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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Attention Political Pundits
« Last post by sltm1 on July 24, 2017, 08:07:31 PM »
Yeah, whoopee for us !! ^j)
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Conversions / Re: Gated Howell 1851 conversion
« Last post by ssb73q on July 24, 2017, 05:23:59 PM »
Hi, the Howell porting template arrived today. A quick check showed that I needed to do a little more port removal near the top of the port. However, the template shows that I did a lot more metal removal of the bottom area of the port than Howell suggests. When I did the 1851 Howell conversion I learned that more metal removal of the bottom of the port is useful to help loading and unloading. When a cylinder chamber lines up at the same horizontal position as the arbor, the cylinder ratchet travels past the hand were the cylinder can't be rotated counterclockwise. When that occurs it's impossible to either load or eject a shell from that chamber using a port as small as Howell suggest. Therefore removing more metal from the bottom of the port than the Howell template suggests enhances loading and unloading. A little metal must also be dremeled off the Howell backplate hinge. The hinge is not structurally effected.

This is a photo of the Howell template and final ruffed in loading port. Notice that the amount of port area is much larger than the Howell template cutout:



The port will be polished and spot blued tomorrow.

Regards,
Richard   
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Navy Models / Re: G&G
« Last post by G Dog on July 24, 2017, 03:46:34 PM »
I got my Pietta. You get your G&G.

I got my Pietta G&G too, back in April from EMF.  Itís my first brass frame since the late 70's.  I especially like the Dragoon style barrel configuration. 

Wasnít sure I would enjoy shooting 16 grain loads but I sure have learned that I do; itís a tack driver and remarkably smooth.  I love that thing.

Did I say how cool it looks?  Yes, I said that. ;)

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Attention Political Pundits
« Last post by mazo kid on July 24, 2017, 02:25:01 PM »
Sooo, we are paying for the investigations AND the defense?! Such a deal! L@J
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Navy Models / G&G
« Last post by sourdough on July 24, 2017, 01:18:06 PM »
Anyone looking for an ASM G&G for a decent price? No reserve. Less than 5 hours left on the auction.

http://www.gunbroker.com/item/670211066

I got my Pietta. You get your G&G.
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Conversions / Re: Gated Howell 1851 conversion
« Last post by ssb73q on July 24, 2017, 09:56:43 AM »
Hi, the loading lever latch was removed from the Pietta 1862 and ground down to make for a nice barrel blank. This is a photo of the barrel blank and the frame with the holes ready for the Howell backplate:



The loading port of the 1862 has been roughed in. I still don't have the port template ordered from Howell, but I must be very close. This is a photo of the roughed in frame compared to the port of the 1851 where the port is perfect for loading and unloading:



After I get the port template I will do the final port sizing and spot blue the port.

Regards,
Richard
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At The Range! / Re: Great day shooting
« Last post by Hewy on July 23, 2017, 09:42:15 PM »
I'll bet you have an old rocking chair on the porch to kick back, YES ?
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At The Range! / Re: Great day shooting
« Last post by Captainkirk on July 23, 2017, 07:44:06 PM »
DANG!!!! (7&
You know how to live, my friend!
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Richard ,Not sure. I believe the shoulder stock was for the Calvary to be able to ride and shoot
a little more accurately, than hand holding their pistols.
The 1851 .36 was popular with the Navy, thus the name, can't see a sailor on board a saiing
ship, swinging a Dragoon or even a long barreled .44
Hewy

Actually it got it's name from the caliber. Back then the 51 was described as Colt's revolving pistol of naval caliber. A lot of them were used by ground......ummmm horse forces. :D


The 1851 Colt was also one of most popular belt pistols during the Old West, used well into the cartridge era (some where converted of course).
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Gunsmithing/Tuning/Parts & Repairs / Re: Fill the Pietta back strap notch.....
« Last post by G Dog on July 23, 2017, 12:19:03 PM »
I am of the school of Dellbert and Richard as to fixing that which ainít  broke.  The bright side here is that at least the recoil shields on the G&G and the 1851 are intact and without the shoulder stock cutouts.  No fourth frame screw either.  For my money, given what these Italian jobs could be, a misplaced groove in the base of the back strap is a small matter.
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