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Colt Collecting / Re: Collecting; a cheapskate's view
« Last post by Hewy on Today at 11:50:30 AM »
Richard, I only answered part of your question.This is part 2. I posted a separate report
on condition of the 1860. To sume up "IT IS Great" Fit, finish ,lock up etc.
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Army Models / Re: Not too bad a price
« Last post by ssb73q on Today at 11:00:06 AM »
Hi, the Kirst gated .45 Colt conversion cylinder mated to the new Pietta 1860 is done.

This has been an expensive intellectual exercise. If you want a gated 1860 for the best price, buy it complete. Taylors has them. However, if you want a challenge, doing a gated conversion is an experience you will not forget. Now I need to talk to LeatherSmithMike about getting a holster that will hold this baby.

Unless something blows up to report about this conversion, this thread is complete.

Over and out,
Richard
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Colt Collecting / Re: Collecting; a cheapskate's view
« Last post by Hewy on Today at 09:46:39 AM »
Richard, no range report yet. Way too hot for me. I will try for next week
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Scatterguns / Re: 1880's Belgian 12ga
« Last post by mike116 on Today at 09:01:03 AM »
Thanks Richard.   No BGC on this one since it was made before 1898.   These old shotguns are getting harder to find at decent prices.  I think the lady at the gun show was just wanting to sell something.   Gun shows are pretty dead around here since the election turned out the way it did.   $200 would not have a bad price.   It's hard to find a complete one for less than $300 nowadays.   I remember when $100 was a lot to pay for an antique scattergun.
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Scatterguns / Re: 1880's Belgian 12ga
« Last post by ssb73q on Today at 08:45:26 AM »
Hi Mike, what a neat find, congratulations. Did you have to go through a background check?

I would love to find a shotgun like that!

Regards,
Richard
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Scatterguns / 1880's Belgian 12ga
« Last post by mike116 on Today at 08:33:36 AM »
I was walking out of a gun show a couple months ago and noticed this old shotgun hidden under some junk at one of the tables.   Stopped and asked bout it,  it had a $200 tag on it.   I was joking with the gal at the table that I thought it said $20 not $200.   She thought I was serious and countered with $25.   Of course I gave her $25 and took it home with me.     It's a cheap old hardware store gun but it locks up tight and everything functions well.  Someone sanded the stock so most of the metal is proud of the wood and the checkering is sanded flat.  The right side hammer screw has been replaced with a hardware store metric screw but it works OK.   I'll find a correct screw somewhere.   I think it's a shootable piece but I'll probably mount it in a vise and bag it down to fire it the first few rounds.    I'm going to load some brass shells myself so the loads will remain light.


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Colt Collecting / Re: Collecting; a cheapskate's view
« Last post by ssb73q on Today at 08:32:24 AM »
Hi Hewy, nice collection. BTW, did you ever get to shoot your new Pietta 1858? You never gave us a report on the condition of the 1860 as received. Inquiring minds need to know.  L@J L@J

Regards,
Richard
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Colt Collecting / Re: Collecting; a cheapskate's view
« Last post by Hewy on Today at 07:55:32 AM »
Kirk, in keeping with round numbers, by that standard I
would need 2 more  ($!
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Army Models / Re: Not too bad a price
« Last post by ssb73q on Today at 06:26:54 AM »
Hi, before doing any more dremel work, I went out back and shot the revolver @ 25rds using .45 Colt (250gr Laser Cast, 4.8gr TrailBoss). The new Pietta 1860 with the Kirst gated conversion cylinder produced two hand groups from 25yds of ~2". Loading is a breeze, but there were some ejection issues as suspected. The ejector hits the empty shell very high on the case where the empty would only back out ~1/2" where a fingernail was required to remove the empty.

The loading gate as received from Kirst is a bear to operate, it take two strong men and a boy to rotate the gate. On removing the gate from the back plate, the ball bearing against a spring popped out and was lost. I replaced the ball bearing with a steel round head brad. The head of the brad is smaller diameter than the ball bearing where the force to open the loading gate is significantly reduced. An unintended consequence of adding the ejector is that the revolver no longer fits in my LeatherSmithMike's 1860 holster.

All in all, this gated Kirst conversion cylinder is beginning to suggest that it is a good addition to the Pietta 1860.

Regards,
Richard 
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Tools and other trinkets / Re: Polish Cappers
« Last post by Mad Dog Stafford on Today at 05:40:28 AM »
Mike. thanks for that report!  L@.
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