Rosco, Gary, Ed - thanks again for the great tips and direction. The rig looks great. I probably bought it around 20 years ago. At that time it was natural leather (no tint), and very simplistic in design, but strong, thick leather. Now, following your recommended steps, the holster is blocked to fit the gun perfectly. In the process of wetting the leather, and in applying some carnauba dressing, the leather has now taken on a rich, deep sheen. Also, the bullet loops have tightened up so the rounds don't simply flop out of the belt.
Thanks again, very much. I like it so much, I think I'll spend a few more bucks and get a couple speedloaders (looks like HKS is a good / common brand), and some speedloader leather pouches as well (if I can find some - still looking, but all I see are synthetic). Take care.
[This message has been edited by Jeff Thomas (edited 01-10-99).]