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#7171145 - 12/11/12 45 colt windage adjustment help?
damifinowfish Offline
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Registered: 12/01/03
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I have an Uberti 45 colt New Dakota model.

The thing shoots about 10 to 12 inches to the left at 25 yards.

I've been told that this is how they shoot but this does not sound right to me.

Should I take this to a gun smith to get it sighted in straight or is this something I have to learn to live with?

Thanks in advance for your help

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#7171366 - 12/11/12 Re: 45 colt windage adjustment help? [Re: damifinowfish]
gunner500 Offline
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Registered: 09/08/09
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Loc: Oklahoma
I'd see if a Smith could tighten the barrel a bit, or gingerly tweak front blade to the left.

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#7190761 - 12/16/12 Re: 45 colt windage adjustment help? [Re: gunner500]
Bowbldr Offline
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Registered: 11/25/12
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First I'd let a buddy shoot it and see if he gets the same results.

If you are both getting 2" groups a foot to the left then the sight has to be adjusted or you have to get used to it.
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#7192748 - 12/17/12 Re: 45 colt windage adjustment help? [Re: Bowbldr]
Dirtfarmer Offline
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Registered: 11/28/10
Posts: 13791
Loc: Central Louisiana
I've turned barrels on fixed sight single action revolvers to move windage. Just takes the right tools (Brownells has them).
Not that hard to do.

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#7196983 - 12/18/12 Re: 45 colt windage adjustment help? [Re: Dirtfarmer]
damifinowfish Offline
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Registered: 12/01/03
Posts: 21
Yes

I have had three different shooters shoot this gun and every one is off by the same amount.

Thanks for help

this gives me a direction to move towards

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#7197971 - 12/18/12 Re: 45 colt windage adjustment help? [Re: damifinowfish]
Notropis Offline
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Registered: 04/16/08
Posts: 2919
Loc: Coastal N.C.
I recently got a used Colt SSA 44/40 that shoots to point of aim very nicely. The front sight leans to one side quite noticeably. I don't notice it when actually sighting the revolver.

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#7198591 - 12/18/12 Re: 45 colt windage adjustment help? [Re: Notropis]
Dirtfarmer Offline
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Originally Posted By: Notropis
I recently got a used Colt SSA 44/40 that shoots to point of aim very nicely. The front sight leans to one side quite noticeably. I don't notice it when actually sighting the revolver.

Sounds like it's been adjusted. Front sights often lean one way or the other after the barrel has been turned.

DF

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#7199319 - 12/18/12 Re: 45 colt windage adjustment help? [Re: Dirtfarmer]
Notropis Offline
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Originally Posted By: Dirtfarmer
Originally Posted By: Notropis
I recently got a used Colt SSA 44/40 that shoots to point of aim very nicely. The front sight leans to one side quite noticeably. I don't notice it when actually sighting the revolver.

Sounds like it's been adjusted. Front sights often lean one way or the other after the barrel has been turned.

DF


That is what I assumed. The OP may need to have the same thing done to his revolver.

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#7199847 - 12/18/12 Re: 45 colt windage adjustment help? [Re: Notropis]
timbo762 Offline
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Registered: 09/09/12
Posts: 858
Loc: Lake Havasu, AZ
Originally Posted By: Notropis
Originally Posted By: Dirtfarmer
Originally Posted By: Notropis
I recently got a used Colt SSA 44/40 that shoots to point of aim very nicely. The front sight leans to one side quite noticeably. I don't notice it when actually sighting the revolver.

Sounds like it's been adjusted. Front sights often lean one way or the other after the barrel has been turned.

DF


That is what I assumed. The OP may need to have the same thing done to his revolver.
I've owned many fixed sight revolvers and pistols over the years, and Colts have consistently shot to (or very close to) point of aim more than any other brand. I realize this is anecdotal, but I can't remember having a Colt where the sights were "way off".
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#7200243 - 12/18/12 Re: 45 colt windage adjustment help? [Re: timbo762]
Dirtfarmer Offline
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Registered: 11/28/10
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Loc: Central Louisiana
My experience with Colts, as well.

DF

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#7204210 - 12/19/12 Re: 45 colt windage adjustment help? [Re: Dirtfarmer]
leemar28 Offline
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Registered: 03/02/05
Posts: 350
Loc: Mt,Va
The Colt SAA's that I have had, all shot low and left. I have tried turning the Barrel, but I dont like the way the sight leans.
What I do now is take a proper fitting file thats dead on the bottem edge, and slowly widen the notch in the frame untill it shoots where I want.
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#7205439 - 12/20/12 Re: 45 colt windage adjustment help? [Re: leemar28]
Dirtfarmer Offline
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Registered: 11/28/10
Posts: 13791
Loc: Central Louisiana
The problem I have with cutting a Colt frame, you cut through the case hardening. If it works, then OK. I don't think that will help resale value, which may not be an issue if you're happy with it and it's a keeper.

DF

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#7208075 - 12/20/12 Re: 45 colt windage adjustment help? [Re: Dirtfarmer]
leemar28 Offline
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Registered: 03/02/05
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Loc: Mt,Va
taking a few .001's off dosent hurt the case hardening. You just file on the notch, not the whole grove. If done correctly you wont know it !
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