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    Quote Originally Posted by Duster View Post
    I've got a Colt Sheriff's model in 44/40 to which I had my gunsmith fit a .44 Special Cylinder from Colt.
    Best of both worlds for the Shack, good thing bringing that up.
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    Senior Member Shack is on a distinguished road

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    The change over btw is $405 total. It's a new shorter barrel and cylinder. They do send me back the old .45 barrel and cylinder and don't offer a trade-in. I asked. The price is the same regardless what replacement caliber. They offer all the usual current calibers as change overs, but not some of the older less known ones, .41 Colt, .44 Rim and .476 Eley. They say this is done quite a bit.

    I also want to find out how the barrel markings will change for either caliber. I think I've heard that the 44-40 maybe should say Frontier Six Shooter instead of Single Action Army. I don't know what the 44 Spl should say. I've also made a note to inquire about the front sight for both. And I suppose it wouldn't hurt to inquire what the bore diameter will be.

    Whatever I get I'm going to request it be test fired with current Winchester ammo, although I'm doubtful that will wind up being done.

    Finally, I'm 90% decided also on Standard "A" engraving and carved ivory grips, which will turn it into more of a display, show piece instead of a shooter. That probably means very little shooting. I'm not sure what that would be an argument in favor of on the caliber selection...
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    i always wondered how that particular dual cylinder option works out. different bore diameters, bullet weights and velocities may not matter so much with handguns, but it's blue hell with rifles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike hudson View Post
    i always wondered how that particular dual cylinder option works out. different bore diameters, bullet weights and velocities may not matter so much with handguns, but it's blue hell with rifles.
    Bore diameters are the same and were standardized by Colt sometime ago as were .45 acp and .45 Colt bore diameters. I have both cylinders (.44 Spl & .44-40) for one gun. It was originally a .44-40 gun so the height of the front sight is for that. It shoots 240 gr. lead .44 Specials about 6 inches high. However, the group can be covered with a nickel!

    I believe that the height difference can be corrected by using 200 gr. bullets in the .44 Special case and adjusting the powder charge accordingly to match the sights.

    Of course, if you choose a sight for a .44 Special, then the reverse would be true and you would have to make a decision about what to do. I don't believe the .44-40 ever used heavier bullets than 200 gr.

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    I for one would most certainly rather have a gun that shoots one cartridge to the point of aim and the other cartridge shooting higher than the point of aim. I just find it easier to adjust where I'm shooting as long as it is above the sight plane than to judge the hold over with the front sight if you got a gun that shoots lower than the sight plane.
    Last edited by rep1954; 07-28-2009 at 04:04 PM.


 

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