View Full Version : The Ruger Old Army

August 21, 2008, 07:46 PM
My old army I bought in 1972. It has a 45-70 rifle barrel on it. I reamed the
chambers to .460 and shoot a .465 ball. It likes 40 grs. of the old Hodgdon
Curtis & Harvey FFF.

August 21, 2008, 08:11 PM
Unique Piece! I like it, however I'd have cut the factory barrel down and used it so as to use the more available .457 ball. But that's cheap 'ol me. Looks like it's seen alot of use. I like that also as I shoot everything I own, alot. Thanks for posting the pic.................Mike

4V50 Gary
August 21, 2008, 08:17 PM
Interesting and unique conversion. Please explain the black grip frame? Is it aluminium?

August 21, 2008, 08:23 PM
Yes it is, also as you can see I put in a trigger stop. The whole thing was
black well blue, when it came from the factory in 1972. At one time I color
case hardened the frame, but most of that has worn off. I will be shooting
it at the Nationals at Friendship next month.

August 26, 2008, 02:24 PM
I also bought a O.A. along about 1974 when I lived in Atlanta. Let someone talk me into trading if for a modern pistol.:mad: That has been 16 to 18 years and I still regret the trade. Would love to have that pistol back. I last shot at the Nationals in 1980 still have fond memories of the trips.:rolleyes:

September 13, 2008, 01:24 PM
What are Stainless Old Army's in 7-12" going for nowadays?

September 13, 2008, 02:07 PM
Depends where you live. Ruger stopped production of them last year.

45Marlin carbine
September 13, 2008, 02:08 PM
don't know but since Ruger has ceased production you can bet the price on 'em has jumped. I wouldn't part w/mine unless a princely sum. I have the S/S model.

September 13, 2008, 02:22 PM
Used blued Rugers are around 250-300 in the Kansas City area. At gun shows
the SS are going for 350. I know a guy that bought 6 new in the box for
275 each. I really think they will be going for double that in short order.

September 13, 2008, 02:34 PM

Depends where you live. Ruger stopped production of them last year.

I live in mid Tennessee. I have two in excellent condition. One is marked the200th Anniversary. Would that one bring a premium?

September 13, 2008, 02:37 PM
WOW, check on Gun Broakers...they are going for up to $600:eek:


type in Ruger Old Army

September 13, 2008, 02:39 PM
Liberty edition....buy it now $500


September 13, 2008, 02:54 PM
My 200th edition is stainless and has been fired, but very little. I set up one to use a round ball and the other a conical bullet for deer hunting.

There was not enough adjustment in the sight to use both loads. I had to use a higher front sight for the round ball with 40 grs of FFF.

With the conical bullet, I used 32 grs of FFF. Can't remember last time I shot either one of them.

September 13, 2008, 06:51 PM
Forgot to tell you all, I bought my Ruger wholesale in 1972 for 72.00
Would't it be nice to have a boat load at that price? Around the same time
I bought my "Navy Arms" 58 Zoli Musket for 78.00

September 20, 2008, 11:28 PM
I kinda like 'em...



4V50 Gary
September 21, 2008, 12:11 AM
:eek: Geez, kinda like them, don't you? I've got three myself but they're all different. There's a blued and stainless 7 1/2" bbl with adjustable sights and one 5 1/2 stainless.

September 21, 2008, 01:45 PM
For a person not wanting a 20th Century BP Rev...and a avid shooter /collector of alot of 19th Century Revs...I never wanted the ROA and had no use for one.
Until one day on an Auction bid I ended up with one...I blame Pohill and Sundance44 for most of me owning one... So now I have a start on my 20th Century BP Revs...
Meet /"Tina"


September 21, 2008, 02:30 PM
I hope I never stoop that low.:D My Investarms and CVA Hawkens are bad enough. :D :D

September 21, 2008, 02:52 PM
Bought mine used a couple of years ago for $275. IMO Ruger made a mistake by discontinuing them. Based on what they're selling for on the used market now, Ruger could have raised the price a couple of hundred dollars and still sold all they could make.

September 21, 2008, 10:41 PM
Too Bad Bill Ruger had to go.... I hope inner circle of Arms Doesn't do more of the same...I like Ruger products always have.


September 22, 2008, 03:19 AM
I like about everything but their SA's. I've had a couple but didn't keep them long. Just don't care for the way they operate.