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I've got a stainless Old Army that I bought at a swap meet at the Rifle club a couple/three years ago. It was in unfired condition when I got it and I'm sorry to say it's still in the exact same condition. IIRC I paid about $400 for it... seems like I got a better deal than I thought if current values are 800-900.
 

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I'm almost ashamed to say that I've never fired my Old Army either :( I also have this Lemat that is new in box, never fired. They are just to pretty to mess up firing. I also showed the breakdown of the Lemat in case anyone was wondering about it.


 

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knifegeak, There is no difference .... all Ruger Old Armies have the same bore diameter but the early production model was measured the traditional muzzle loader way (44 cal) and the other was measured the same way modern center fire revolvers are measured (45 cal).

44 Cal muzzle loader rifles and pistols use a 44 cal lead ball wrapped with a cloth patch. This makes the overall projectile diameter and bore 45 cal (gets its name from the 44 cal bullet). Modern revolver bores are measured from the distance between the grooves in the rifling so the modern way to measure an Old Army bore would be 45 cal. Ruger Old Army revolvers don't use a cloth patch so a .457" lead bullet is squished in the cylinder with a seating lever. This make a tight seal between the bore and bullet. Confusing, huh?

I have an Old Army and a 44 cal 1858 Remington clone (ASM). It says right on its factory box "44 cal", however it uses the same .457" soft lead ball bullets as my ROA.

Here's my ROA with a factory brass grip frame:


Here's my 1858 Remington clone with a similarity to the ROA:
Thanks that's very helpful
 

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There is no guaging the selling/asking price for these hand guns. My first was an unfired 5-1/2" Stainless with box & booklet with a serial number of xx66 (the original owner had a subscription with Ruger to get the 66th of any production)
I paid $585 for it at a gunshow from a Ruger specialist about 10 years ago.
My second is a blued 5-1/2 unfired w/ box & booklet that I purchased at an action for a defunct gun store. I paid $250 for it about a 1/2 dozen years ago. I was the ONLY bidder.
 

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Old Army values depend on several factors. First, you have want to be into black powder and if so, you are hard pressed to find a better BP revolver than an Old Army. When ROAs are listed for sale along with normal revolvers (smokeless powder), they generally don't fare very well, however when listed with other black powder guns, they tend to sell for more money. The limited production models are more valuable .... like 5 1/2" fixed sight models, stainless steel models, and brass grip frame models. Typical for all Rugers .... once production stops, values start climbing. If you live in an area where black powder events are popular, ROAs tend to get pretty pricy. All it takes is a good western movie to motivate people to buy a black powder six-shooter.
 
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