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1851 Makeover

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by canaris, Sep 3, 2016.

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  1. canaris

    canaris Member

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    For sometime I have had a Pietta 1860 that I bought from Cabela's back in the 80's. The gun seemed a little dull and lackluster, used it a couple of times and put it up. After getting a Uberti 1860 which was a lively handling gun in the hand, I decided that the Pietta will become a project gun. The first thing I did was replace the barrel with a 51 44cal Navy barrel, creating a sort of hybrid.

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    Then Pietta brought out the new improved 51 grip - so that became a must have. Then I thought - conversion! Had to have a Kirst. Then came all the hard hand fitting work, had to replace all of the innards. (Boy want a difference in quality between the new stuff and old). She is done. I may still get a spare 5" barrel in the future.

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  2. Blackpowdershooter44

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    Great work! That's the beauty about these repro colts, you can do what you did and interchange most of the parts. Tuco would be proud.
     
  3. 45 Dragoon

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    Yes, Tuco would!!

    Nice job!! Love me some .45s !!

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  4. 45 Dragoon

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    Oh yeah, better fix the short arbor deal or it'll eat itself.

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  5. canaris

    canaris Member

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    Actually, when I installed the 51 barrel the Arbor was too long. So the issue was addressed.
     
  6. dogrunner

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    Where'd you get the replacement grip frame??
     
  7. canaris

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    Ebay - came with grip and hammer spring.
     
  8. bannockburn

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    I like it! Very nice work with the modifications!
     
  9. canaris

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    Thank you. Not half bad considering it was all done by hand (no dremel) with a rat tail file and emory cloth.
     
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