I had an El Patron Competition for about 3 yrs. My interest was making it the fastest/most reliable S.A. ever. I achieved that (for me anyway!)!! I removed the wire combination spring (from factory) and installed coil trigger and bolt springs (mine), a bolt block, action stop, my version of a coil and plunger (I call a " coil and pushrod " which is a slightly larger rod in diameter and a shorter/stouter spring), dressed the mainspring to give a "just under 3 lb. hammer draw. The trigger pull was 2 1/2 lb (POS.). I also do some " proprietary " dressing of the bolt head as well as the arms . . . hammer cam height (which allows such a light hammer draw to work!).
I fitted a 45 acp cyl. and fanned this revolver daily 50 cycles with each cyl, for 3 yrs. A most excellent revolver!!! Ended up selling it to a buddy (who wanted to buy one of my Dragoons! I couldn't!!! So I offered him the El Patron (which he had shot on occasion)) and that was good enough! I thought at this point, I can do the same thing to a plain Jane Cattleman so, I was good with it too! After all, my Dragoons are what "brought me to the dance!!"
As far as the op's question, I believe they are pretty much the same, it just depends who you buy from. My buddy says it the finest S.A. he owns!! (after 3 yrs fanning !! Notches are perfect, bolt is perfect . . . definitely a fun gun . . . I'd bet my life on!!!
Last Edit: Aug 17, 2019 17:14:39 GMT -5 by 45dragoon