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convert an 1873 SAA cap and ball to SAA cartridge revolver?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by jason41987, Nov 27, 2012.

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  1. jason41987

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    i have an 1873 SAA revolver that was given to me as a gift a while ago.. its a cap and ball version... anyway, i dont like it very much, and wanted to sell it and buy a real one, but it was a gift, so i do feel a bit obligated to keep it... so i was wondering, is there some way to convert it?....

    i read a previous thread relating to these on another forum, and apparently standard SAA cylinders do in fact fit and line up fine.. but the firing pin hole is offset... the thread i read involved a guy drilling out the firing pin hole to fire it, and it did fire, however, the hole was enlarged a bit too much and it allowed the caps to pop off the cartridges and push the hammer back

    so i was wondering if anyone whos more familiar with the colt design could shed some light onto this issue, and maybe give some advice as what could further be done to mine to convert it to a standard 1873 cartridge revolver?..

    if im not mistaken, didnt colts have a larger-than-needed firing pin hole that had a bushing pressed in and pinned into place... this way the bushing could be replaced in the future when the revolvers would wear out in this area?.... would it be possible to get a colt bushing, drill the firing pine hole out and pin this bushing in to rebuild this area of the frame... thus converting it back into what it should be?
     
  2. jason41987

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    eeh, forget it, ive decided to just sell it and buy a normal one.. i couldnt convert it into the caliber im interested in anyway so it wouldnt be worth it
     
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    Wise decision.

    While it might be possible to convert it?
    The new cylinder and required gunsmith machine work would cost way more then the gun is worth.

    rc
     
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