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Old July 30, 2012, 09:59 PM   #1
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Shooting new spiller and burr

I got a pietta spiller and burr online a few weeks ago, and I took it to the range with me the other day.

Here is how it went

The pistol was very easy to load, not much force needed on the loading lever and it shaved a perfect ring of lead off every time. I used about 17 grains goex, number 10 Remington caps fit perfectly. Very little recoil, shot true on windage but high at 50 feet.

The grips are small, but not enough to be uncomfortable. I had no problem with the trigger guard pinching my fingers like some folks have reported. Not enough recoil to cause that.

My only real complaint was this-I was amazed at how dirty the brass got. Every bit of brass was tarnished after only a few rounds. Obviously this is the only brass revolver I have shot. So I'm not totally sure I am going to keep this revolver. Don't know if I really like these brass frames enough.
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Old July 31, 2012, 04:02 AM   #2
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Something I have noticed

on Spiller and Burrs I have examined.

I have only held perhaps four different S&B revolvers in my life and I do not own one and have never fired one.

But each of the four or so I have examined have a finish on the brass frame which can only be described as dull. I have never seen one that has been polished up.

Has anyone else noticed this feature on S&Bs

Second point....I think the brass parts of revolvers accumulate more "stuff" when they are not polished to a high sheen. This makes sense if you think about it.

Anyway, Chaz,

It was a good report on what seemed to be a nice day of shooting.

Two years ago I passed up a good condition S&B for 150.00 at a show. I regret it to this day.
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Old July 31, 2012, 05:45 AM   #3
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Doc, when I first got this revolver the brass was somewhat dull, even though it had never been fired. I polished it up with some Flitz, and it looked so much better to my eyes. It polished back to the same level after I fired it. It just took a little extra effort.

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Old July 31, 2012, 06:02 AM   #4
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Keeping the brass pristine can be a chore. I don't worry bout it so much. Shoot the crap outa it. Have fun
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Old July 31, 2012, 10:54 AM   #5
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I prefer the dull / used patina on a brasser.
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Old July 31, 2012, 11:28 AM   #6
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If you're worried about having a shiney gun you probably shouldn't have a brass framed percussion revolver. What towboater said above. Just keep it clean and let the brass gradually turn a pleasant brown. I've shot brass framed remingtons and my spiller and burr extensively and never polished them. I DO keep them as clean as possible but don't worry about the coloring of the brass.
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Old July 31, 2012, 10:43 PM   #7
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Brass is meant to get dull. I hate shiny brass on a gun. I wish I could get the finish on my Golden Boy to dull.
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Old July 31, 2012, 10:59 PM   #8
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Hawg, have at it....

http://www.oillampparts.com/patina.html


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Old July 31, 2012, 11:50 PM   #9
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Preciate it but the brass on a Golden Boy isn't brass.
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Old August 1, 2012, 05:17 AM   #10
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Preciate it but the brass on a Golden Boy isn't brass.
What the heck is it? Sure ain't gold !
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Old August 1, 2012, 08:36 AM   #11
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The receiver cover is Zamak. Very shiny.

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Old August 1, 2012, 10:40 AM   #12
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Well.... if it's anything like the plated Zamak crap that they use on boat cleats etc. these days, a few days aboard a salt water fishing boat will cure that...


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Old August 1, 2012, 10:47 AM   #13
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I don't get any of my guns near salt water.
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Old August 1, 2012, 11:18 AM   #14
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Hawg...

Since I left the Navy I am keeping myself away from salt water.









But it isn't reducing the corrosion.










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Old August 1, 2012, 11:24 AM   #15
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Dunno what to say about that Doc. I clean my bp stuff within a few days of firing. Some of my guns don't get touched for a year or so and stay locked up in a steel cabinet year round. I don't do anything special and I get no rust or corrosion. I am about two hours from the Gulf tho.
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Old August 1, 2012, 12:18 PM   #16
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chaz - that's not tarnish . . . it's "patina" . . . it just adds "character"!

Good report - glad you enjoyed shooting it! I'm not in to brass framed revolvers . . . unless of course the originals were. The S & B is one I've always admired and someday I hope to have one. Keep us posted on how she shoots! Thanks!
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Old August 1, 2012, 12:42 PM   #17
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I suspect Doc was referring to the corrosion on hisownself, not his guns.
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Old August 1, 2012, 12:52 PM   #18
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Methinks you're right Mykeal but I already said it now.
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Old August 1, 2012, 03:17 PM   #19
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Mykeal is the winner....

...Take good nuf care of my revolvers that they could lay in salt water and I would clean them up.

...In the other hand, my body is past preserving.
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