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Old March 15, 2013, 04:36 PM   #1
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Shooting the Pietta .36 1851 Navy "Wild Bill Hickok" model

I finally took this bad boy out to the range after buying it in December, and was pleasantly surprised! This is the best shooting out of the box open top colt I have ever owned. It shoots just left of point of aim. As well as lookin great, this is one I am not gonna let go!
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Old March 15, 2013, 05:59 PM   #2
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Mine too!

Mine was also a great shooter right out of the box. A real keeper after I trimmed the tail off the grip and thinned the grip width to fit my small hands. Then I decided to antique it This one heck of a revolver for $ 300.

See http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=505017
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Old March 15, 2013, 06:38 PM   #3
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Overall, the .36's seem to be more accurate, IMHO.
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Old March 15, 2013, 06:48 PM   #4
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Nice pic Dave, I always like to see your picktars. Lets see some more pics of that iron. I haven't shot my .36 yet but, I'm about to die to do so. The weather is supposed to be beautiful this weekend.
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Old March 17, 2013, 03:16 PM   #5
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@Roshi, I love the antique job you did on yours! How did you go about achieving that?
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Old March 17, 2013, 05:46 PM   #6
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Antiquing

If you search you'll find lots of "recipes". I used Birchwood Casey Rust and Blue remover but have also used white vinegar to remove bluing. It will also remove the "case hardening" finish the Italians use so be careful. Once all the bluing is removed if you want a stained metal effect you can re-blue or brown and use extra fine steel wool to get the effect you want.

I do recommend searching on this forum to find different techniques and the effects they produce.
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Old March 18, 2013, 11:30 PM   #7
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Those 51s are looking good boys.
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