Just watched Pale Rider for the first time in many years...


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BrennanKG
December 19, 2006, 03:47 PM
Damn but that revolver Eastwood was using looked cool. IMDB's trivia section identified it as a Remington 1858 revolver that has been converted to pistol cartridges. Can anyone tell me if that is an accurate assessment? I thought the ability to remove the whole chamber and replace it with a full one was a nifty trick but I don't have any idea as to whether that's been done in a functional, firing revolver.

Thanks,
B. (the revolver ignorant)

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.38 Special
December 19, 2006, 03:50 PM
Yes, it's the real deal. Many of the old percussion guns were converted to cartridges. You can buy replica '58 Remingtons for a few hundred bucks (although the conversion guns are more expensive and are subject to all the same laws as any other cartidge gun) and swap cylinders to your heart's content!

BrennanKG
December 19, 2006, 03:59 PM
Coolness.
Thanks for the information.

It might be something I'll have to look into.
After all, not ALL of my handguns need to be semis, right?
;)



B.

.38 Special
December 19, 2006, 04:01 PM
Percussion revolver are good, cheap, dirty fun.

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/links/link.jsp?id=0006195216068a&type=product&cmCat=search&returnPage=search-results1.jsp&QueryText=1858+remington&N=4887&Ntk=Products&Ntx=mode+matchall&Nty=1&Ntt=1858+remington&noImage=0

Don't drop the loaded cylinder while changing it -- it might be your final mistake. :cool:

BrennanKG
December 19, 2006, 04:06 PM
Wow, that's a sweet looking deal.
Are those decent replicas?


B.

BrennanKG
December 19, 2006, 04:12 PM
http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/pod/horizontal-pod.jsp?id=0036661&navCount=7&parentId=cat20817&masterpathid=&navAction=push&cmCat=search-cat20817_TGP-cat20817&parentType=index&indexId=cat20817&rid=

This LeMat looks cool!




B.

.38 Special
December 19, 2006, 04:13 PM
Yes, they're very good. My first BP gun was a stainless 1858 from Cabela's and it held up through thousands of rounds and no small amount of abuse.

Jrsmith
December 19, 2006, 05:30 PM
I've had my blued 1858 from cabela's for a year or so now, and it still keeps on ticking perfectly. It's a blast to shoot.

ArmedBear
December 19, 2006, 05:44 PM
I thought the ability to remove the whole chamber and replace it with a full one was a nifty trick but I don't have any idea as to whether that's been done in a functional, firing revolver.


It was even more desirable in the original leverloading configuration. Yes, people did it.

You can still buy cylinder pouches so you can keep extras on your belt, in fact.

About 1/3 of the way down the page: http://www.fcsutler.com/fcleather.asp

http://www.fcsutler.com/pcylinderbox.gif

Thefabulousfink
December 19, 2006, 05:52 PM
A good safety tip is to load the extra cylinder, but don't put on the precussion caps until you put it on the gun. If you have a good inline capper it doesn't take very long to cap all 6 chambers, and a rock hitting a cap will fire it just as well as the hammer.:what:

Jamie C.
December 19, 2006, 05:56 PM
There's an entire thread on the Pale Rider gun in the Blackpowder Shooting section, complete with pictures of the movie gun as well as actual historic conversions.

It's here: Movie - Pale Rider - gun identification (http://thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=234892&highlight=%22Pale+Rider%22)


J.C.

ArmedBear
December 19, 2006, 06:11 PM
If you have a good inline capper it doesn't take very long to cap all 6 chambers, and a rock hitting a cap will fire it just as well as the hammer.

What capper do you use?

I've had trouble with the Remington cylinder, as it's not very open on the sides.

A Rogers and Spencer cylinder caps with anything, but not a Remmie.:)

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