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Old November 29, 2012, 04:48 AM   #1
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.45 Colt cowboy gun

So I have an old gun here I was wondering if anyone can tell me anything about it. Possible year, value, history, rarity, etc?

What caliber does it shoot? It is a .45 LONG colt, right?








Sorry I dont have better pictures. I havent even seen this gun in a long time its in my safe. I am pulling pictures out of a file on my computer from my last insurance inventory.

I do have high resolution if anyone desires better pictures.

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Old November 29, 2012, 05:41 AM   #2
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.45 Colt sometimes called Long Colt. Looks like the trigger screw is broken off. You need to get that fixed. Need the serial number to determine date.
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Old November 29, 2012, 07:33 AM   #3
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Yes it is chambered in .45 Colt (they never made a short Colt round). It is a post 1898 gun as it has the cross bolt cylinder pin retention system. It is rated for smokeless powder, but have it checked out by a competent gunsmith before you shoot it.
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Old November 29, 2012, 08:01 AM   #4
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Go here for date based on serial #
http://proofhouse.com/colt/index.html

Get it fixed when you can (you should)

Then, reinsure it for replacement value and place back in safe... after shooting it once or twice and cleaning it well?
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Old November 29, 2012, 08:21 AM   #5
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Colt SAA (Single Action Army) and yours appears to have the original gutta percha grips.
Try out the Colt Forum for specifics. Looks to be a first generation produced after the black powder era but would NOT be safe to shoot with the more high pressure loads used by modern .45's. The loads it would shoot after being checked out by a competent gun smith would be considered "Cowboy" loads between 700-800 fps. I have my great grandfathers Colt SAA from 1902 and it is a great pistol to shoot....full of history.
http://www.coltforum.com/
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Old November 29, 2012, 08:38 AM   #6
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Its a beauty.
The serial number will let ya know what year it was made.
http://proofhouse.com/colt/index.html

I dont know what it is worth. Here are some that for sale.
http://www.gunsinternational.com/Col....cfm?cat_id=28
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Old November 29, 2012, 09:19 AM   #7
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It is a post 1898 gun as it has the cross bolt cylinder pin retention system. It is rated for smokeless powder,
Do be careful about that.
Blue Book takes the popular concept that the cross bolt marks the transition to smokeless powder acceptance when introduced in 1896.
Flayderman says Colt recommended AGAINST smokeless powder in 1898 and did not include smokeless loads in their guarantee until 1900.
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Old November 29, 2012, 10:21 AM   #8
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Old November 29, 2012, 10:37 AM   #9
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Ok, folks, this is NOT going to devolve into yet another argument about whether the term Long Colt is historically accurate or whether those who dare to use it are in league with Satan and make Baby Jesus cry.

One only needs to use the search feature to see the threads on that subject.
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Old November 29, 2012, 11:51 AM   #10
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What caliber does it shoot?
I'm not sure - but - I believe that gun is a .454" bore size.

Wasn't there a change to .451 at some point?
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Old November 29, 2012, 12:53 PM   #11
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Question: What caliber does it shoot? Answer: .45 Colt or even the .45 Schofield today. Depending on its age will depend on what powder should be safely used in it. Either way, it would be safe with a Blackpowder load pushing a .452-.454 250g bullet. Of course it needs to be fixed first and gone through to make sure it is still safe to fire.
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Old November 29, 2012, 05:12 PM   #12
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Great, thanks for the information guys!!
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