Originally Posted by Benning Boy
Wheelguns would be tougher, I think...
I don't know. To be honest it's not an area of specialty, or even one that I have studied much, but I think the processes would be the same.
You have to start with a quality frame and barrel to your wheelgun.
Back in the day my old man had a .44 Ruger Blackhawk and it was a stout, heavy duty fire breathing magnum.
I don't know if their current quality would match, but assuming it did, they have varying levels of weapon "quality" coming from the shop, so an entry level would give you a base to build upon. You could find one used, to save some coin (in the case of the Taurus I got it in trade, thus no out of pocket costs) and then you do some research to see what people have experienced with the platform.
Perhaps the hammer action or parts are known to be less than ideal, you would shop for some replacement parts that were top notch. Perhaps the trigger needs work? In my opinion most triggers on factory weapons do, so you get a trigger job done.
Then you find that the plunger that removes the spent brass has a replacement that is lighter and stronger, maybe titanium, so you snatch that up and install. In the event of a swing out cylinder, same thing, there is an arm that is of higher quality and better manufacturing, so you pick that up and swap it out.
The key is to do it a little at a time so you don't have to plunk down $2000 right up front for the best of the best. You can nickel and dime your way up the chart as you see fit.
Cane? First thing he is going to do is shoot it and then decide it needs new snakeskin grips. First thing he does is orders up something Classic Cane. Then he goes from there.
I think in "rebuilding' any modern firearm, you have to have an idea of your "end goal" and then you shop for a platform that will get you pointed in that direction, then you plug along at it for awhile until you get there.
I think I got the Taurus in Jan and it's just now complete and ready for range day. But I did it a little at a time, so I never really felt the full impact of all the changes at once. It was a little here and a little there, but now it's one hell of a finished product that should treat the new owner quite well for many years to come.