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Gunsmith advice

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by BigNickShooting, May 23, 2011.

  1. BigNickShooting

    BigNickShooting Centralia, WA Active Member

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    Hello there --

    I recently picked-up a revolver at a gun show. The revolver is a nice custom job done on a Colt frame with a 2.5" Colt Python .357 magnum barrel. The whole gun has been parkerized and looks pretty nice.
    Although the barrel has markings on it that says .357 magnum ... the cylinder is a .38 special.

    Here's the one million dollar question: Can I substitute the cylinder for one that accepts .357 magnum shells? If yes, can somebody point me to where I can buy one?

    Thanks and keep shooting ..
    Nick
     
  2. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    Look on e-gunparts.com for your cylinder!

    Also I would have a smith look it over before firing, bad things will happen if the timing is off a bunch!
     
  3. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    Did you get it at the Centralia gun show?
    It might be to one where the barrel wasn't set back far enough for the shroud to contact the frame.

    I would have smith check it out that specializes in Colt Pythons.
     
  4. Browning55

    Browning55 Seattle-Everett Area Active Member

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    Agree with coctailer on the 'smith specializing in those revolvers. Although I've seen them and even had one, I've never liked mismatching barrel stampings and cylinders.
     
  5. coop44

    coop44 Tacoma ,WA Well-Known Member

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    you have a fixed sight Police postitive frame with a python barrel, parkerized? The rib was milled off? Bobbed hammer?
     
  6. BigNickShooting

    BigNickShooting Centralia, WA Active Member

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    That's the one ... you just answered my question about the frame ..
     
  7. coop44

    coop44 Tacoma ,WA Well-Known Member

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    pardon me, it is an "Official Police" frame