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The RUGER OLD ARMY Club

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by ClemBert, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. white smoke

    white smoke Member

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    Unfired in the box ca1996 ROA

    Just came on the brown truck today. Found this on Phoenix Backpage. Most likely won't be unfired any more come Sunday morning.
     

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  2. J-Bar

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    Virginity is overrated.
     
  3. bothenook

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    I'm not being ironic when I say that makes me glad to hear. Out at our range, it's 15+ geezers to each youngster shooting the smokey stuff.
     
  4. SUMIKITO

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    Geezers and yangstas shootin' white smoke....

    Bothenook: The trick I do when that becomes apparent while at the range is during break time I look around for onlooking youngsters and ladies who might want to try and shoot my ROA's just for the fun of it. In no time they become most interested and proceed to tell their husbands and fathers [who are probably there just to shoot away by themselves anyway] that they want to shoot my pistols. The old fart [the father] nods 'OK' and they mill around me loading and shooting the ROA's with a bright gleem on their faces. After all is said and done, you can hear them prodding the guy that he SHOULD have one of those. That's how I introduce the smokestacks to the unknowing crowd of youngsters out there. I feel good knowing I have done 'my part'. It is now imbedded in them how nice it is to shoot a good cap and ball. I bet they never forget it. The rest is up to them and their folks to get them started. Try it sometimes. You'll come home feeling good. :)
     
  5. Lunie

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    You geezers need to quit holding out the good stuff on us! I had to come to BP on my own!
     
  6. bri1462

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    I'm short-ish of tooth...32... looks like there are a decent number of us here to learn from the old timers and keep passing it on!
     
  7. bothenook

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    unless there are only a couple of us out, I typically invite 3 or 4 or more folks to shoot anything i brought, be it C&B, caplock or flintlock dueling pistols, or any of the three .50 cal long guns. that's how I've infected a few new members to the order of BP shooters. wives and kids are good targets, because like you say, they go pester dad until he comes to figure out what the hell it is everyone is bugging him about
     
  8. woodnbow

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    "I look around for onlooking youngsters and ladies who might want to try and shoot my ROA's just for the fun of it."

    I typically look for the ladies who might want to try them out...":evil:
     
  9. karlthev

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    Still no word from Belt Mt and its been about a month since I ordered cylinder pins...

    Karl
     
  10. SUMIKITO

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    The ROA as a nice 'ladies catcher'...........

    woodnbow: You are right on the nickel there. Try that with a Glock, 1911, or a 44/357 revolver. You ain't gonna score. Zilch! Unless they are gold-plated, those pistols are gonna drive them further down the firing line. Same old, same old to them. You unattached, unmarried guys out there, this tip works. How can you even open a conversation with one of those? [I have them all, by the way] The Old Army when belching smoke and going boom seems to encourage them ladies curiosity. Before you know it, you'ld have made a friend and who knows what follows after that. Of course, we ole' geezers already know that. .....Now where did I put my pill bottle.......? :)
     
  11. mntns2oceans

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    New ROA owner

    Just won a really really nice SS ROA on gunbroker, still waiting for it to arrive in the mail. I'll post a pic as soon as it does. In the mean time, I've been searching for a holster. I've checked some older threads, but they are olderrrrrrr so I thought I'd check for more recent info. I've found a lot of holsters for single actions but do not want to drop a lot of money ordering one to find out it won't fit the Ruger. Who is everyone using for holsters now for the ROA? I am new to the ROA, but not to BP.
     
  12. wap41

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    If you want the real deal Bianchi made some just for ruger with the ruger emblem on the flap.They are excellant quality and marked on the back either ruger old army or ruger blackhawk will fit,a decent one runs about $100.find them on gunbroker or ebay.
     
  13. Patocazador

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    I just bought some Hunter holsters that accommodate long barrels. They're cheap and work fine.
     
  14. woodnbow

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    With decent care that holster will outlast the owner. Another option, you can have holsters made for less money than that. I'm looking into a Threepersons style, built for the 5.5" Blackhawk, it can be persuaded to fit the Old Army.
     
  15. SUMIKITO

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    Holsters for the Old Army........

    mntns2oceans: Like wap41 mentioned, if you can find an older Bianchi Old Army / older Blackhawk holster in good shape, than you are in luck. If you go nuts trying to find one of those in really good well taken care of condition then go to POST numbers 661,662,663,665,666,668,670,,673,675,678,and 681, right here on 'The Ruger Old Army Club' @THR. That pretty much covers your question on Ruger Old Army holsters. Some very fine superior quality ones are made by some of our highly skilled craftsman members right here. You simply can not go wrong with those rigs. Good luck on your quest. :)
     
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  17. mntns2oceans

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    Hoster Info Helpful

    I appreciate the info on holsters. Almost purchased one from Dixie but what they want for shipping to Alaska is more than the cost of the holster. Oh, uipdate, just purchased my second SS ROA. I'll post pictures soon.
     
  18. davepool

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    One is never enough when it comes to ROAs
     
  19. Pripyat

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    My buddy just bought a lot of guns from a widow. The collection included two ROA's, one SS and one blued that look like they have never been shot. What does black powder pistol shooting bring to the table that ordinary pistol shooting doesn't? Checking to see if I should look into buying one of them rather than listing them both on gunbroker for him. He has no interest in them..
     
  20. rodwha

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    If you have no patience than maybe nothing.

    I enjoy what goes into loading it up, including the time. I like that it's possible to load to levels at the moment what I'd like. I can load quite light and allow a new shooter to find enjoyment or use it for small game hunting (if only I were a good enough shot), or I can load it up hot and feel well armed were I to need to track a wounded hog. And then there are the various projectiles and powders to choose from. And it doesn't require a loading bench.

    I can spend aalllll day at the range and spend less than someone shooting something equivalent like a 45 Colt or 45 ACP.

    If you enjoy hunting, and it's legal in your area, you might be able to hunt with it during muzzleloader/primitive season.
     
  21. woodnbow

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    @Pripyat.. It's hard to explain. With some guns, historical guns and replicas it's a kind of connection to the past, how things were done. Gives you real insight into the kind of people our forebearers were.

    The Ruger is not that kind of gun but sort of an improved version, state of the art cap and ball revolver, you just have to shoot them to see what that's about. Big fun tho'. Lot's of smoke, big booom! :D excellent accuracy on a par with most modern sidearms and good power.
     
  22. Pripyat

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    Sorry for the lack of research on my part but could I use .44 magnum projectiles in these weapons with success? So as a reloader I could share projectiles with the .44 magnum and the .44 powder gun?
     
  23. Patocazador

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    I surmise that the original literature was not with the guns when he bought them. The gun uses .457 bullets not .429 like centerfire .44s. Also, it is best to use soft lead not hard lead with antimony added as you would use in your .44 mag. For the most part, none of the components you have on hand for a centerfire .44 would be used in a cap & ball revolver .. especially the powder. You need soft lead bullets, 3FG black powder or equivalent substitute powder, and #11 or #10 percussion caps.
    It's a whole new ball game.
     
  24. Pripyat

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    No literature is a correct assumption. I knew about the powder and the caps. Just not the caliber difference and bullet softness requirement. Thanks for the input. I usually help myself but am not able to do the proper research at the moment. I just happened to see this thread on tapatalk and thought I might get some useful info quickly. I was correct. Thanks!
     
  25. aHFo3

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    Pripyat, try convincing your friend to test fire one of the ROA's before selling them at auction. If you're like me, you'll know after the first cylinder if you want to buy just one or both of them.
     

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