View Full Version : Price check on an 1851 Pietta (Brass)

December 4, 2008, 07:41 PM
Looks okay, the barrel has been beat up around the cylinder wedge and the screw that holds the cylinder wedge.
The truth is, that I have my eyes on an auction for a Pietta 1851 Confederate with a 5 1/2" barrel.
I was thinking I could just swap barrels and BP cylinders with my current steel frame, and sell... well, basically the left over gun. Thoughts?
Oh, and the guns are .44 cal

December 4, 2008, 08:39 PM
What's wrong with the steel frame you have that makes you want to buy an abused brass frame to fix it with? I'd say 75 bucks would be pushing it.

December 4, 2008, 09:31 PM
The only part I really want to change out would actually be the barrel.

The cylinder wedge was in the gun very tightly; and when I went to take it out, I beat up the barrel in doing it. It just bugs me whenever I see it. But at the price you mention, it would be cheaper just to buy one from vti.

December 4, 2008, 10:06 PM
The screw doesn't hold the wedge. It's just there to keep the wedge from falling out. On originals it was also to keep from reinstalling the wedge too deep but on most repros the screw is too short for that. If you beat it up trying to remove the wedge why is it beat up on the screw side? The best thing to use to remove a tough wedge is a wooden hammer handle.