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mike.
February 24, 2013, 03:49 PM
Looking for a Gunsmith/machine shop in socal.Have a 1858 Pietta i want to convert to a Kirst cylinder.
Thanks
Mike

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AR15barrels
February 27, 2013, 05:26 AM
I'm in SoCal and have a decent machine shop.
I would have to see your project to better understand exactly what you need done though.

Dave Markowitz
February 28, 2013, 12:22 PM
Mike,

If you have a modicum of mechanical aptitude, a vise, some files, wet/dry sandpaper, duct tape, cold blue, hacksaw, and a Dremel tool, you can do it yourself. I did one last year.

I used duct tape to protect the finish while I worked on it.

Kirst includes a paper template that you affix to the inside of the frame with rubber cement, to guide you when cutting the loading port. The frame is pretty soft steel. I used a sanding drum and a grinding wheel to cut the loading port.

http://flintlock.org/pics/var/resizes/Pietta-1858-Conversion/1858_masked.JPG?m=1339360178

After polishing with increasingly finer grits of wet/dry sandpaper, Birchwood Casey cold blue was used to finish the metal.

http://flintlock.org/pics/var/resizes/Pietta-1858-Conversion/Kirst_Gate_Closeup.JPG?m=1339358338

I also added a Remington factory-style ejector, which required a slot cut in the loading lever.

http://flintlock.org/pics/var/resizes/Pietta-1858-Conversion/Kirst_Ejector_L.JPG?m=1339358343

It came out nicely and shoots well.

http://flintlock.org/pics/var/resizes/Pietta-1858-Conversion/Pietta_1858_Kirst_R.JPG?m=1339358335

This was the first such conversion I did. I took it slowly, putting in about 8 hours over the course of a weekend. It would probably take less time if I do another.

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