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Uberti 1860 .45ACP conversion by Goons Gun Works
« on: December 03, 2023, 03:43:03 PM »
Just a sneak peak at this little gem. Goon and I have been talking about doing one of these since he first started testing the Kirst .45ACP conversion. I ended up sending him a Uberti 1860 and yesterday it came home. Did a little bit of shooting this afternoon using factory .45ACP hardball. The action is slick and operates like butter on glass. This is just a quick & dirty report. A full review is coming and I've threatened to do another video.

Started life as a full flute Uberti 1860 from MidwayUSA.



Now it's had the Kirst converter installed with ejector, a full tune-up with action job, trigger stop, arbor length correction and coil spring conversion. The shoulder stock screws were reduced to buttons and all screws along with the wedge were redone in fire blue.







While he had the rest of the gun, I stripped and refinished the walnut grip with Fiebing's walnut stain and tung oil.






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Re: Uberti 1860 .45ACP conversion by Goons Gun Works
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2023, 02:54:19 AM »
That is a fine looking pistola senor

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Re: Uberti 1860 .45ACP conversion by Goons Gun Works
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2023, 08:31:50 AM »
Thanks CraigC  for the opportunity!!

 Just for those interested in what was done, here's what's inside:
  First, the arbor was "reinstalled" and heavily torqued.
   Coil action springs, bolt block, action stop, interference pins (action screws can't get loose), action shield,  replaced thin hammer roller with wide roller,  trued recoil shield for conversion ring support ,  wedge modified for a "captured" wedge.

 The hammer has a hardened "firing plate" installed to contact the firing pin. That keeps the firing pin from degrading the soft hammer face. Also, there's no contact between the hammer and the conversion ring.  Another feature installed is an inside the frame adjustable trigger "over travel" stop.

Thanks again CraigC!!!

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Re: Uberti 1860 .45ACP conversion by Goons Gun Works
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2023, 08:52:28 AM »

 :) CraigC  ;)

You're really gonna enjoy that Kirst 45 ACP conversion.  I built myself a pair for CAS as soon as the ACP conversion was announced.  They really shoot a treat.  The nifty "other" thing, with the ACP conversion, one can also run Cowboy 45 Special cases.  I load mine with 3f APP and have fitted 3 different barrels.  8" 1860 Pattern, 4 1/4" 1860 Pattern and 4 1/4 inch .44 Navy Pattern.

Have Lots and Lots of fun wid 'em

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Re: Uberti 1860 .45ACP conversion by Goons Gun Works
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2023, 07:49:52 AM »
Gentlemen, you turned out not just a fine looking, but downright gorgeous revolver! WOW!
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Re: Uberti 1860 .45ACP conversion by Goons Gun Works
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2023, 11:49:06 AM »
:) CraigC  ;)

You're really gonna enjoy that Kirst 45 ACP conversion.  I built myself a pair for CAS as soon as the ACP conversion was announced.  They really shoot a treat.  The nifty "other" thing, with the ACP conversion, one can also run Cowboy 45 Special cases.  I load mine with 3f APP and have fitted 3 different barrels.  8" 1860 Pattern, 4 1/4" 1860 Pattern and 4 1/4 inch .44 Navy Pattern.

Have Lots and Lots of fun wid 'em
Agreed! I think the ACP is a really underrated sixgun cartridge. I did function test empty .45CS cases and they work fine. I've got 1000 of them. :D
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Re: Uberti 1860 .45ACP conversion by Goons Gun Works
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2023, 03:15:28 PM »
Man, that thing looks good. I know it will run great also since Mike did it.
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Re: Uberti 1860 .45ACP conversion by Goons Gun Works
« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2023, 11:08:57 AM »

 :) Aw Right Aw Ready !!! ;)

It ain't as if Mike's head ain't big enough as was, Yunz (Pittsburghease) just hadda make it bigger huh!!  You expect he should still fit thru the Shop Door??  Hah!!

Tiz a Righteous FINE looking conversion ain't it you betcha.  I'm sure you have all read Mike's comments about his experience with the 45 ACP Kirst Konverter and I must confirm he is not spreading any fluff.  The 45 ACP Conversion is the Beez Kneez.  Fear not with loading.  The Kirst cylinder is made from very stern stuff indeed and will take pressure levels what make yer eyes water and yer shooting hand smart.

I also have around 1000 ACP cases left over from a bunch of Bulls Eye shooting couple ah Lustrum ago.  Loadin 'em up you betcha.

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Re: Uberti 1860 .45ACP conversion by Goons Gun Works
« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2023, 09:14:46 AM »
Apparently it also doesn't care where its ammo comes from, as long as you feed it. :D

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Re: Uberti 1860 .45ACP conversion by Goons Gun Works
« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2023, 09:43:20 AM »
This is a nice looking pistol.  Did you choose not the fill the dove tail for the loading lever?

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Re: Uberti 1860 .45ACP conversion by Goons Gun Works
« Reply #10 on: December 15, 2023, 05:06:52 PM »
Apparently it also doesn't care where its ammo comes from, as long as you feed it. :D



So strange to see those with that gun but also pretty cool.
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Re: Uberti 1860 .45ACP conversion by Goons Gun Works
« Reply #11 on: December 15, 2023, 09:39:55 PM »
We GOTTA talk em into selling the 45 ACP cylinders for swapping!
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Re: Uberti 1860 .45ACP conversion by Goons Gun Works
« Reply #12 on: December 16, 2023, 01:02:47 AM »
So strange to see those with that gun but also pretty cool.
Believe me, it's weird to do!


This is a nice looking pistol.  Did you choose not the fill the dove tail for the loading lever?
Not yet. It needs a taller front sight and I haven't decided if I'm going to shorten the barrel or not. If I leave it 8", I'll fill the dovetail.
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Re: Uberti 1860 .45ACP conversion by Goons Gun Works
« Reply #13 on: December 16, 2023, 08:43:21 AM »

When it comes "Feeding Time" taint at all picky with one glaring (for me) exception.  The ACP cylinder does not like 45 BARNSTORMER bullets.  The Barnstormer bullet hangs up at the ACP chamber ledge.  The Barnstormer I have are all just a squeak to large causing it to head space on the Bullet rather than the case mouth.  I've found a solution, but it looks real weird.

And I really like those stocks.  Some nice they are.  Mine are stocked with some inexpensive checkered Faux Ivory.  They look right fine from the Freeway.

Making a "filler" for that dovetail is not necessarily "fun."  It's small and of an odd dimension.  I've done it, but didn't necessarily like it.

 

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