By locating my own new parts, I was able to talk the Colt factory shop into restoring an older OMM wadcutter revolver for me. They fitted a new hand, bolt, hammer, and did a beautiful first class blue job. This is the same type action as the Python, and as I recall, the charge was 235.00, give or take a few bucks, and the results were well worth it. Colt once listed labor charges on their web site, but now, I think you have to call for approximate charges, and ship them the gun for more exact pricing. Gunsmiths capable of doing quality work on the Colt double actions are becoming few and far between, so your safest bet is to stay with the factory shop. They had the gun for 4-5 weeks, and I think the prices were quite reasonable.
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I've sent three guns to Colt for service and in every case the work performed was excellent.
I sent my Peacekeeper in to get retimed and they replaced/fitted a new hand. I can't remember how long it took but I think it cost $55. I don't know how they were able to open up the gun without leaving a mark on it!
When I sent them my 9mm Double Eagle for a new ejector and stocks, they buffed out all the surface scratches as a courtesy and made the gun look like new (I bought the gun used and it looked like it had been dragged behind a car!).
Currently I have an Anaconda in for retiming and Magna-Porting.
When it comes to Colts "there's no place like home" (West Hartford).
I just sent an older Python back to Colt in June. Turn around time was about 30 days. The gun was reblued and everything was set back to factory specs. The work is second to none. Just shot it last week and am amazed at how well it shoots now. Price, $220 and well worth the money.