Old Army Re-do

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Hunter
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Bought this gun a few years back from rugerguy. His recent find of a really nice Old Army package got me thinking to post a progress report.

Speaking of Old Army's that I like to resurrect. I aquired this early OA from rugerguy a few years back. I liked the early SN# and have been working on getting it back together. It had severe rust damage especially on the last few inches, inside of the barrel.
The plan; Trim it down to a 5.5" w/ adjustable sights, a gun Ruger never made. (except for the 5.5 fixed sight)
Going to rust brown and rub it out good to give it a working gun look with ample patina.

Pictures when it was offered for sale, as purchased…
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Progress as of today.
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Turned the Barrel 1/4 turn to keep the SR&Co.
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The Brass Grip Frame used was bought on the cheeeep ($40) because it was messed up from somebody that didn't have the ability to do the job,,,, right. 🙄
Qualite XR3-RED.
A lot of time and patience and it's just about perfect.
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Bullthrower338

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Excellent job, that would look great riding cross draw with a full sized Old Army strong side, you would be ready for any saloon showdown out west! I really love the look of it cut down like that!
 

Actnbill

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Holy Crap that's AWESOME !!! What an unbelievable job you did.....

Do you have any problem ramming the ball into the cylinder with the shortened lever...??

I use a vertical ram tool and just take the cylinder off to reload....sounds like a pain but actually makes reloading much faster

Congrats on your really nice OA....
 
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FWIW here is a 66 that I rust browned the barrel and magazine tube due to rust and scratches. I like the browned look and it holds up better than home bluing IMHO I have two muzzle loaders that I built and browned the barrels in the mid 70s and they look as good as the day I did them.
Awesome! Have you considered Plum Brown?


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