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Questions about barrel swapping

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by taylor, Apr 15, 2011.

  1. taylor

    taylor Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    I got a Uberti Cattleman in .45 Colt. If I buy a Colt barrel in 38-40 with cylinder can they be swapped? are the barrel threads the same? If not I'll buy Uberti barrel+cylinder.
    Can anyone recommend someone local who can do the swap affordably?
  2. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    Yes the barrel threads are the same! You can get a new cylinder ($135) and barrel ($135) to put in plus you might need to get a hand assembly ($33). Most likely rhe timing would be off when putting in a new cylinder, so the new hand would be needed to be fitted. I would say you would be looking at about 3 hours to have a smith swap it all out ($175 or so).

    So you would be looking right at about $500 in parts and labor.....

    It might be more cost effective just to pick up another pistol in 38-40, and keep the 45 LC intact.
  3. nrc

    nrc Oregon Member

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    I'd agree with Velzey:

    If you are doing this for the experience, or to learn, or for fun - go for it. Sounds like a fun project.
    If you want a second revolver in 38/40, then just buy a new/used one for $400.

    If you go the second route - maybe find a nice dual-holster leather belt. :)