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Offline ShotgunDave

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.44 Navies Converted to .45 Colt
« on: May 14, 2019, 03:34:50 PM »
In an effort to jump start a little conversation, I thought I'd show these beauties off. They are going to be my temporary main match pistols for CAS competition, until my 72 Open Tops are retrieved from my FFL.

The Sheriff length gun is the one I built a while back, from three other guns. It's still my favorite. It handles so nice with the short barrel and the bigger, rounder trigger guard. And it's an excellent shooter too.

The longer barrel model is one I got from our own Leathersmith Mike several months back. I like it because of the silver BS/TG on it. It's just a good looking gun. Both of these guns are Piettas.




The longer gun will go on my left side, in a cross draw holster. The Sheriff will be on my right, strong side.





The conversions are Howell's. One I got from Midway and the other is a Taylor's I got from Richard, here on the board. Both cylinders dropped right in and required no fitting. They function and lock up perfectly. I highly recommend the Howell conversions, if you're looking into doing something like this. The longer barrel gun, does have a bit more cylinder endshake than the Sheriff. The Sheriff barrel gap is set at .003 and the longer gun is at .008. It shakes back and forth a bit, so I will probably dress the arbor and barrel mating lug and close the gap some. Otherwise, it's perfect.




I think they'll serve me well until my 72's are available.
« Last Edit: May 14, 2019, 08:32:25 PM by ShotgunDave »
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Re: .44 Navies Converted to .45 Colt
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2019, 06:41:53 PM »
Nice ...looks like they'll do the job.

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Re: .44 Navies Converted to .45 Colt
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2019, 06:43:20 PM »
I had converting the .44 Navy to .45 Colt in mind when I bought it.   I was going to do a gated conversion but never came up with enough time or ambition to get it accomplished.   Glad to see it's not collecting dust anymore like it was when in my possession.

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Re: .44 Navies Converted to .45 Colt
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2019, 07:46:24 PM »
Hi Dave, nice pair. Do the different grip shapes cause you any shooting issues? If CAS allows, you may want to consider taller front sights to put poi=poa. Even light loaded .45 Colt have the stock sights shoot very high. The dovetail jig can make you a professional quality dovetail in a half hour. Track of the Wolf has tall dovetail front sights.

http://blackpowdersmoke.com/colt/index.php?topic=1580.msg14818#msg14818

http://blackpowdersmoke.com/colt/index.php?topic=1580.msg15021#msg15021

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« Last Edit: May 14, 2019, 07:51:21 PM by ssb73q »
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Re: .44 Navies Converted to .45 Colt
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2019, 08:44:24 PM »
Thanks Fellas.

I'm glad to put it to good use Mike. It's perfect for the immediate intended purpose.

Richard, you have a good eye. The grips are different on the two guns. The long barrel pistol has the so called "Pietta Tail" but it doesn't seem to bother me. My .36 Pietta Navy has the same grip on it, just not silver plated. It doesn't bother me either. The grip frame on the Sheriff is from another long barrel .44 Navy that I used to have. It is steel though and is a different shape. I will say this, I prefer the steel grip to the brass one.

SASS does allow front sight changes, as long as they are correct for the period. So a dovetailed sight would be allowed. Right now, I just use Kentucky elevation. I've thought about putting dovetail sights on, but at the close in distances of CAS, I don't think they're really needed. Plus, I like the stock look of the guns with the brass bead.
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Re: .44 Navies Converted to .45 Colt
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2019, 09:26:54 AM »
Both are beautiful guns, Dave! The Howells are 5-shot, correct?
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« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2019, 03:36:42 PM »
Both are beautiful guns, Dave! The Howells are 5-shot, correct?

Thanks Capt!

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« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2019, 06:43:40 PM »
Those are two fine looking 51s ShotgunDave.

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« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2019, 07:00:47 PM »
Those are two fine looking 51s ShotgunDave.

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Re: .44 Navies Converted to .45 Colt
« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2019, 01:29:21 PM »
How long does it take to pull the gun apart, reload and get it back together and ready to shoot?  GF

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« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2019, 08:50:19 PM »
How long does it take to pull the gun apart, reload and get it back together and ready to shoot?  GF

Not long GF. I haven't timed it, but I'd guess less than a minute. I'll have to time myself now and find out for sure.
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