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Old February 25, 2013, 08:05 PM   #1
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Uberti Single Actions Pistols

I am looking into getting a Single Action Colt 45. I am not a SASS member or Cowboy action shooter. Not yet at least. I have always liked Single actions, I enjoy firing them and I like the repica's, as far as reading about the history.
I have been looking at the Ruger Vaquero, I own some Ruger Auto's, and I have owned some ruger rifles in the past. Very good firearms, no complaints form me.

I really like the look and the selection of the Uberti's line of Single action revolvers. I was hoping to hear from someone who owns or have owned some. I have seen the single action cattleman at some stores. Looking online I found the Army conversion and Navy conversion and open tops. Those are what I have been looking for. I cannot afford a real authentic one, but I would like to get Uberti one. Just would like to hear how they handle and fire. As dumb as this sounds, I want to confirm they fire real cartridges not caps.

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Old February 25, 2013, 08:47 PM   #2
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Here are 2 of my most recent revolvers from Uberti, both came from Taylor's & Co. I really like both of them. Fit and finish is excellent on both of them. I havn't had time yet to shoot them yet, but I sure like handling them.

Uberti Remington New Army.
Taylor's Smoke Wagon DE.

I want to get the 45 conversion cylinder for the Army, since I just ordered a reloaded after I saw the price of factory .45's.
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Old February 25, 2013, 09:14 PM   #3
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Uberti Single action pistols

Thank you for posting, I like the firearms you purchased, they look like what I am looking for also. I understand what you mean about handling. That is another reason I really like the look of thier products.
I would really like to hear how they fire, when you get the chance. I am also interested in Colt 45, I reload also, and that die is common.

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Old February 25, 2013, 09:18 PM   #4
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Old February 25, 2013, 09:27 PM   #5
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Uberti makes two different models of these "old-time" revovlers, the cartridge conversions of cap-and-ball revovlers, and the Open Top models. The difference is that one was originall made as a cap-and-ball revovler, then converted to fire metallic cartridges. The other was made as a cartridge revovler from the start, using parts left over from older manufacture. This refers, of course, to the original Colts of the 1870 era. The Uberti guns are replicas of these, made without any further modifying.

I have no personal experience with either, but a friend of mine has a .38 Special Open Top. His gun is, as with all Ubertis, very handsome and well made. He shoots standard velocity .38 Special ammunition with no ill effect. And, yes, these are cartridge firing reproductions, even to being reproductions of guns that never quite existed.

But from all I've seen, these guns will hold up to standard velocity, or better yet, cowboy loads. The original design was somewhat fragile, and the modern made guns are no exception.

Use them for what they are meant to be, fun guns.

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Old February 25, 2013, 09:54 PM   #6
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i have 4 uberti pistoles that i love. the uberti 22 lr 6 shot stallion, i have 2 of the cattlemen 4 5/8" and 1 uberti thunderer, all in 45 lc. i love all of these guns, they are the blued and polished models and case hardened all have great fit and finish. they have the notched cowboy sights and all are very accurate, well balanced and probably the most natural pointing handguns i have ever shot. i look forward to adding the nickel cattleman and sheriffs model as i can afford them.

rugers are fine guns i own a few different models but the western style guns have modern actions, not a bad thing but not original. the uberti's are faithful to the original colt design. oh, and i prefer the 45 lc caliber over other calibers that are offered. try one, i don't think you will be sorry. i love them.
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Old February 25, 2013, 10:23 PM   #7
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Well, shucks. I've just got to show mine off!

L. to R.: Stallion .22, Cimarron .44 Special, Flat Top Target .45 Colt.

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Old February 25, 2013, 10:55 PM   #8
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I have a .45 Ruger Vaquero. My son and I went to the range a couple weekends back with the Ruger, a S&W .357, S&W .40 and a 1911.

Guess which one had all the ammo we brought used up - the Ruger. A .45LC single action is a blast, easy to shoot and clean up afterward.

Uberti is more authentic - key now will be to find either one for sale at a reasonable price.

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Old February 26, 2013, 12:20 AM   #9
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I have a Cimarron Model P, which is an Uberti with some finishing touches done by Cimarron. I really enjoy the gun. One reason I went this route over a Ruger is the 4-click classic Colt action. It just ain't a single action .45 without it.

