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New 1858 (repro) .44 'Bulldog'

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Michael Tinker Pearce, Nov 4, 2018.

  1. Michael Tinker Pearce

    Michael Tinker Pearce Member

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    Just finished another cartridge conversion to .44 Colt. I also did a 'Bulldog' conversion, shortening the barrel to 1-3/4", made an under-barrel lug to retain the cylinder pin, reshaped the grip-frame and made a set of Desert Ironwood handles for it. This is in addition to the cylinder and breech-ring of course.

    The grips seem a bit flat, but work very well in the hand, and I'm not sure I'm a fan of the under-lug, since it requires tools to remover the cylinder. The cylinder locks up very tightly and the trigger is quite good; overall I'm pretty satisfied.

    The cartridges are the original style of .44 Colt, which uses a heel-base outside-lubed .451" bullet.

    Anyway here's the pics:

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    The last picture shows it with my original conversion, 'The Pug.' That one is based on a Pietta 1859 and uses a Kirst .45 Colt gated conversion.

    I didn't go too nuts on the finish; I'll be stripping the gun down and rust-bluing it later this year.
     
  2. adcoch1

    adcoch1 Member

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    Those grips are pretty flat compared to your pug grips, but they are beautiful and still look like you can hold on to them fine. This one looks a little more steampunk, while the pug looks elegantly refined. I like it!
     
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  3. OARNGESI

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    Those look like lots of fun I’d be tempted to buy them
     
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  4. The Evangelist Cowboy

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    I swear, if only i had an ounce of your talent...
     
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  5. entropy

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    I'd settle for having the tools. I know how to use them, just don't have them. Nice looking conversion snub, again!
     
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  6. Michael Tinker Pearce

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    Spent a little quality time in the shop this afternoon. Turned the under-barrel lug/cylinder pin retainer into a hinged retainer with a latch and re-shaped and refinished the grips. Better now!
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  7. Tallball

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    Nice work, as usual! :)
     
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  8. entropy

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    A very practical modification, nice!
     
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    The reverse hinged retainer reveals a genius at work.
     
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  10. bannockburn

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    Tinker

    That hinged retainer and latch is brilliant; very ingenious of you sir!
     
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  11. Michael Tinker Pearce

    Michael Tinker Pearce Member

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    Thank you! I have my moments...
     
  12. lewwallace

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    Bulldogs (English) in my world.
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  13. Michael Tinker Pearce

    Michael Tinker Pearce Member

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    ...and in mine! Ok, the top one is an RIC, but it's related... A few years back a gun writer for 'Guns of the Old West' made a snub-nosed Remington Conversion and called it an 'American Bulldog' and the name stuck. I know it ain't a real bulldog, but that's what folks call 'em.

    Nice Bulldogs, BTW!
     
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