Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by MI2600, Jul 9, 2019.
Anyone see a problem?
Machine for moon clips, and pull the cylinder to reload...a lot of effort for not much....
Plan B: Grind off .142" with my bench grinder.
And then your headspace would be.... wait for it........
Please don't complicate the issue with facts and logic.
But you can now buy a 10mm/.40 BH convertible. And I expect they will be an overpriced collectors item some day too. But they are reasonable now. I find I shoot it more with the 10mm cylinder than with the .40, but it does either equally well.
You can always ask the Ruger custom shop if they will fit a .40 cylinder to your gun.
I bought mine used a few years ago mainly for the 38-40, never intending to use the 10mm. The price was right. I have since accumulated some .40SW range brass and I remembered the 10mm cylinder, not thinking the matter through. Your suggestion has merit, but the cost could be prohibitive for a custom cylinder.
Wish they based the 41 Mag on the 38-40 case instead.
I didn't know Ruger had a 10mm/.40SW convertible. I think I'll contact Ruger to see if they will sell a .40 outright.
They won’t. The only time Ruger sells a cylinder for an SA is if that serial number left the factory as a convertible. In the rarest of occasions, some of us have been able to convince them to convert an SA to a chambering which was available as a factory model on that exact configuration, but they have tightened the pursestrings on this in recent years. Typical price when I have bought OEM cylinders from Ruger has been $250ish, plus shipping both ways, so around $325-350.
Not many smiths will take on revolver work, especially rechambering cylinders, and it can be pricey. When I was set up to do so, I could charge $75 per chamber - putting $450 on a cylinder rebore. This would be on top of $75-100 for the take-off cylinder you found, which is pretty simple in the common calibers.
Another option would be to purchase a convertible 10/40 Blackhawk, keep the 40 cylinder and sell the rest at a reduced price. In this instance, you would have yet another option of claiming “lost cylinder” and sending it to Ruger for a replacement, at the price I described above, then reselling the whole shebang later as LNIB.
Alternatively, take-off cylinders typically drop in, and can be purchased from various sources, including eBay, for about $100-150 for the more rare chamberings. You simply need to be patient enough to wait to find one. By far the cheapest route.
Rechambering a .357 cylinder 'may' be an option but they're also the shortest cylinders Ruger has made so the length may not be compatible. They are not all the same length.
This would probably be the most economical/practical way to get the desired result.
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