The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The North Corral > Black Powder and Cowboy Action Shooting

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old August 26, 2010, 08:31 PM   #1
CameronP
Member
 
Join Date: August 25, 2010
Location: West Jordan, Utah
Posts: 54
Pietta 58 Rem Navy Conversion Cylinder

I noticed that the 36 conversion cylinder is offered in 38 special.
Question:
Would a special, hollow-based cast bullet be required to work accurately in the 0.375 bore ( 0.375 vs 0.358)? I would think so, but just had to ask.
Are molds available for the required cast bullet??
Would like to hear from someone having went this route.
CameronP is offline  
Old August 26, 2010, 08:54 PM   #2
Oldfalguy
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 25, 2009
Location: Central Texas
Posts: 126
Cameron,
I can't answer your question but I look forward to those who can-
I have several 58 Army's, Uberti and originals and think a Navy in 38 would be a nice size too.
Oldfalguy is offline  
Old August 26, 2010, 11:01 PM   #3
Fingers McGee
Senior Member
 
Join Date: March 19, 2008
Location: Missouri
Posts: 1,860
Quote:
I noticed that the 36 conversion cylinder is offered in 38 special.
Question:
Would a special, hollow-based cast bullet be required to work accurately in the 0.375 bore ( 0.375 vs 0.358)? Yes. A hollow based bullet would be required to get any kind of accuracy
While I don't have a conversion cylinder for any of my .36s, people I know that do have either had their barrels sleeved, or use hollow base wadcutters. While I don't know for 100% sure, I'm fairly certain there are hollow base molds out there that can be used.

I'm sure others with more experience will chime in soon.

FM
__________________
Fingers (Show Me MO smoke) McGee - AKA Man of Many Colts - Alter ego of Diabolical Ken; SASS Regulator 28564-L-TG; Rangemaster and stage writer extraordinaire; Frontiersman, Pistoleer, NRA Endowment Life, NMLRA, SAF, CCRKBA, STORM 327, SV115; Charter member, Central Ozarks Western Shooters
Cynic: A blackguard whose faulty vision see things as they are, not as they should be. Ambrose Bierce
Fingers McGee is offline  
Old August 27, 2010, 09:14 AM   #4
Hardcase
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 14, 2009
Location: Sunny Southern Idaho
Posts: 1,909
I have zero practical experience, but I've done a lot of reading on the subject because I want to get a .38 cylinder for my '51 clone.

Given the choice between shooting hollow base wadcutters and lining the barrel, I think that I'm going to have the barrel lined. Here's why:

The HBWC bullet relies on the skirt expanding to grip the grooves of the barrel, but there seems to be some question on just how to make that happen in a BP cartridge conversion. The problem seems to be that the skirt has to be pretty thin because there's not a huge amount of powder in the case to generate the pressure to pop the skirt out. Finding a bullet that's both soft enough and has a thin enough skirt seems to be sort of a holy grail. Lyman used to make a mold, but apparently doesn't anymore. Supposedly Hornady makes a swaged bullet that's adequate for the task.

Obviously, lining the barrel obviates the need to find a special bullet. But it's also (relatively) expensive and locks you into using the cartridge cylinder for good. So, like most things, there are tradeoffs to be balanced. For me, lining the cylinder is good for me. Everybody else has to make their own decisions.
__________________
Well we don't rent pigs and I figure it's better to say it right out front because a man that does like to rent pigs is... he's hard to stop - Gus McCrae
Hardcase is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:47 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.06096 seconds with 7 queries