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Old April 2, 2013, 03:13 PM   #1
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1849 Colt Question

To, anyone who has a 1849 Colt, I'd appreciate a favor. I need to know the length of the cylinder, I'm thinking about picking one up and converting it to a 32-20 to match my antique Winchester. Thanx
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Old April 2, 2013, 03:43 PM   #2
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That sounds like you're walking on dangerous ground. My guess is that the .32-20 would be too potent for such a conversion. Maybe a Colt Navy if that.

Better a .32 S&W Long, maybe a .32 Magnum.

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Old April 2, 2013, 03:50 PM   #3
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No, you're not!
Extremely bad idea.
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Old April 2, 2013, 04:52 PM   #4
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What DPris said !!!

BAD BAD ideal.

These are small black powder revolvers, and that round would be WAY too much for it to handle.


If you're talking about the Italian replicas, I think that Howles or Kirst might do a .32 S&W (not .32 S&W Long) conversion cylinder.

EDIT TO ADD:

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/186...w-5-round-blue
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Old April 2, 2013, 05:01 PM   #5
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Mine is right at 1.460 not including the ratchet and 1.475 including. If you're planning on converting it to any cartridge and shooting it, don't buy too much ammo. It wouldn't last very long.
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Old April 2, 2013, 05:19 PM   #6
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With .32-20 black powder or cowboy loads a conversion cylinder would not likely overstress the frame or arbor from a pressure standpoint, the diameter of the cartridge is problematical and the cylinder is likely not going allow full length cartridges to be chambered in a conversion cylinder. You might need to flush load. Not to mention needing a custom conversion cylinder. Since it's not a production conversion cylinder, and since if it were a viable choice the cowboy action folks would likely be on it already, I suspect that it's not completely practical.

Suggest asking in the black powder and cowboy action forum here, where these conversions are discussed daily by some pretty expert and friendly folks. I took the liberty of sending a note to the moderators suggesting moving the thread there. Hope I don't overstep my bounds by doing this. Want you to get the best information available.

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Old April 2, 2013, 05:57 PM   #7
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I wouldn't give it much more than the 32SW myself. A fun little plinker in 32SW with the R&D cylinder.

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Old April 2, 2013, 06:30 PM   #8
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Your Post #666.
Sign of the debbil!!!!!
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Old April 2, 2013, 07:05 PM   #9
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Thanks guys, question answered,there just isn't enough room for the bullet (1.54 +-). I was wanting a companion pistol for my original Winchester 1873. I just relined the bore and it's very accurate....it need's a buddy (yeah, right, "need's"). Maybe a pocket police or navy instead after relining everything (cylinder & bore). At least I can scratch the 49 of my list. Thanx again
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Old April 2, 2013, 07:11 PM   #10
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1849 Colt Question

That's who made me do it!
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Old April 2, 2013, 11:40 PM   #11
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Cartridge is way too long. A nice Colt .32-20 or replica should be calling your name.
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