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The Longbranch / Re: Something a little different or Gun-a-holic Part II
« Last post by Major 2 on Yesterday at 07:57:33 PM »
Mog, that is a wonderful memory 
« Last post by Coffinmaker on Yesterday at 07:53:26 PM »

 :)  Allrighty Now   :D
« Last post by Drydock on Yesterday at 07:31:32 PM »
ASM 1860 Richards .44 Colt (Bought new, 1st year they came out, hung on to it)
Cimarron 1860 Richards 2 44 Colt
Cimarron Richards Mason 1851 7.5" 38 spl
Taylors Richards Mason 1851 5" 38 spl

« Last post by River City John on Yesterday at 06:30:04 PM »
Remington Navy (small frame) with R&D conversion cylinder, Leech & Rigdon with an R&D conversion cylinder, 1851 Richards-Mason Navy factory conversion, 1851 Navy (unported) with Kirst conversion cylinder . . .
that's the only thing I shoot is conversions. Richards-Mason takes .38spcl, all the rest use .38LongColt.
« Last post by Coffinmaker on Yesterday at 05:32:15 PM »
 :) Hey There Hi There Ho There  ;)

Actually, the title should be "Conversions Everyone??"  I've been know to be infected with Conversionitis.  I just plain like conversions of 19th Century Cap Guns, Colt Pattern.  I've not been able to find a cure.

Of late, I have been playing with a pair of Pietta 1860s, which I converted to Suppository Shooters, with Kirst Konverter goodies.  I actually started with this pair of guns way last year.  Utilizing Kirst Konverter conversion goodies.  Consists of a Recoil Plate with Loading Gate and a 45 Colt Cylinder.  This conversion is almost a "Drop In."  A loading channel must be cut in the OEM Recoil Shield for loading and unloading.  VORSICHT!!  Once you have cut the loading channel, you have manufactured a firearm per BATFE.  Perfectly legal to do so for yourself.  Perfectly illegal to do so for someone else.  Disposal can be problematic.

The conversions have done very well in CAS match play.  I'm really happy with the result.  Recently however, there has been a really nifty development from Walt Kirst.  Kirst Konverter has released a new Cylinder, chambered in 45 ACP.  Absolutely the BIZ.  I've been playing with both the .45 ACP cartridges and Cowboy 45 Special in this nifty new cylinder.  It gives us some really outstanding versatility.  Lots more loading/reloading options.  The 45 ACP cartridge is legal CAS tender for all categories except Classique Cowperson.  Classique requires a rimmed cartridge.  Cowboy 45 Special anyone??  Perfect application.

The short chamber with long throat eliminates the "jump" between the case mouth and the throat for both 45 ACP and C45S rounds.  Improves accuracy and reduces leading.

Right along with this new cylinder, Kirst has also introduce a new Two Step hand.  The new hand eliminates the the conversion not quite locking into battery when slow cycling the action.  Almost "Drop In" and takes just a tiny bit of fiddling although most will actually drop in.  A really Trix wire Hand Spring on the two stepper will also be "bullet proof."  Also quite easily changed to Coil Spring and Plunger.

When assembled, it is important to pay close attention to Barrel to Cylinder Gap.  With cartridges in the gun, Barrel to Cylinder gap should be held to .003 or .004 to insure positive engagement of Hand To Star.

Dearly Beloved, Let Us Play!!!

PS:  Tuolumne Lawman has posted some excellent Tin Types of his Kirst conversions and there are some of mine somewhere too (I just don't remember where)

The Longbranch / Re: Something a little different or Gun-a-holic Part II
« Last post by Mogorilla on Yesterday at 05:27:35 PM »
My father ran a paper tube company, had a patent on paper furniture.   A lot of my toys as a kid were paper as were my friends.   I was an odd kid and read the Iliad the summer before I turned 10.   My mom spoke of the summer of the Iliad like it gave her ptsd.   Dad made me armor, Spears, helmets from plastic batting hats swords and shields.  All from paper or paper mache.   We stormed Troy, sailed in the Argo and fought monsters.   Good times,   When dad passed all my Argo crew were there.  Two still have their swords and breastplates. 
The Leather Shop / Re: Main & Winchester cantena
« Last post by Buck Stinson on Yesterday at 05:21:38 PM »
I still own those originals Skeeter and the Main & Winchester saddle they are pictured on.  I traded for them more then 30 years ago.  A spur collector friend of mine had just bought them off a ranch south of Salmon, Idaho.  They were hanging is his tack shed.  I traded a pair of hand carved R.T. Frazier spur straps for these bags.  Your reproduction is very close.
Tall Tales / Re: Hot August Nights with Coffee & Tea.
« Last post by The Trinity Kid on Yesterday at 05:17:36 PM »
Greetings all.

Currently hot and muggy, per the usual. Right now it’s 95 degrees and equal humidity. Great weather.

In other excitement, some of the officers smuggled some fresh beef in on the last flight and cooked us some burgers. Having some beef that wasn’t sacrilegiously boiled and then cooked to extra well done was nice.

The Leather Shop / Re: Help identifying this stamp/embossing wheel
« Last post by Buck Stinson on Yesterday at 05:12:53 PM »
Back in the early 80's, I ordered these tools and many others from McMillen Tool Company in Sunrise Beach, Missouri.  They established business in Kansas City back in 1898 and produce some of the finest leather tools in the business.  As far as I know, they are still in business.  Their prices are quite high, but so is the quality.  The delivery time on most items is long.  You can only reach them by phone or mail.  This is the last phone number I have (573)374-7880.  Best thing to do is call and ask if they still put out a catalog.  The last one I have is #77, which I believe was around 2012.  I also have an awesome original McMillen catalog from around 1910.   Hope this will help.
Gunsmithing / Re: .44 Magnum Cylinder Throats
« Last post by Coffinmaker on Yesterday at 05:09:23 PM »
 :)  D. Ike  ;)

Well, your cylinder throats are way undersize.  :(  However, before you engage anyone to ream the throats, you first need to "slug" you bore.  Very important to know the grove diameter of your barrel.  Then you need to source bullets a thousandth larger then that diameter.  Your Throats should then be the same diameter as the intended bullets.

Most of today's .44 barrels are .429.  That is pretty much the industry standard.  Calls for bullets of .430 and throats of .430.  Slug the bore first to be certain.

People are Hazardous to Yer Health.  Avoid 'em

PS:  Fix'd it.  I hate OTTO KEREKT 
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