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Re: 1860 Army gated conversion
« Reply #15 on: November 06, 2019, 10:39:32 AM »
Dave, JMHO, but I would call Walt and describe what your issue is. My guess is he will ask you to send him the gun, and I would also guess you will get it back with little or no charge. He has a reputation to protect.

Hey Capt. If I thought for a second, that Walt would warranty this, I'd make that call. But I really wouldn't feel right asking. This is the results of a Neanderthal with a flint and a rock, trying to do gawd only knows what to the cylinder. I'd be embarrassed to even ask Walt to warranty this.




And all five look like this. Some better, some worse. But they're beat to hell.


Hi Dave, while you are waiting to do the conversion cylinder, you may want to consider adding a taller front sight to your revolver. You will find that the .45 Colt will shoot very high.

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You can count on a taller sight Richard. I already have the brass stock to make one with.
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Re: 1860 Army gated conversion
« Reply #16 on: November 06, 2019, 10:44:45 AM »
Ouch. That's uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuugly.
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Re: 1860 Army gated conversion
« Reply #17 on: November 06, 2019, 10:56:40 AM »
Ouch. That's uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuugly.

Right?

I sent the picture to Walt and asked his opinion. I can probably guess what that will be.........
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Re: 1860 Army gated conversion
« Reply #18 on: November 06, 2019, 03:29:37 PM »
Wow Dave,

I hope you didn't pay "Bubba" to much.
Are all the notches like that?
I don't know how one would repair that.
Maybe weld them full & start over?

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Re: 1860 Army gated conversion
« Reply #19 on: November 06, 2019, 04:46:01 PM »
AntiqueSledMan, yep they're all like that. That one is the worst one, but they've all been ground on with a Dremel. Funny thing is, the bolt doesn't really fit into the "slots". It's too wide.

I got a note from Walt Kirst today, he basically said it would be more trouble than it's worth, and recommends a new cylinder. So I literally don't have anything to lose by trying to fix this one. It needs a new one anyway, so I'm going to mess with it and see what I can do. Worst case, I ruin it further and have to replace it. I'm at that point anyway.

Here's my plan of attack.

Tomorrow I'm going to go to the hardware store, and get a bolt that fits the arbor hole closely. I'll get one with a tapered head, so it will center in the hole. I'm then going to chuck the bolt in my drill press and use a file to remove as much of the offending area as I safely can. There's a lot of meat on that portion of the cylinder. So I'm hoping that I can remove quite a bit of the slots. Then I'll work each slot by hand, with files and try to restore them. If it works, great. If not, I'll get a new one. At this point, I have noting to lose.
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Re: 1860 Army gated conversion
« Reply #20 on: November 06, 2019, 07:11:41 PM »
Hi Dave, I would be concerned for safety trying to salvage that cylinder.

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Re: 1860 Army gated conversion
« Reply #21 on: November 07, 2019, 02:23:41 AM »
Dave,

You probably need a woodruff cutter and an indexing head.
Re-cut the notch and index it 72 degrees, repeat 4 more times.
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Re: 1860 Army gated conversion
« Reply #22 on: November 07, 2019, 08:56:21 AM »
[quote author=ShotgunDave link=topic=3391.msg36147#msg36147 date=1573055894
........As for screwing the plate to the frame, I'd really rather do it that way. I will have to get a tap the proper size.
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You really don't need a gun-screw tap and gun screws, a common 6-32 tap and screws should work fine. I did that with the recoil shield on one of my guns.

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Re: 1860 Army gated conversion
« Reply #23 on: November 07, 2019, 07:52:16 PM »
Thanks for the help and suggestions fellas. It's much appreciated.
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