 1200s- very close to the pyrodex p load. I was a bit surprised by the high velocity with only 37gr/vol equivalent with H777 but that's what the chronograph said.
     
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    Never heard of H777 but it appears the spread is also larger. Pretty impressive numbers. Does the loading lever drop on every shot? I think you said something like that in your book. Great book btw.

    Would a Dragoon or Walker be the best choice? Got any pics of the Walker being fired? That would be quite a sight I would think.
     
  4. mec

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    my dragoon lever tended to drop too. Had to pinch the frame to keep it from dropping very far. The Walker we use ( the one in the picture is an original) is a uberti. The only way to keep the lever from dropping on that one is to load light charges like with American Pioneer.

    H777- when loaded volume for volume with black powder, often gets wildly erratic velocities - High but scattered across a couple of hundred fps. If loaded without significant compression- like with somewhat reduced charges, it can be real consistent and accurate. It is also clean and doesn' foul the barrel-though you wouldn't know that from reading the product hype on Goex Pinnacle.
     
  5. Penman

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    If you plan to do much walking with it on , get the Rogers and Spencer...
     
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    I've heard great things about Rogers and Spencer

    Even that it's the best cap and ball design ever. The Walker will get you style points I am sure. It's big, heavy and really ugly. Carrying it more than about 50 feet will be a chore.
    You could always get both.
     
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    I had an Uberti walker, and I was not happy long.

    The walker is a pain in the A to clean. The hammer spring is bowed in an unsual fashion, and must be clipped to a hook on the trigger guard under the grip. This is almost impossible to do without getting a pinch blood blister on your finger, wether your putting it in place, or taking it out.

    My walker only seemed to be able to handle about 27grs of powder max per load, any more and the ball wouldn't seat down far enough to keep the cylinder from jamming.

    The other problem I had with it was accuracy. At 20 ft. I had to aim belt buckle level on a IPSC target to hit center mass.

    I sold the bloomin thing and bought an 1858 remington..... best thing I could have ever done.

    Walkers make good boat anchors, not good for much else.

    dont buy a walker.
     
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    Walker

    Interested in a Whitneyville Hartford Dragoon, other than the shorten barrel length of 7 1/2" as opposed to the 9" of the 1847 Walker; is the cylinder capacity also deminished as in the Dragoons's Models (1st, 2nd and 3rd)?
     
  9. Camp David

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    If you decide to get the Walker, spend a bit more and purchase an authentic Colt Blackpowder Series Signature Walker; it's much better quality than the Uberti model and the same manuracturer that created the original Walker.

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    Here Are Some For Sale:
    http://www.gunsamerica.com/guns/976592626.htm
    http://www.gunsamerica.com/guns/976535977.htm
     
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    Thanks for all the comments. If I have to buy a Colt to get a decent one I don't think I can afford this thing. Just looked like a fun gun to shoot but maybe you'll pi$$ off all the other shooters around you? :what:
     
  11. joab

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    Actually, no it wasn't.
    All of the second gen Colt percussions were made in Italy, by Val Forgeet, Lou Imperato and Aldo Uberti
    All the original equipment and plans for the original Walker were destroyed by fire.

    Buy an Uberti you wont regret it
     
  12. mec

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    Ubertis are fine. The colt second gens were made by Uberti or from parts made by Uberti. At times, the finish has been a bit prettier than at present as they used real bone-charcoal case hardening. Quality wise- the current ubertis are as good as it has ever been. They are a pain when it comes to the loading lever dropping down. Some people post that theirs don't but I've never seen one that didn't

    The u shaped main spring removes relatively easily if you cock the hammer, tie the spring to the front grip strap and tap gently downward on the bottom leg. It goes back on without the need to relieve tension.- or usually does.

    The best reasons for getting a walker is that you want a big huge gun and/or just like the historic associations that go with it.
     
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