October 16, 2013, 06:25 AM
Since the Smith & Wesson model 629 and the 610 both use the N frame could you take a 629 and change out the cylinder and the barrel and turn it into a model 610? Would more part be needed to make the conversion? If so which parts?
October 16, 2013, 04:45 PM
Theoretically, yes. Practically, no unless you can't find a 610, must do it as a practical exercise, and/or for braggin' rights. I know that CNC machining has improved consistency in parts, but ultimately all parts must be fit to work together properly. Every part in the gun is involved, not just the cylinder, barrel, and frame. If you were to screw in a 610 barrel and install the 610 cylinder, the cylinder headspace and endshake would have to be set to that frame, timing of the cylinder carry up set possibly necessitating a new cylinder stop, hand, and/or ratchet, and cylinder to barrel gap would still have to be check/adjusted, meaning that the barrel might have to be faced off on the rear or additionally pulled to have the shoulder set back and then faced off to set proper gap. Then you would have to recut the forcing cone. Are you up for all of that, because it will cost? Then again, you might just get lucky... or not.
October 16, 2013, 08:38 PM
Cheaper to just buy a 610, and then have two S&W handguns in .41 & .44.
Revolver mods like that are NOT cheap.
If you have it done by someone who has any business even attempting it.
As BBBBill explained, it's not something the average handyman can do himself on the kitchen table.
October 16, 2013, 08:55 PM
Thank guys. It was just a thought since I have not been able to find a used 610 with a 6 1/2 inch barrel that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.
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