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Posted: 12/29/2005 1:15:11 PM EDT
Looking at a 1880 Colt Frontier tomorrow, price of 1K she also has a 1877 Lightning in excellent condition for 2500. Only going to get one. [all I can afford] Lightning is in 38LC, frontier is in .45 Colt. Leaning toward the Frontier myself as the 1877 has a reputation as being fragile, and I don't have any 38Colt ammo. So, whats the better buy? 1877 is in better shape with more finish but the Frontier seems to be more collectable. I think the Frontier is the better deal.
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 1:52:16 PM EDT
I woud go for the Frontier. Remember to post pics after you pick it up.
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 2:01:00 PM EDT
Thanks for the info, Anyone else with any knowledge of old Colt SAAs. I am more of a 1911 guy and own just a few SAAs. I'm just referring to my books for info about them. I do know who owned it before she did [he passed away] and he was pretty well known around here as a Colt collector. She has a excellent Camp Perry .22 single shot revolver that is quite cool. I've handled that one. Very different.
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 2:08:05 PM EDT
I believe that if it is in .45 LC then it is technically a "Peacemaker," and that the "Frontiers" were in .44-40.
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 2:11:14 PM EDT
tag for pics.
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 3:28:24 PM EDT

Originally Posted By happycynic:
I believe that if it is in .45 LC then it is technically a "Peacemaker," and that the "Frontiers" were in .44-40.

Yep, I just talked with her and she said she had thought it was 45Colt but that the BBL is way small. So It could well be 44-40. I just checked and 44-40 was the only caliber the Frontier came in.
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 3:34:20 PM EDT
Get the Frontier. The Lightning would nice for the collector value though.
I ogle every SAA that I see at fun shows. I've wanted one for sooooo long.
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 3:34:41 PM EDT
pics pics pics! I would love a SAA
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 6:52:00 PM EDT
Anyone else can to impart some info/knowledge? Thnx.
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 7:02:50 PM EDT
Either way, it's a purchase that you will never regret!!
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