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This thread topic is from the SA forum, but I thought I'd bring it up here to see if there are any different opinions.

I have enough in-store credit with Cabela's to get one of these with enough spare change for a cheap holster and some ammo. My problem is that I can't get past that ugly spray paint looking finish.

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I have a pard that has a pair, I got to play with them, if I were looking for a brace of pistols, I wouldn't hesitate. The work good, shoot good. I've heard of folks removing the finish. They say it looks like an antique and are pleased with them. I've never seen one that this has ben done, but have heard good things.
 

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Thanks for the reply BF. Do you have any idea how guys are going about stripping that ugly finish off? If you do that, won't you pretty much be able to just watch the thing rust before your eyes?
 

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I do some sandblasting as a hoby and iffen it were me I would the blast cabinet for removal--probably would give it a nice frosted finish, too.
The pards that remove theirs keep them oiled. And even then they do have a speck or two of rust now and then.
 

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I have looked at a Millenium revolver and I can't in the World see why anyone would buy one. EMF sells the Dakota revolvers for $249.00 and they are very well finished. They are also made by Uberti. You can get them in all 3 barrel lengths and in .45 or .357 caliber. Not only is the Millenium rough looking but it has a grip that is not the same as the Colt clones. Besides you would be doing business with Ge. Grant SASS#2. I have 3 of the Hartford revolvers by EMF and they are truly beautiful. The Hartfords cost $300 wholesale/ The New Dakotas are finished just like the Hartfords.

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:eek: I have a pair of Millenniums and used them at a match this past Saturday. Missed one on my first stage, missed one on my second stage and shot clean on my third stage. Then I lost my focus.

I find they are right on point of aim and comfortable to handle. Despite
the rustic look, I like them. I put in new Wolf main springs and they have performed well. If I miss, it's me, not the pistols. Can't beat the price!

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Best buy on the market pricewise! Quality is good too. I had to replace the bolt stop/trigger spring in mine and then it was as a good a shooter as any I've ever shot! Yes the finish is wierd, but as noted there are inexpensive solutions that create your own very unique lookin gun at a very reasonable price.

Regarding the grip frame that Lone Yankee commented about, actually some folks like it much better than the SAA grips! I have an Open Top in .38 Special, built on the 51 Navy frame, and I swapped the grips straight across..........they're the same grips! Personally I like the Remmie grip frame best but that Navy grip frame is awful danged nice in the hands! 8)
 

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Thanks for the input everyone. I keep thinking that I may have to get one of these just to try out. I really like my Bisley BH (5.5" SS .45 Colt) grip frame, but there something gnawing at me about a more traditional 1873 configuration. I guess I'll just have to deal with that butt-ugly "rustic look" (you're too kind Judge Naylor :) ) finish later.

Lone Yankee, I hear what you're saying, believe me. But one HUGE thing that this pistol has going for it in my book is my in-store credit with Cabela's. I wouldn't even have to sneak this one into the house. 8)
 

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Sneak it into the house that is somthing that all male gun owners can relate too. At least in the old days before power you just waited till dark, then snuck it in. :)
 

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I have a pair of milleniums. I polished the brass grip frame with a dremel and I think they look real nice. I put wolff spring kits in them and I shoot them with the Holy Black.
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Pards ya must be doing sumpin wrong iffen ya hafta sneak guns into the house. Can't relate to that problem as I've never had it. Iffen I want one and can put together the wherewithal to buy it I jist go get it and brang it on home and we all take a look see at it and it gets put away until I have time to play with it. Gonna go pick up another one tomorrow.

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I pick my battles very carefully Marshall. :wink: Battles about new lead launchers are avoided at all costs.
 

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Well, I did it. I walked out of Cabela's on Saturday with a brand new .45 and my wallet wasn't any lighter. Gotta like when that happens. :grin:

This finish is butt ugly though. In talking with the guys behind the counter, it seems that just about every one of them has one of these revolvers, and most of them have done away with the spray paint finish by using Mother's Mag Wheel Polish, which gives it a nice "used" pewter type look. Has anyone used this before?

I'm pretty happy with the gun so far. I was able to top off the oil in my truck with all of the oil I got off my new .45, but there wasn't any rust on the gun from it's ride across the pond, so I guess it did it's job. The bottom edge of the hammer spur will need to have a sharp edge polished off, but other than that, fit and 'finish' (as it were) seem to be first rate.

At some point I'll get around to doing something about the finish, but it's spring time and there are far too many things on the list to get done first. For now, I'll just consider the finish "tactically correct". :wink: :)

Does anyone know where I can get a schematic for this gun? Gun Parts Corp was a bust.
 

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Thanks for the link SAAJim. I appreciate it.

Now, what is going to happen when I take the trigger guard off? Will a bunch of pieces-n-parts come flying out, or is everything held in place by the screws in the side of the frame?
 

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Once you take a SAA apart once or twice, you'll find that it's really a simple mechanism. Remove the grips if you have 2 piece grips (if 1 piece grips they'll come off when you take off the backstrap). Take out the 3 screws on the back strap and remove backstrap, loosen main spring screw on the leg of the trigger guard and remove main spring, unscrew the 3 screws of the trigger guard and you're inside - nothing will fall out. Remove the bolt/trigger spring screw & spring, then the bolt and trigger screws and bolt and trigger. Take out the hammer screw and hammer/hand assembly. One thing to look for is whether your gun has the original flat type hand spring that's installed on the hand or the newer designed coil spring/plunger assembly that some of the clones use. If it's coil, you'll probably see it when you take the backstrap off as it goes thru a hole in the rear of the frame - either thru the left upper backstrap screw hole or its own hole just above and to the right of that screw hole. To the best of my knowledge, Uberti has used the coil spring setup for quite a while. I got an EMF Hartford (Uberti) a couple of years ago and it had the coil spring setup. If you want, remove the loading gate screw, spring, & plunger and then draw the gate forward out of the frame. That'll pretty much do it. A very simple mechanism to disassemble/reassemble; fitting and timing new parts, now that's a whole 'nother story - springs are easy to change though.
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Outstanding! Thanks for the info SAAJim. Rest assured, once I take this apart and put it together again, and have some parts leftover, I'll be back. :oops:
 
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