Plus, it isn't exactly hard to look at.
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Old February 26, 2013, 07:58 AM   #10
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Thank you

Thank you for all the feedback and imput. I pretty much feel the same way as displayed here. Firearms are not cheap, for me its a big purchase, so I just wanted to get feed back before buying. I feel I am going to make my next purchase a Uberti.

Thank you again for sharing

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Old February 26, 2013, 03:08 PM   #11
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I have a Cimarron Model P, which is an Uberti with some finishing touches done by Cimarron.
Such as? My .44 Special is a Model P from Cimarron, no special touches on mine.

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Old February 26, 2013, 03:10 PM   #12
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I love my Cimarron P in .44 Special. Take a look at the Uberti "El Patron" - available in .45 Colt. I was very impressed by one I saw at Bass Pro Shops. Very nice checkered walnut grips and CCH/blue finish. (Reminded me more of the Cimarrons in over quality) The ubiquitous "Cattleman" series, of which I think the El Patron is a part, seems to span quite a range of finishes and pricing,...I'd beware of anyone these days showing/claiming "the" Cattleman, especially if it's the lesser (matte/brass) finishes--frequently found at the big box stores--unless that floats your boat and pocket book. It'd been awhile since I looked at Bass (etc) and was surprised to find the above nice finish and grips there--at a "not unreasonable" price too.

IMO, unless you're hooked on the pre 1873 (aka Peacemaker) guns such as the '72 Open Top, 1858 Remington, 1851 etc, the '73's (SAAs/Cattleman) are a lot easier to handle and live with, and shooting a broader array of cartridges and loads.
Cimarron, Taylor's and Uberti itself all carry their own variation(s) on the "Cattleman" theme with different names, again with different finishes and features--some "custom" tuned at the factory ("Smokewagon" and such).

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Old February 26, 2013, 10:07 PM   #13
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At the SHOT show Uberti introduced a new variant of the 1873 called the "Horseman" that features a transfer bar ignition with a half cock hammer, and coil springs. Might be worth a look.

I am a SASS shooter. Most of us use Rugers but I know a lot of folks who shoot Uberti revolvers. There are lots of variations and price points. There is a lot to like about them.

I was checking some LGS' for SA revolvers for some of our new shooters and found a local store selling the El Patron revolvers. I thought they had a nice finish and some good features for the price. If I was looking for a revolver that I could use "out of the box" without having additional action work done I would take a hard look at the El Patron.
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Old February 27, 2013, 08:39 AM   #14
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I don't have a lot of experience with SA revolvers, but I do have an Uberti Cattleman 4 1/2" in 45 colt that I bought on a whim. It love shooting it, it's pretty accurate and it handles real nice. It's fun loading and unloading the thing up one round at a time - just seems classier than cramming rounds into a magazine. I'd use it a lot more except the ammo is just too expensive (I don't re-load). I'm not sure just how they compare to others, for the price I would assume there are others that are better, but it seems pretty solid and looks nice. Never regretted buying it even though it's pretty much just a safe gun. Everyone should have one for the collection.
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Old September 28, 2013, 01:02 AM   #15
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Has anyone seen a Horseman for sale? I have a local dealer who didn't even know about them. They show up on the web site, but apparently not in the 2013 catalogue. Haven't seen one posted on Gun Broker either. It would be nice to load six.
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Old September 30, 2013, 12:21 PM   #16
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Pietta has been selling a transfer-bar ignition SAA near-clone as well of late. Pietta makes guns at least as good as Uberti by most accounts.

Either will usually look better than a Ruger and perhaps be more authentic - two-piece grip frame allowing for one-piece grips for example (no screw holding the grips together). BUT, in my opinion, a Ruger will hold up much better than anything Italian. By a mile. And if you are into modifying your hardware, can't beat a Ruger.

We won't even start with what I've done to what used to be a New Vaquero in 357 .
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Old September 30, 2013, 02:56 PM   #17
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The Ruger is superior

The Uberti is a clone of the original Colts. Ruger is a modern translation that will be far safer and more reliable than the Colt/clones.
That said, there is nothing wrong with the Uberti's and they are a fine revolver. They just fill a slightly different niche in the market than does the Vaquero.
I've got the Vaquero in .45 and love it.
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