View Full Version : Installing a cartridge converter

January 26, 2011, 10:35 AM
I'm thinking about installing a Kirst .45 Schofield converter with loading gate in one of my Pietta 1860 Colts. Who here has done that and what kind of work is involved in opening up a loading slot in the frame? I'm not afraid to go after the frame with a file if that's all it takes, but if it requires machinery, that makes me a little more apprehensive.

January 26, 2011, 11:59 AM
I may have found my answer here: http://www.hobbygunsmith.com/Archives/May04/Feature.htm

January 26, 2011, 05:21 PM
I was a big wuss and had Jay Strite do mine. :o



Labor as $65 when it was done last year.

Ideal Tool
January 27, 2011, 12:52 AM
Instructions say use dremil tool..file won,t cut until you get through that case-hardening. Jay has proper jigs & Bridgeport tooling..For $65.00, I'd go with Jay...Plus, he will do a terrific trigger/action job if needed.

January 27, 2011, 10:22 AM
Looks like Ideal and Clem just made up my mind for me! Thanks fellas!

January 28, 2011, 08:26 AM
I was a big wuss and had Jay Strite do mine.
Labor as $65 when it was done last year.

You...you...you converted a Walker:eek:


Get a rope.

January 28, 2011, 10:59 AM
You...you...you converted a Walker


Get a rope.

Yeah, I know...it seems silly to convert a Walker that can hold 60 grains of BP as a cap-n-ball revolver to a .45 Colt revolver that can only hold 40 grains of powder. Before you string me up consider this (http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=426367).

p.s. No, I haven't fired it yet. Been bogged down with other priorities. Should happen soon though. There will be remote video footage. Stay tuned....:eek:

Ben Towe
January 28, 2011, 12:44 PM
Still laughing over that one!

February 4, 2011, 07:18 PM
I like it Clembert:D

One alternative to those that might not know is the RD conversion cylinders that fit in most C/B guns with no tooling or any adjustments- and you still have your C/B cylinder. I put one in a short barrel 1858 REm and shot 45 long colts. Rolled it out and put in the BP cylinder:D

The long colts won:mad:

February 4, 2011, 09:42 PM
Looks really nice, Clembert.