I don't understand the relationship between cylinder timing and 'scarring'. I assume this means the depth of the turn line?
Thanks for all your advice.
Added later. Dammit! I'm going to end up with one of each. I can see it coming.
I think the 'timing' referred to in an earlier post has to do with the points in the cocking sequence in which the cylinder latch lifts & re-contacts the cylinder. Old Model action holds the cylinder latch off the cylinder until the third 'click'. (It IS the 3rd click actually!) By that time the latch is nearly lined up with the latch groove in the cylinder. It's possible to rotate the cylinder ahead slightly by hand to disallow the latch from contacting the cylinder until lined up with the latch groove.
With New Models however, the 1st 'click' places the cylinder latch back on the cylinder surface much earlier in the sequence which causes the infamous radial 'drag line' on the cylinder.
As far as functionality goes... New Model action can certainly be cleaned up to operate very smoothly, but many folks still prefer old models for the relative simplicity & 'crisp' action. Personally, I have both NM & OM 'shooters' and enjoy them all!
You're probably correct though... Sure as can be you'll end up with one each!