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May 27, 2010, 06:12 PM
Just got it today, Uberti Cattleman 45 Colt from Taylors. Put a lightend hammer spring in and a set of Ivory grips from Dixie. All this afternoon. Now
I'm going to go and watch a John Wayne movie.


May 27, 2010, 06:17 PM

It would look REALLY nice with a set of aged (yellowed) ivory grips.
I guess it's possible that may happen in time though. ;)

Nice score! :)

May 27, 2010, 07:26 PM
I like the quarter cock notch that acts like a hammer stop on these. The two dimples on the cylinder pin seems like a bit of overkill, but it occasionally shows to be useful. Dry fire with snap caps, or expect to be filing a burr from the firing pin hole.

May 27, 2010, 09:23 PM
beautiful revolver !! +1 on the John Wayne movie. Congrats.

May 27, 2010, 09:38 PM
It would look REALLY nice with a set of aged (yellowed) ivory grips.

May 27, 2010, 10:12 PM
Anybody know what I can stain the grips with to make them look aged??

May 28, 2010, 12:50 AM
Most experts seem to recommend painting plastic with a special Krylon Fusion paint but that's not the aged look that you wanted.
A search showed that there are have been questions asked about how to remove coffee stains from white plastic. Depending on the type of plastic, coffee stains might be relatively permanent and there are still ways to remove them even if they're really stubborn. Tea would be another possibility.
Trying to stain the grips by steeping them in strong coffee sounds risky and it may or may not wear off over time.
Anything that doesn't stay on the grips may come off on your hands.
I'm sure that you realize that dyes are usually added to the plastic when it's first molded so coffee staining them would be experimental.
Barkeeper's Friend is one way to remove stains from plastic.
Hint: Since using harsh scrubbers on plastic may cause dirt and stains to accumulate, that knowledge might be used to your advantage if seriously trying to stain.
Another idea would be to use heat but that could promote cracking and what's unknown is how much heat should be used. Would certain hot light bulbs in very close proximity produce enough heat to cause some browning? Will using a propane torch produce any of the desired effect or will it only damage the grips? The effect wouldn't be even and should only be tried in addition to staining unless you're willing to potentially ruin the grips.
Someone said that tumeric produced a bright yellow stain on their white plastic food processor blades. If mixed with brown coffee liquid who knows how it would turn out? But the tumeric yellow probably wouldn't be permanent and may not even take at all.


Additional Tips and Ideas

Avoid any harsh scrubbers or cleaners as these can scratch the surface. These scratches will then collect stains and dirt faster making the plastic surface look worse.
The longer stains set on the plastic, the more permanent they will become. Treat stains promptly for the easiest and most successful removal.


May 28, 2010, 09:09 AM
I soaked them overnight in a cup of coffee. The look good. Going to try
tea today. Will post pictures. I think this is going to work.

May 28, 2010, 09:22 AM
This is brfore and soaking overnight in a cup of coffee. I think it helped it a
little. Going to try strong tea tonight.


May 28, 2010, 04:50 PM
I sanded the awful color and varnish off the old wood grips and stained them
with a walnut stain and rubbed some oil in them. Think I'll keep them on.


May 28, 2010, 06:00 PM
Those wood grips are winners in my book! A very fine firearm, to be sure!

May 28, 2010, 11:21 PM
Great looking revolver, now you gotta get the DeSantis John Wayne commerative holster rig or the El Paso Saddlery rig like they made for him for the movie The Shootist, I'm wanting the El Paso one just gotta stop buying guns long enough to spend some cash on it.

May 28, 2010, 11:28 PM
woodgrips for the win. Nice choice!

May 29, 2010, 12:10 AM
Wood is just CLASSY!



May 29, 2010, 12:34 AM
But there's also something special about handsome white grips that resemble ivory! The white grips are compatible with and complement the coloration of the "nearly white" steel frame.
I appreciate all of the different grip materials including wood. :)

May 29, 2010, 01:06 AM
Most modern plastic grips are injection molded. This leaves the smooth grip surface pores closed. One way to get the desired effect id to lightly lick the grips with a propane torch. I recommend practicing on a piece of pvc pipe before going this route

May 29, 2010, 02:47 AM
Yeah, I vote for the wood also. I take these Italian stallions and remove the red varnish also. What's underneath often times comes out looking rather nice!


May 29, 2010, 06:16 AM
Stripping the Uberti RED off those grips is a major improvement. Something I do to all Uberti revolvers I own.

Something to try on faux ivory grips is alcohol based leather dye. This is the results I have gotten.