colt SAA coil spring conversions?


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animus_divinus
September 22, 2010, 02:43 PM
does anyone know whats neccessary to take a pre-existing colt SAA or clone and convert it to use coil springs throughout?

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Red Cent
September 22, 2010, 07:39 PM
http://www.codyscowboyshop.com/

http://cowboygunworks.com/

If these guys don't know nobody does.

The Lone Haranguer
September 22, 2010, 07:42 PM
:scrutiny: Such a conversion doesn't sound feasible to me. The gun was never designed or engineered for coil springs. If anyone could do it, it would likely cost more than a new Ruger.

savit260
September 22, 2010, 08:52 PM
O.K. I'm curious...

Why would you want to do that?

Jim Watson
September 22, 2010, 09:08 PM
If you just must, Bob Munden will do a coil spring conversion as part of his #2 action job. It won't be cheap.

At one time you could get the spring sets that AWA used in some of their single actions but it is not an easy Google.

Me?
I think it would pay to "Rugerize" the hand, drilling the frame for a coil spring and plunger instead of the little leaf spring. And there are plenty of wire trigger/bolt springs available. But there is nothing wrong in my book with a good leaf mainspring.

Jim K
September 22, 2010, 10:35 PM
Jim is correct. The mainspring is no problem (though its tension can be reduced a lot)and the other flat springs can be replaced with wire or coil springs fairly easily. However, well made flat springs will last a long time and some of us old timers feather the springs to reduce both tension and breakage, as well as reducing the "gouging" of the cylinder by the bolt. The hand spring can be replaced with a wire spring without drilling the frame for the Ruger type, but the latter system is better and more permanent.

Jim

The Lone Haranguer
September 23, 2010, 01:22 AM
O.K. I'm curious...

Why would you want to do that?
Some of the SAA's flat (leaf) springs, especially the one that pushes the locking bolt up into the cylinder notches, were prone to breaking. But metallurgy and manufacturing techniques have improved slightly since the 19th century.

1858
September 23, 2010, 06:56 AM
does anyone know whats neccessary to take a pre-existing colt SAA or clone and convert it to use coil springs throughout?

When I bought a pair of USFA Rodeos a couple of years ago from www.longhunt.com, they came with the Ruger coil spring conversion. Jim does great work over there so you could give him a call.

:)

madcratebuilder
September 23, 2010, 09:28 AM
Some of the SAA's flat (leaf) springs, especially the one that pushes the locking bolt up into the cylinder notches, were prone to breaking. But metallurgy and manufacturing techniques have improved slightly since the 19th century.
There are aftermarket trigger/bolt springs for the SAA Colt clones that are made from music wire, they do not fail.

animus_divinus
September 23, 2010, 04:23 PM
yeah.. i just read wolf makes a wire spring pack that replaces the hand and trigger springs with a wire and uses a new style leaf spring for the mainspring.. looks fairly promising to really last a long time. i may give that a try

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