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TFoley

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I thought I'd heard that Pietta's were mechanically better. My CVA Walker has a short arbor too. I need to fix that.
Since the adoption of CNC and CAD processes in the late noughties, Pietta's are VERY different to their earlier, hand-fettled, products. They are, IMO, the equal of any other high-quality Italian-made firearm and I recommend them to anybody. I've never seen a blue Model of 1858, though, but I shot beside my old pal Ken yesterday - me with my ROA and him with his recent Pietta and both were equally well-made to me.

Just remember that if the version you buy has adjustable sights then it does not comply with the N-SSA rulebook. You might 'fudge' the shiny finish - stainless-v-nickel - but the fancy sights are a no-no from the off.
 

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Stainless isn't any easier to clean than blue, and nickel will tarnish with blackpowder fouling. I've seen a stainless Ruger Redhawk that was pitted rather badly.

Buy a blued one, clean it properly, and all will be well. ;)
Stainless pits because there is SALT present. That STAINLESS RUGER was most likely loaded with Pyrodex.
 

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Stainless pits because there is SALT present. That STAINLESS RUGER was most likely loaded with Pyrodex.
You think black powder would have less likely caused pitting? I have Pyrodex and stopped shooting it through my rifle because it seemed to take longer to clean out if I had done quite a bit of shooting for the day.
Using black powder in my rifle it just seems to clean up easier. I figure the same for a pistol.
 

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Since the adoption of CNC and CAD processes in the late noughties, Pietta's are VERY different to their earlier, hand-fettled, products. They are, IMO, the equal of any other high-quality Italian-made firearm and I recommend them to anybody. I've never seen a blue Model of 1858, though, but I shot beside my old pal Ken yesterday - me with my ROA and him with his recent Pietta and both were equally well-made to me.

Just remember that if the version you buy has adjustable sights then it does not comply with the N-SSA rulebook. You might 'fudge' the shiny finish - stainless-v-nickel - but the fancy sights are a no-no from the off.
I can't find any adjustable site models anyhow.
 

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You think black powder would have less likely caused pitting? I have Pyrodex and stopped shooting it through my rifle because it seemed to take longer to clean out if I had done quite a bit of shooting for the day.
Using black powder in my rifle it just seems to clean up easier. I figure the same for a pistol.
Truth!

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