I was supposed to shoot a benchrest match today, but it was cancelled due to bitter cold weather. With time to kill, I thought about our next project and settled on a five-shot build. A couple of you have asked for a photo essay on that conversion. Just like my OM .44 Special and Buffalo Seville, I'll cover each and every step in doing one.
As I've gotten older, I've fallen out of love with barrel bands on revolvers. Used to adore bands, but now my eyes don't take to them. Plus my preferred barrel length on Blackhawks is 6.0". The conversion will be the sister gun to this .500 Linebaugh:
The differences will be:
1) 6.0" straight taper barrel 2) Frame window opened 0.060" 3) Recessed cylinders (not a huge fan of them, but will do so here) 4) Jack Huntington Bisley mod with walnut panels
I'll discuss and photo document every step. From fitting an oversized bolt, milling the frame window, adding a stronger gate spring, making the cylinder, pawl and hammer/bolt timing, ratchet geometry, line indexing vs. line boring, heat treating, centering the barrel and cutting the cone, and making the front sight. It may take a week or two to get started, but it's coming. This first post is a placeholder....if it goes on the internet, I'm committing to the article. I hope folks find it informative.
I can not wait to see this one as well! You know Lee, some day I am going to talk you out of one of your builds just so I can add it to my few "Quest" guns. I may have to find something to swap you or sneak in in the middle of the night and leave 10# of Linotype in exchange but there needs to be one of those out here!
Post by Quick Draw McGraw on Jan 7, 2017 19:04:44 GMT -5
Lee, this sounds very exciting! O wish I could afford the proper tools to do this. Honestly, I'm pretty patient and with the right instructions I think I could do it. But I don't have the precise tools required and would not attempt it without them.
I look forward to this project also. Look out world, I am on the lathe kick again myself. Time for me to do it and quit talking and thinking about it. I checked yesterday again, I am for sure not getting younger. Jeff