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Alright guys thinking of putting something together here,I've always been known to be a little different from the rest anyway,even back drag racing when everyone was running a 632 with a few stages of nitrous I was digging deeper in the pocket running an all motor 802 sonny leonard piece and hanging right beside them.Sure it cost me twice as much but it drawed attention, Why?, just to be different. Want to put a showpiece gun together,all show,no shooter. Gonna/Wanna call it copperhead,one of the colt forgotten snakes,take a blank barrel and have copperhead engraved on her,not sure of which frame/barrel set up to go with so looking for help. I'm assuming a python frame setup might be the best but just not sure. Realy like that size/look and feel. Once done I'll have my son who works a a plating shop copper it and clear it,should be an awesome looking showpiece

Chime in here with help,I'll be needing someone to CNC/engrave the copperhead logo on the barrel
 

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My thought would be to use a .38 D-back frame with the .22 cyl. and barrel.Then have it chambered for the .22 Jet.Just not sure if the cylinder is long enough for the Jet.JMO.D*
 

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5 Shot .41 mag on an I frame. 5 inch barrel. I know it has been done before but it is one Colt missed out on. JMHO
 

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5 Shot .41 mag on an I frame. 5 inch barrel. I know it has been done before but it is one Colt missed out on. JMHO
I'm still a newbie here,I'd like to see a pic of 1 of these to see what we're talking about,I do have access to an older diamondback 4" I can use
 

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I'm still a newbie here,I'd like to see a pic of 1 of these to see what we're talking about,I do have access to an older diamondback 4" I can use
I don't know if the Diamond Back frame would handle the .41 mag. The I/E frame is bigger and stronger.
 

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I don't know if the Diamond Back frame would handle the .41 mag. The I/E frame is bigger and stronger.
I was thinking the python/diamondback frame look in 357m,I just like the overall look of that size gun,I guess the only real question would be where to get a smooth unmarked barrel?
 

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Here's one that's do-able.
A Diamondback frame with the barrel and chambers relined to 17HR.
The barrel would have deeper "Copperhead" stamps with a Copperhead snake either engraved and copper plated, or an inlaid rose gold (copper) snake.

The barrel reline is not a difficult job for a pro, and the cylinder reline is only a little more difficult.

Grips would be covered with real copperhead snake skin.

An easier conversion would be to .22 Magnum.
 

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no,I'll never shoot it,would'nt want to scratch the copper, good possibility I may pick up a diamondback in 38 4" tonight,I need to find me a barrel,a blank in 4 or 6 inch would be great
 

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The Diamondback is a "D" frame. The same as the Detective Special. The "E/I" frame would be an Officers Model, Official Police, Trooper, 3 5 7, or Python etc.
 

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The Diamondback is a "D" frame. The same as the Detective Special. The "E/I" frame would be an Officers Model, Official Police, Trooper, 3 5 7, or Python etc.
Thanks for the info,my thought now might just be the easiest thing to do and thats have a sleeve milled for the barrel and then have my engraving done on it,would'nt have it to thick at all,just enough to get the engraving done on after its pressed on then its off to copper
 

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Just find a nice thick one and turn it down in a lathe to remove the old rollmark. EDM may be best for the new lettering. More control, no burrs. Also CNC would have to be 4 axis to follow barrel curve.
 

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Ok, since it hasn't been said, A Diamondback is highly collectible. Are you sure you want to carve one up? I know money is no object but does the prom queen need plastic surgery???
 

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The 1 I've got access to is slightly pitted up so I feel like I'm not really wasting 1
 

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The 41 calibre has merit but why not go 41 special (see John Taffin's articles and books for info on this calibre) the Python would certainly handle it , would the DB ?

It would be a serious but more manageable cartridge.

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Oh my God prostrok, when I saw your post my hands went suddenly and involuntarily straight down and grabbed my stomach. I thought I'd been gut-shot when I saw that you would actually render limb-from-limb, an actual "Colt" for this purpose.

My, oh my, oh my. The world's gone mad I tell you, mad!!

Bud


I'm still a newbie here,I'd like to see a pic of 1 of these to see what we're talking about,I do have access to an older diamondback 4" I can use
 

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Long ago, Colt decided the Python size frame was not suitable for the 41 magnum, but what do they know...:)
I think if I got the fever to go that route, it would be a Python conversion to the lesser .41 special, or have Bowen, or one of the other specialists, build one with a heavier five shot cylinder to handle factory 41 mag loads, which would still have the risk of forcing cone problems. A S&W L frame would be a better candidate to match the size/weight/caliber of the Python and with an easier to tune action. The L frame Model 696 in 44 special was a bit marginal, but should work out nicely as a .41 caliber.
 
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