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Old October 15, 2012, 09:06 PM   #1
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Heritage/Pietta Nickel Quality

I have my eye on a Heritage Big Bore .357. It's finished in nickel. So I am wondering if it is actually finished in nickel? Or if it's some other sort of metal (not that I have any idea what other metal it could be)? Does it hold up to regular use? Any special care needed?
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Old October 16, 2012, 07:30 AM   #2
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Hmm. They're doing that? Those guns are made by Pietta in Italy and then Heritage does the final finish, fitting and assembly. It's entirely possible they're doing real nickel. I haven't seen one...

Odd thing: this is the only known example of a Pietta with a transfer-bar ignition (read: modern drop-safe system for six-up carry).
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Old October 18, 2012, 08:18 PM   #3
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the easiest way to answer that question is to give heritage a call and talk with them - they of all people ought to be able to answer your questions/concerns. I have a Heritage RR and love it. A lot of folks knock them but mine is accurate and well made for the price. I son't have any experience with the big bores but based on my experiences with my RR, I wouldn't have any hesitation in trying one.
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Old October 19, 2012, 08:22 AM   #4
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The only thing I know concerning Heritage and their plating is that on their rimfires you can count on it peeling off the cylinders fairly soon . Seen it more than once. Are their centerfires the same? Hopefully someone will chime in with first hand experience.
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Old October 19, 2012, 06:58 PM   #5
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The rimfires are made of "pot metal" (with steel cores in the barrels and cylinder chamber linings) so I would suspect that platings could indeed peel.

The centerfire guns are made of real gunmetal by Pietta, who are capable of making pretty good guns - at least to the same standard as a recent-production Uberti/Beretta wheelgun.
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Old October 19, 2012, 07:23 PM   #6
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I got a Heritage 22-22Mag combo R/Rider, The only thing steel on it Is the cylinders, No Inserts but the frame is Pot metal ; )

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Old October 20, 2012, 10:51 AM   #7
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Ah. Yeah, I'd forgotten that their rimfire cylinders are all-steel. Sorry.
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Yep, Nickle

Heres my Heritage 45LC and yes, its nickle

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