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Freedom. Arms thread #15933882 03/24/21
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Please post your Freedom Arms pics here. I need some inspiration grin. Thoughts, experiences and opinions are welcome as well!

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I've not shot nor ever owned one. I handled one once long ago. I think it may have been the most precise well made machine I've ever had in my hands.

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Ive got two 83 models in 454 and one BFR 454 that has the older grip frame.

Ive only taken elk and deer and water buffalo. Its worked wonders and the 454/45Colt is the one to get.

Honestly the Freedom Arms is amazingly built and the quality is definately there over anything else, and ive also owned Bowen customs as well. The materials in Freedom Arms are very excellwnt.

There downfalls though. Freedom Arms have high cost. They also are 4 shot revolvers since you carry hammer down on empty chamber like Colt SAA. Unlike the BFR my Freedoms dont have freewheeling cyclinders either. I believe the Freedom arms also have shorter cyclinder lengths by a bitbas well. This doesnt matter to me butbwill to some.

I prefer the Freedom grip and the new model BFR grip to other incliding the Bisley type Ruger makes. The Ruger Bisley raps my middle finger hard whule the Freedom and new BFR are comfy and have more room and space in that junction.

Freedom arms are great. BFR represents a great high performance value. Thats my opinion as owner of 3 specimens. Wish i had more of both of these.

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Originally Posted by Theoldpinecricker
Ive got two 83 models in 454 and one BFR 454 that has the older grip frame.

Ive only taken elk and deer and water buffalo. Its worked wonders and the 454/45Colt is the one to get.

Honestly the Freedom Arms is amazingly built and the quality is definately there over anything else, and ive also owned Bowen customs as well. The materials in Freedom Arms are very excellwnt.

There downfalls though. Freedom Arms have high cost. They also are 4 shot revolvers since you carry hammer down on empty chamber like Colt SAA. Unlike the BFR my Freedoms dont have freewheeling cyclinders either. I believe the Freedom arms also have shorter cyclinder lengths by a bitbas well. This doesnt matter to me butbwill to some.

I prefer the Freedom grip and the new model BFR grip to other incliding the Bisley type Ruger makes. The Ruger Bisley raps my middle finger hard whule the Freedom and new BFR are comfy and have more room and space in that junction.

Freedom arms are great. BFR represents a great high performance value. Thats my opinion as owner of 3 specimens. Wish i had more of both of these.
I have a ton of Rugers and in fact a handful of ones I’ve never shot so I figured I’d start a small collection of FA’s, 3 83’s and a couple 97s I had in mind.

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Nice! I am struggling right now with grabbing a 7.5” 454 or a 6” 44.

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Originally Posted by smallfry
Nice! I am struggling right now with grabbing a 7.5” 454 or a 6” 44.

Go 45cal.

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This is mine, a 7.5" .454 Casull, which I purchased 1.5 years ago. It's a fantastic gun, the best revolver I have ever handled.
Compared to some of the custom single actions you get very good value for your money. Personally I trust the hammer block (not just a "safety notch") but I would prefer a transfer bar.


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I grabbed a FA '97 5.5" round butt 44 Special last year, that thing hangs on the safe door and drips honey, talk about sweet! the old 7.5" FA '83 in 454 remains the tank it's always been, dont think i could wear it out in two lifetimes.

Great Revolvers.

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This is a M97 in .327 Federal.. These things are built like very fine watches.... Very tight tolerances and excellent movements all around.


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Originally Posted by Earlyagain
I've not shot nor ever owned one. I handled one once long ago. I think it may have been the most precise well made machine I've ever had in my hands.


I have a model 97 in .45 Colt and I agree with this statement.

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Here is jwp475's (he doesn't have a pic hosting acct) contribution to this fine thread:

It's a FA 83 in .454 Casull.

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And, yes, I'm pretty excited for everyone to see it, not read that I'm posting it for a friend, and thinking it's mine! Ha!


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Originally Posted by Waders
Here is jwp475's (he doesn't have a pic hosting acct) contribution to this fine thread:

It's a FA 83 in .454 Casull.

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And, yes, I'm pretty excited for everyone to see it, not read that I'm posting it for a friend, and think it's mine! Ha!


Thanks fir posting. This was purchased around 86 or 87 and is my favorite FA83, I also own a a 6" and a 7 1/2" in 454



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Very nice guys. The line up I want:
FA 83 454 7.5” PG with the action job and black micarta
FA 83 44 Mag 6” PG with action job and black micarta
FA 83 475 4.75” PG with action job, round butted black micarta
FA 97 44spl or 45 lc 4.25” (with acp cyl) with action job, round butted black micarta.

A couple 97s would be nice actually lol
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3 1/2" Round Butt M97 .45 Colt w/45acp aux cyl
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That’s awesome paul! You own a 44 spl as well don’t you?

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.44 Special (lower left). .475 Linebaugh (upper right)
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Originally Posted by paul105

.500 JRH (Huntington conversion on FA83) -- top

How do those conversions work? I thought the .500 JRH rim diameter was too big for the Model 83 cylinder.


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The 500 JRH is 500 S&W Mag brass cut to approx 1.4" and the rims turned to fit in the FA cyl. Jack H commissioned properly headstamped 500 JRH brass which ran out -- Buffalobore now offers it - it can be made from 500 S&W if you have the ability to turn the rims (I have some of this and some orig Huntington brass).

It's a ballistic twin to the FA 500 Wyoming Express.

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