Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

colt SAA coil spring conversions?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by animus_divinus, Sep 22, 2010.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. animus_divinus

    animus_divinus Member

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2010
    Messages:
    64
    does anyone know whats neccessary to take a pre-existing colt SAA or clone and convert it to use coil springs throughout?
     
  2. Red Cent

    Red Cent Member

    Joined:
    May 20, 2010
    Messages:
    2,409
    Location:
    McLeansville, NC by way of WV SASS 29170L
  3. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Member

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2006
    Messages:
    11,717
    Location:
    Johnson City, TN
    :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.
     
  4. savit260

    savit260 Member

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2007
    Messages:
    792
    O.K. I'm curious...

    Why would you want to do that?
     
  5. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2002
    Messages:
    22,845
    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.
     
  6. Jim K

    Jim K Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2002
    Messages:
    17,754
    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
     
  7. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Member

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2006
    Messages:
    11,717
    Location:
    Johnson City, TN
    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.
     
  8. MCMXI

    MCMXI Member

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2008
    Messages:
    7,506
    Location:
    NW Montana
    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.

    :)
     
  9. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Member

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2007
    Messages:
    5,020
    Location:
    Northern Orygun
    There are aftermarket trigger/bolt springs for the SAA Colt clones that are made from music wire, they do not fail.
     
  10. animus_divinus

    animus_divinus Member

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2010
    Messages:
    64
    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
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page