picked up this 5 1/2" barrel old army on the classifieds page here several months back. I had forgotten how much fun it was to blast away with a BP revolver. And this one is light years ahead of the brass framed pietta i used to have.
i was curious as to whether the fixed sights would shoot to POA. this is offhand and rather careless shooting at 15 yds ... i will venture to say that the sights are regulated good enough! im not loading it for target shooting. a little over 30 g. of goex 3f powder, a hornady .457 roundball, and a wonder wad is all i use. using some rws #11 caps for ignition right now.
anyway, i guess the one downside is that i felt almost bad about shooting goex BP through this nice revolver. i spent some time cleaning it and slathered it in break free when i was done. might try T7 powder next time.
btw ... i noticed, and i have noticed that some other people have noticed ... this revolver seems to have excessive cylinder tolerances and endshake compared to other ruger revolvers i own. well, i thought that this is probably to keep it from seizing up when the BP fouling starts to accumulate. after shooting it, i'm pretty convinced this is the reason. the endshake seemed to magically disappear after a cylinder of goex powder had been shot through the gun.