Need info/value on Colt New Service 455 eley
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    Keep it in .455 and look for grips - it'll retain collectability.

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    If your New Service is all original, don't touch the chambers. However, if it has been refinished, sights filed upon, etc., you can rent a .45 Colt reamer for around $50. I just reamed two .32 H&R Magnum cylinders and a .22 LR cylinder to .22 Magnum. Make sure you rent the handle also. My tap handle didn't fit the reamer and I wound up doing it with an open end wrench.

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    If your heart isn’t into the 455 chambering, I would list the gun on gun broker as is starting at or a little more than what you have into it. Have a FFL ship it to the buyers FFL through the post office medium flat rate box for $20 insured. Unmodified 455 eley colt new services now bring more to collectors than modified. Then keep your eye out for an original chambered new service in 45 colt. I have bought these recently for $3-600.
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    I have one (with original grips) that has been modified for .45 Colt I'd swap for an unmolested one.

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    In your chambers picture I see the side plate looks high. Make sure all the screws are snugged down with a good fitting screwdrivers (so you don't bugger the screw heads). Of if you feel ambitious, learn to open up that side plate and clean and lube the action, it will probably function nicer.
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    I cann't tell for sure from the pictures but the cylinder looks like the rear face may have been "shaved" to accepted 45 acp and half moon clips. If it is a .455 British contract gun the rear face of the cylinder should have crossed pennants (like those on the left front of the frame) stamped on it. I don't see them in your pictures but part of it is too dark. If the crossed pennants are not present on the rear face of the cylinder than it has either had metal removed or the cylinder has been replaced. The sides of the hammer should be bright, they look blued and the pin ends on the frame look flatted which could indicate a refinish.
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    I have one in 455 Ely with an extra 45 Colt cylinder. The best of both worlds. Cylinders show up on eBay every once in a while. The gun looks like it has some cold blue rubbed over the bare spots.
    This all started with one gun!
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    There is the vestige of a British military crossed pennant proof mark on the frame where the barrel screws in.
    So its a former British military revolver from WW1.

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    AlanD
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    I had a Smith hand ejector model in 455 and had it reamed to 45 colt. Had to remove material from frame in front of firing pin to let the cylinder close and revolve.

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    Don’t ream the cylinder to accommodate 45 Colt, the 455 Webley is viable cartridge with brass and dies available. The gun is worth more unmodified,fewer and fewer of the factory 455’s are unmodified. You got a great deal on a great gun with some time and consideration it should prove to be a fine shooter. Junk the ill fitting stocks and get some aftermarket walnut service stocks for not a lot of $.
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