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Old 06-25-2011, 02:12 PM   #1
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Default Kirst konversion cylinder for my .44 Uberti Dragoon

I received my .44 Dragoon on the 15th and decided to convert it to .45 Long Colt centerfire. The Kirst cylinder was ordered last Sunday and was at my door on Wednesday. The fit and finish was perfect, a VERY high quality accessory indeed. No timing or fitment issues, only a loading gate cut had to be made in the frame. I used a 1/2 carbide grinding bit in an air drill, about 30 minutes of careful work. Then about an hour of progressively finer sandpaper until the metal surface matched the outer frame. A good swirling of cold blue and a excellent blend-in on the finish. I'm very happy with the result.... I reload for my Vaqueros and this Cowboy Action loading (1000 FPS) or less is required using this conversion.

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Old 06-25-2011, 02:55 PM   #2
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If you pull your hammer back to full cock before lowering it you'll stop scoring the cylinder.

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Looks good to me.

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If you pull your hammer back to full cock before lowering it you'll stop scoring the cylinder.
Several guys have handled it, I figured it is gonna be shot a lot, so no sense in me getting upset....
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looks awsome!

hows it shoot...range report?

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Shoots great! the cylinder stop needs a slight adjustment, nothing serious.

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I've got a '58 Remington revolver in .44 cal and I have Kirst conversion cylinders (two in 45LC and one 45ACP) for them. They REALLY add to the guns versatility. What I especially like is that I have the ability to use modern ammo if I want to but can still use the gun as a cap & ball revolver if the need arises. I got the conversions a number of years ago when they were only $99 and wish I had purchased more after seeing their current price!

Anyway, conversions are really great. I love 'em and my wife shoots my Remington with the conversions every chance she gets. She says the Remington has much less recoil than the other 45 caliber pistols/revolvers we have and it's more accurate, which probably has to do with the extra weight and barrel length.

BTW, now that you have permanently modified your revolver frame by cutting out an area for the loading gate, I believe your revolver is now a "firearm" as per the ATF. It must now be treated like any modern handgun when traveling, selling it or any other area involving firearms unlike cap & ball guns, where the regs and restrictions don't usually apply. My conversions don't use the loading gate - they didn't offer the gate back then, at least for my model - so the gun wasn't changed aside from the cylinder replacement. It can still be returned to the BP configuration if I want to mail or sell it in the future or take it to a state not as gun friendly as Texas. If you already haven't done so, you may want to check into it just to be safe (and legal) in your part of the country.

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I always loved the old single action was thinking about getting one for woods carry (not a ruger) That is one good looking gun sir, looks like you did an awesome job on the loading gate.

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