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« Reply #25 on: September 20, 2017, 09:42:44 am »

If I remember how my Remington c&b worked the lever was held up by a hook at the front but if you went with a hook you couldnt remove the cylinder. Not enough room to slide out the bbl pin with the cute short bbl. What if you moved the hook to the end of the cylinder pin so that the loading lever locked onto the pin? Depending on how loose the pin is a detent might be needed. Might be covering old ground. Nice job.
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« Reply #26 on: September 24, 2017, 07:46:43 pm »

If I remember how my Remington c&b worked the lever was held up by a hook at the front but if you went with a hook you couldnt remove the cylinder. Not enough room to slide out the bbl pin with the cute short bbl. What if you moved the hook to the end of the cylinder pin so that the loading lever locked onto the pin? Depending on how loose the pin is a detent might be needed. Might be covering old ground. Nice job.

I haven't been on this forum for a few years and I find this little gem. Nice work. I've often thought about cutting one down similarly but without some of the cool touches you did.

Have you thought of simply tightening the loading lever pivot screw so it is tight enough to keep it from dropping but still will let you pull it down? I've set mine too tight and there's no way it would creep down under use.

Alternately, how about a screw to keep it in place? Early Colt SAA's had a cylinder pin retainer screw. Nothing wrong with that method but you'd need to have a screwdriver to reload if you wanted a drop-in conversion cylinder.
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« Reply #27 on: September 24, 2017, 09:05:55 pm »

I haven't been on this forum for a few years and I find this little gem. Nice work. I've often thought about cutting one down similarly but without some of the cool touches you did.

Have you thought of simply tightening the loading lever pivot screw so it is tight enough to keep it from dropping but still will let you pull it down? I've set mine too tight and there's no way it would creep down under use.

Alternately, how about a screw to keep it in place? Early Colt SAA's had a cylinder pin retainer screw. Nothing wrong with that method but you'd need to have a screwdriver to reload if you wanted a drop-in conversion cylinder.

I've actually implemented a decent solution- the lever was dropping because I thinned out the tube over the latch too much and the top over the latch would bend after repeated shots. I removed that tube and soldered on a stouter tube for the latch to mount in and that solved the problem. .44 Colt is a pretty mellow cartridge so it holds up OK. Now if I dropped a .45 Colt cylinder in there it might not be strong enough...
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« Reply #28 on: September 25, 2017, 12:05:27 am »

I've actually implemented a decent solution- the lever was dropping because I thinned out the tube over the latch too much and the top over the latch would bend after repeated shots. I removed that tube and soldered on a stouter tube for the latch to mount in and that solved the problem. .44 Colt is a pretty mellow cartridge so it holds up OK. Now if I dropped a .45 Colt cylinder in there it might not be strong enough...
Well, a fine solution, then. Good job on the whole thing.

I also like the ported breech plate. Kirst used to offer them but went to gated plates just before I got one of his. I like the ported ones so I suppose one day I'll make one. I use drop-ins for main match use anyway.
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« Reply #29 on: September 26, 2017, 09:01:53 am »


Here is a picture of an Avenging Angel I built a few years ago. The barrel is cut to 3-1/2 inches. I hinged the cylinder pin so it could be inserted without messing with the lug.

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« Reply #30 on: September 26, 2017, 11:13:54 am »

Looks good, Lucky. What did you use for that front sight? Is it dovetailed in?
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« Reply #31 on: September 26, 2017, 12:40:59 pm »

Very clever solution there Lucky. I like it.
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« Reply #32 on: September 27, 2017, 08:14:06 am »


Marshal, the front sight is a blade sight for a muzzle loading rifle and is set in a dovetail. Thanks for the comments.

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« Reply #33 on: September 27, 2017, 01:59:37 pm »

Thanks for the information on the sight, Lucky.
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