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Just watched Pale Rider for the first time in many years...

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by BrennanKG, Dec 19, 2006.

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  1. BrennanKG

    BrennanKG Member

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    Damn but that revolver Eastwood was using looked cool. IMDB's trivia section identified it as a Remington 1858 revolver that has been converted to pistol cartridges. Can anyone tell me if that is an accurate assessment? I thought the ability to remove the whole chamber and replace it with a full one was a nifty trick but I don't have any idea as to whether that's been done in a functional, firing revolver.

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    B. (the revolver ignorant)
     
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    Yes, it's the real deal. Many of the old percussion guns were converted to cartridges. You can buy replica '58 Remingtons for a few hundred bucks (although the conversion guns are more expensive and are subject to all the same laws as any other cartidge gun) and swap cylinders to your heart's content!
     
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    Coolness.
    Thanks for the information.

    It might be something I'll have to look into.
    After all, not ALL of my handguns need to be semis, right?
    ;)



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    Wow, that's a sweet looking deal.
    Are those decent replicas?


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    Yes, they're very good. My first BP gun was a stainless 1858 from Cabela's and it held up through thousands of rounds and no small amount of abuse.
     
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    I've had my blued 1858 from cabela's for a year or so now, and it still keeps on ticking perfectly. It's a blast to shoot.
     
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    It was even more desirable in the original leverloading configuration. Yes, people did it.

    You can still buy cylinder pouches so you can keep extras on your belt, in fact.

    About 1/3 of the way down the page: http://www.fcsutler.com/fcleather.asp

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    A good safety tip is to load the extra cylinder, but don't put on the precussion caps until you put it on the gun. If you have a good inline capper it doesn't take very long to cap all 6 chambers, and a rock hitting a cap will fire it just as well as the hammer.:what:
     
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    There's an entire thread on the Pale Rider gun in the Blackpowder Shooting section, complete with pictures of the movie gun as well as actual historic conversions.

    It's here: Movie - Pale Rider - gun identification


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    What capper do you use?

    I've had trouble with the Remington cylinder, as it's not very open on the sides.

    A Rogers and Spencer cylinder caps with anything, but not a Remmie.:)
     
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