|11-08-2006, 01:49 PM||#1|
Join Date: Aug 2006
Need gunsmith recommendation for revolver project
Hello, everyone. Below is a copy of a message that I sent to someone else. I'd surely appreciate if you folks would read it (sorry it's so long) and contribute any good info. that you could. Thanks much.
Let me first explain my situation...
I'm 55, in fine physical condition, and have extensively hunted big and small game with rifles and handguns, and I used to hunt with my bow. Some years ago, I obtained a nice stainless steel Ruger Super Blackhawk .44 Rem. magnum 7.5" barrelled handgun, iron sights. I do like this gun, and have gotten several deer and a black bear with it. It is quite accurate with my handloads. I very much like the .44 Rem. Magnum caliber, and even though I've contemplated getting one of the more powerful handgun calibers now on the market, I'm convinced that my Ruger provides all the power that I'll need, and I prefer the single action over a double action handgun.
I am a good and responsible shooter (I have been instructing the kids here in my home town, as a member of our shooting club, for quite a few years now), and I keep up to date on current firearms technology. I guess that what I'm trying to say is that I'm intelligent, responsible, and reasonable concerning the use of firearms.
Finally getting to the point of my message: I want to optimize the power, utility, and accuracy of the .44 Rem. Magnum caliber in my Ruger Super Blackhawk by having a good gunsmith install a 10" to 12" stainless steel barrel, with polygonal rifling, and tightening up the fit of the cylinder in the frame, optimizing the alignment of the chambers and the bore, its headspace, and eliminating as much as possible the barrel/cylinder gap. The longer barrel is for higher velocities and a longer sight radius. I am not concerned with weight or compactness. I do not plan at this time to put a scope on the gun. The polygonal rifling is for higher velocities. I have some experience with polygonal-rifled barrels, and definitely prefer that style of rifling, if it is at all possible to obtain. I will be using only jacketed bullets, so polygonal rifling should be effective.
I also would be keeping this gun very clean, and would like to virtually eliminate the barrel/cylinder gap, while still maintaining functionality. I would also like to have the cylinder's chambers drilled so that the area from the end of the chamber to the barrel's forcing cone are just large enough to permit passage of the bullet. This would keep the bullet aligned with the axis of the bore upon firing, to enhance accuracy, and minimize gas blowby.
I would imagine that details would have to be worked out with the gunsmith (particularly the details concerning the cylinder & chambers, etc.). I'm not a "moneyed" person, so I hope that you could recommend a good gunsmith with reasonable rates & address so that I could pursue this. I sincerely thank you for reading this long message, and I hope that you will be able to put me in contact with a good person to get this done.
|11-09-2006, 04:47 AM||#2|
Join Date: Aug 2006
The person that springs to mind with reasonable rates would by Dave Clements at http://www.clementscustomguns.com/default.htm .
I do not know how easy, if at all, it would be to obtain a polygonal barrel. Also, although 10-12" bbl. length would give more sight radius I think past about 7.5" or so there would be little if any velocity increase.
|11-09-2006, 04:59 AM||#3|
Join Date: Jun 2002
Dave Clements, Hamilton Bowen and Jim Stroh come to mind. Like randr said, finding a polygonal barrel may be difficult but all of thes 'smiths routinely build revolvers with custom cylinders that are line bored, precision honed/reamed cylinder throats, custom barrels and minimum barrel/cylinder gaps.
|11-09-2006, 01:41 PM||#4|
Join Date: Apr 2001
Pac-Nor lists polygon bore barrels up through .375 caliber, plus .50; and say they will take special orders. Might be worth a call or e-mail to Chris there.
I am not sure it is worth the added trouble and expense, but you are not talking about an inexpensive gun in the first place.
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