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Old February 29, 2024, 11:40 AM   #1
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Great Western II 357 . . .

I had the winning bid on a Great Western II revolver in 357. Has a brass top strap and trigger guard. I don't have possession of it yet. The on line reviews look good. If you know about these . . . talk to me.

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Old February 29, 2024, 12:04 PM   #2
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Great Western II is EMF's trademark for the Pietta revolvers they import.
Looks like the brass BACK strap and trigger guard make it the "Gunfighter" model.
https://www.emf-company.com/store/pc...ghter-c600.htm

Is the Great Western II different from or better than other importers' Piettas? I doubt it.

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Old February 29, 2024, 12:08 PM   #3
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Thanks Jim!

Thanks Jim. I had not found that web site yet. The good news is I'm getting mine for $200 less than the MSRP.

I'll do a range report after I have possession.

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Old February 29, 2024, 04:53 PM   #4
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The gun on the linked web site does not have a brass TOP STRAP. It has a brass grip frame.

The top strap is the portion of the frame above the cylinder, it is steel.

The grip frame has a front strap and a back strap, and in this gun they are brass. The pictured gun has a brass "back strap" not a "top strap".
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Old February 29, 2024, 07:56 PM   #5
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44AMP, you beat me to the draw on that one.
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Old March 6, 2024, 12:28 PM   #6
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Prof Young, I have that exact Pietta model only in .45 Colt. Think you'll br happy with that gun. Certainly enjoy mine.
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Old March 14, 2024, 07:06 PM   #7
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I saw that exact revolver in .45 colt today for $499 at the LGS. I could probably get it for 520 OTD. I'm looking at prices now and I probably should buy it. I passed as I wanted wood grips... heck I can make grips these things have shot up in price the past couple years. My guess is this revolver has hung out at the end of the case for a few years, they haven't checked prices on reorder, and hence have not raised the price. Even GB about the cheapest I find is $500. Plus you have to ship, transfer, pay taxes, etc.

I may go back and get it tomorrow honestly. Don't need to spend the money... but I doubt I'll find a new one cheaper ever and a SAA is a bucket list gun (I actually want a colt but... yeah not unless I do VERY well in my encore career venture).
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Offer them $400 and settle for something in between.
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Old March 15, 2024, 03:06 PM   #9
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Thanks Jim. I had not found that web site yet. The good news is I'm getting mine for $200 less than the MSRP.

I'll do a range report after I have possession.

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Has your Great Western II come in yet ...

Just love old school single actions in 357 Magnum !

My very first handgun was a 357 Magnum Ruger Blackhawk in 1970 ...
We still go shooting ... my first love !
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You won't find a better SA .357 than a Ruger Blackhawk, not for any sane amount of money, anyway...
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