just got a 1873 repro in 45 cal


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thagunman
July 31, 2013, 08:11 PM
i just got my first black powder gun today and its the 1873 single action repro in 45 cal. this thing has a 10 inch barrel and is freaking awsome. i was wondering if its even possible to get a different cylinder in 45lc and change the pin on the hammer to make it fire a 45lc that i reload already? any replies will be appreciated

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Jim Watson
July 31, 2013, 09:06 PM
The gun is designed to make it as difficult as possible to convert to cartridge.
Are you a proficient machinist?

Ron James
July 31, 2013, 09:07 PM
My understanding is that the Black powder Colt 1873 replicas are designed in such a manner that they can not be converted.

thagunman
July 31, 2013, 09:26 PM
i am a decent machinist and i do see how they tried to make it unconvertable but at my first breakdown it looks that it can be done. the firing pin is just pinned to the hammer but the opening it goes thru is only half cut which suggests to me that was one of the features they incorporated but aside from that and the cylinder of course seems to be it

Driftwood Johnson
July 31, 2013, 09:27 PM
Howdy

This question gets asked about once a month.

No it is not convertible. They are designed for the European market, where it is often difficult to legally own a handgun. So they are designed to be just about impossible to convert to fire cartridges.

thagunman
July 31, 2013, 09:30 PM
No it is not convertible. They are designed for the European market, where it is often difficult to legally own a handgun. So they are designed to be just about impossible to convert to fire cartridges.

ok well as i stated i am very new to black powder and didnt know any better. i guess ill have to trade my fnp 9mm for a 45 lc 1873 repro.

Crawdad1
August 1, 2013, 08:43 AM
An 1873 SAA cap and ball revolver?? :what:

How would that work? I don't get it. :confused:

Skinny 1950
August 3, 2013, 05:22 AM
Here is an example of how it does work.

http://i989.photobucket.com/albums/af11/Skinny1950/RangeApril162011Revolvingcarbine009.jpg (http://s989.photobucket.com/user/Skinny1950/media/RangeApril162011Revolvingcarbine009.jpg.html)

http://i989.photobucket.com/albums/af11/Skinny1950/RangeApril162011Revolvingcarbine004.jpg (http://s989.photobucket.com/user/Skinny1950/media/RangeApril162011Revolvingcarbine004.jpg.html)
http://i989.photobucket.com/albums/af11/Skinny1950/RangeApril162011Revolvingcarbine007.jpg (http://s989.photobucket.com/user/Skinny1950/media/RangeApril162011Revolvingcarbine007.jpg.html)

Dirty Bob
August 8, 2013, 09:58 AM
Skinny 1950: Good photos showing the "1873" cap'n'ball revolver, but I'm curious about your loading stand. It looks super-sturdy and well made. Did you do it yourself? A photo or two more would be appreciated. I might want to do something similar myself, though I'm thinking about how I could make it lighter.

Just curious,
Dirty Bob

Crawdad1
August 8, 2013, 10:49 AM
Beautiful revolver Skinny!! But how would you load or reload that 73' SAA in the field?

dprice3844444
August 8, 2013, 11:14 AM
question? is the frame itself rated for smokeless powder?
http://www.cartridgeconversion.com/
http://www.buffaloarms.com/r_and_d_conversion_cylinders_pr-3787.aspx
http://www.taylorsfirearms.com/cartridge-conversions.html/
http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=321930

Driftwood Johnson
August 9, 2013, 08:06 PM
question? is the frame itself rated for smokeless powder?

It does not matter. Notice in the photo of the rear of the cylinder how nothing is symmetrical. Everything is off center. As I said earlier, these guns are made for the European market and are designed purposely to be next to impossible to convert to firing cartridges. The conversion cylinders you have linked to will not work in this revolver. Everything is designed to be off center.

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