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Walker .36 Magnum/Navy .36 Magnum Project
« on: March 03, 2020, 05:56:35 PM »
Yeah, that is not a typo. I found this on another forum. Evidently a Walker .44 is not heavy enough.

From the photos, the cylinder has been sleeved, so I assume the barrel has been sleeved also. The rammer would also have to be replaced with one sized for a .36.

Neat one-of-a-kind revolver. I wonder what a max load of holy black behind a ball through a 9" barrel would chronograph?







So that brings me to a possible fantasy project: an 1851 Navy .36 Dragoon. I have looked online for a source that would sell a Pietta Pepperbox .36 cylinder, but no luck so far. The next idea would be to purchase a Pietta Pepperbox for ~$205 as a source for the cylinder, and part out the rest. I am envisioning shortening the cylinder just enough to mate up with a modified Pietta barrel that is shortened at the breech end approximately at the arrows in the photo below with a very short forcing cone. I might run this idea past Gary Barnes to see if he could accomplish such a gun.





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Re: Walker .36 Magnum/Navy .36 Magnum Project
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2020, 01:42:27 PM »
Wow, I bet a .36 caliber ball, with that much powder behind it is moooooovin! I'd like to see how it performs.

Your little project looks doable too Jim.
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Re: Walker .36 Magnum/Navy .36 Magnum Project
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2020, 02:58:51 PM »
One of the members here had a .36 cal Walker.    I think he's still around
  Maybe he'll speak up and tell us about it.

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Re: Walker .36 Magnum/Navy .36 Magnum Project
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2020, 06:11:18 PM »
The current owner “Trusty 58” bought it on GunBroker.  It’s said to have been tuned by Goon.  The claim is that it “does better” than 2100 ft/sec.  With a .380 that’s 793 ft.lb. energy.  Anyway, that’s the unverified statement.  A real boutique gun and at best just another novelty.
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Re: Walker .36 Magnum/Navy .36 Magnum Project
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2020, 09:38:49 AM »
Maybe Mike will pop in and verify. But he hasn't been around in quite some time.
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Re: Walker .36 Magnum/Navy .36 Magnum Project
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2020, 07:01:43 PM »
Ha! Oh yes I have !! I look daily even though I don't have time to start new posts or what not .  .  .   (and .22s don't interest me in the least .  .  .  )

  Yes, I tuned that particular .36 cal Walker.  The barrel was lined and the chambers "bushed" to .36 cal.
Didn't hear much after that concerning performance but I'm sure it produces rather nice numbers! The chambers weren't bushed all the way so a "hefty" charge can be loaded behind a ball.

Thanks for posting sourdough !!!

Mike

PS, you can see it in my Instagram feed, June 2017
« Last Edit: March 05, 2020, 07:46:59 PM by 45 Dragoon »

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Re: Walker .36 Magnum/Navy .36 Magnum Project
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2020, 07:35:08 PM »
Ha! Oh yes I have !! I look daily even though I don't have time to start new posts or what not .  .  .   (and .22s don't interest me in the least .  .  .  )

  Yes, I tuned that particular .36 cal Walker.  The barrel was lined and the chambers "bushed" to .36 cal.
Didn't hear much after that concerning performance but I'm sure it produces rather nice numbers! The chambers weren't bushed all the way so a "hefty" charge can be loaded behind a ball.

Thanks for posting sourdough !!!

Mike

PS, you can see it in my Instagram feed.

That's good to know Mike!! I'm very glad you're still around!!!
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Re: Walker .36 Magnum/Navy .36 Magnum Project
« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2020, 07:41:01 PM »
Thanks ShotgunDave!!

Mike
« Last Edit: March 05, 2020, 07:46:09 PM by 45 Dragoon »

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Re: Walker .36 Magnum/Navy .36 Magnum Project
« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2020, 08:25:04 AM »
That's good to know Mike!! I'm very glad you're still around!!!

He'd better be...got a Walker coming his way. ;)
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Re: Walker .36 Magnum/Navy .36 Magnum Project
« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2020, 10:28:27 AM »
Hi Jim, why oh why would anyone want to turn a .44 Walker into a .36 caliber revolver? There is a current solution to a fast .36 caliber projectile, a 357. Frankly fu*king with an old original design leaves me cold.

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Re: Walker .36 Magnum/Navy .36 Magnum Project
« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2020, 10:47:19 AM »
Hi Jim, why oh why would anyone want to turn a .44 Walker into a .36 caliber revolver? There is a current solution to a fast .36 caliber projectile, a 357. Frankly fu*king with an old original design leaves me cold.

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