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Old July 23, 2008, 02:55 PM   #1
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Cimarron Dragoon

Now the wait begins... I just purchased this Uberti / Cimarron 1848 3rd Model Dragoon. It should show up at the door step Monday. I almost went with a Walker this time but this Dragoon just jumped out at me. The Walker will be next on the short list I'm sure.

This Dragoon looks to be so nice I'll almost hate to take it out and fire it but then again....... ah what the heck. That's what their made for.

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Old July 23, 2008, 04:22 PM   #2
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Hey ss that looks sweeeeeet, let us all know how
it shoots, maybe one day i might get me a open top
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Old July 23, 2008, 04:58 PM   #3
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This is my first open top so It will be a new experience for me too. I'll report back after the first outing but I won't be able to resist another photo post when it arrives.

This black powder is getting addicting but I knew that before I even started but I can't resist.
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Old July 23, 2008, 05:13 PM   #4
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Yep i know what you mean
i have bin smokeing bp for about 15 years now
and still loveing it.
I am one of these do it yourself gadget makers
i have made allsorts of things that go with bp shooting
i even made my owen loader for my remmys and so on, anyway
glad you are haveing fun, any Qs there are lots of helpfull guys
on this forum who are willing to help. shoot safe.
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Old July 23, 2008, 10:47 PM   #5
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Cimarron good

I have two Cimarrons I picked up second hand. A pocket Navy and a 58 Remington. They do seem to have much better bluing, finish and wood than my Piettas. I handled a Dragoon last week -- you'll have to get a horse to tote it around. ;-)

Have some fun.

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Old July 24, 2008, 12:33 AM   #6
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I've found in a slim jim holster worn crossdraw their not hard to carry in the field at all. I also found with a three sided file theres plenty of hammer to sight in dead on. Good luck
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Old July 24, 2008, 07:47 AM   #7
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A good "Slim Jim" crossdraw rig will handle it just fine.
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Old July 26, 2008, 04:30 PM   #8
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It's HOME

The Dragoon arrived today!

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Old July 26, 2008, 04:53 PM   #9
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Very nice!!!
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Old July 26, 2008, 05:17 PM   #10
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OH my lord.
I want one, ok when are you takeing it out
for a test run, and keep us informed, hey bet you feel
like a kid in a candy store. Hope you wiil have lots of
fun with that new smoke pole.
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Old July 26, 2008, 05:31 PM   #11
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Now you know why my brother has claimed my Uberti 3rd Model Dragoon as his own.
Man is she a bute & I bet as fine a shooter as can be, if you have a way of checking chamber diameter I'd do that because mine is the whole reason I use a .457 Ball ".4525 - .453 chambers in my 20 year old beast."
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Old July 26, 2008, 05:35 PM   #12
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Range report is certain to follow. Unfortunately I'm battling a tooth ache and won't get it fixed till Monday. If this settles down I'll get the gun out tomorrow to the range.

Nothing better than the new gun smell
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Old July 26, 2008, 08:21 PM   #13
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Sure it is. New gun mixed with burnt bp. It shore is a purdy thang.
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Old July 27, 2008, 02:27 AM   #14
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Good on ya Straight-Shooter!
A beauty of a Horse Pistol...Got a Colt 1st model Signature myself a great model and holds alot a powder.

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Old July 30, 2008, 03:51 PM   #15
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I just returned from the range and what a blast, literally. The dragoon certainly barks with authority! Nice low deep loud boom! I fired rounds from 25 yards and aimed low to hit near center. Only flaw is the loading lever like on the Walker dropped after every shot. I was using 46 grains of Goex FFF.

Certainly alot of fun and I'm sure to return to the range for another go around. This outing I fired 30 shots total. Here are two of the targets that were used.



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Old July 30, 2008, 04:31 PM   #16
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Nice shooting bud.

No Desperado would stand a chance against you with that Beast.
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Old July 30, 2008, 05:19 PM   #17
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Straight-Shooter, glad you like your new smoker
tell me is there anyway that you can fix that loading
lever from droping down after a shot?, that is what puts
me of spending cash on a walker they are know for that
prob, does that slot need a file to it, can you let us know
if you can come up with a solution, i would like to buy one
but it would drive me nuts after evry shot the lever droped.
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Old July 30, 2008, 05:54 PM   #18
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Nice shooting and thanks for posting the target fotos.

Maybe you can glue velcro on the barrel and lever. ;-)
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Old July 30, 2008, 06:06 PM   #19
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GLUE VELCRO
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Old July 30, 2008, 06:17 PM   #20
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I read on a forum that a guy actually just leaves the screw to the loading lever snug and loads the balls. Then he removes it before shooting. I don't think I would go that route but filing the slot deeper on the spring loaded catch may do the trick. Although I really hate to modify this beauty.

Personally I didn't find it to much of a hassle at all to just raise the lever back into position. It actually give me pause between each shot to also check that a fired cap didn't get caught between the nipple and frame. I developed a habit of just tilting the gun backwards and to the right side to eject any fired cap that may be still between the nipple.

No matter what long rider, get one of these guns! They are a hoot to shoot and talk about BOOM!!!
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Old July 30, 2008, 06:34 PM   #21
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Well at lest you fed that fine smoker with some
REAL black powder that is what it was made
for not that bakeing powder.
I know you said its not to much of a hassle, but
it does not look to good when you let that boom
go and guys see your lever drop and then the wisper
wisper, maybe i am to finaky dont mind me still glad
you like that fine smoke pole.
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Old July 30, 2008, 06:42 PM   #22
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If you see them whisper then don't despair. That just means their jelous cause your lever is bigger than theirs !
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Old July 30, 2008, 07:13 PM   #23
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PARD you say you shot about 30 shots how many
shots do you think you shot before your cylinder
got a little tight, and tell me of your cleaning metherd
so you can carry on shooting, you see all my bp guns
are 58 remmys and i can pop my cylinder out in a split
seconed, and i know the colt style you have to knock
out the wedge to remove the cylinder, do not get me
wrong straight shooter i am not knocking the open top
style i just want to check out the proes and cons of
the colt style before i go and spend some cash,
all your input would be cool thanks.
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Old July 30, 2008, 07:40 PM   #24
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I too had nothing but closed top BP guns before getting this Dragoon. At 24 rounds I opted to tap the wedge out with a handle of a screwdriver. Two taps and it was out. Then you just lower the lever and press against the cylinder with the lever and the barrel comes off. Finally just pull the cylinder off. All can be done in about 15 seconds. I done a minor wipe down of the cylinder and barrel and reassembled again in about 15 seconds.

Honestly I never once noticed the action or cylinder getting tight at any point. I just disassembled it once to get the lube from the lube wads I used off of the cylinder and barrel.

Only thing you have to watch is when you tap the wedge back in that you don't tap it in too far or the cylinder will bind. You do it once or twice and you can eyeball where the wedge needs to be.

Side Note: A person on another forum said I need to deepen the grove in the lever catch with a hacksaw and all will be good. No more lever drop. He done this on his and he said it works great. He said nothing more than a couple of strokes with the blade is all.
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Old July 30, 2008, 08:46 PM   #25
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Thanks straight-shooter for your info, shoot safe.
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