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Old February 20, 2013, 09:53 PM   #3
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None of the major manufacturers made brass frames. Nobody made a brass frame .44. Most Confederate revolvers were brass or rather as you stated gunmetal which was often called red brass. It was a bronze alloy that was heavy on copper. Some of the Confederate guns may well have been made from pure brass but the majority were gunmetal or wrought iron. Modern repros use brass which isn't as strong as red brass. I believe an original .36 revolver made from red brass would hold up to heavy loads but a .44 wouldn't which is why I believe nobody made a brass .44, they knew they wouldn't hold up to heavy loads. Modern .36 repros won't hold up to heavy loads. I think modern manufacturers use brass because its cheaper. AFAIK the Henry did use a brass receiver.
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