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Old April 20th, 2009, 06:54 AM   #1
 
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Old army conversion

Good morning,

I bought a Old Army stainless made in 1979 at the Reno gun show Saturday.
What I'm wondering is how well the Kirst Cartridge Konverter works?
I'm thinking about one in .45 ACP.

Thanks Chuck



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Old April 20th, 2009, 07:34 AM   #2
 
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Chuck,

I have several Stainless Old Armys and 2 Kirst Cylinders. I have used the R&D cylinders that Taylors sells as well.

The Kirst is stainless steel, not plated. Once in the gun, it works flawlessly (over 300 rounds through each so far). I have not noticed it gum up even though everything I fire is black powder. The cylinder slides into the gun rather than rotates into the gun. This takes a bit to get used to, and is not any more difficult than the R&D. You do need to keep an empty chamber under the hammer!!

Personally, I would skip the ACP and get the Long Colt. You don't want to use jacketed rounds as it will shorten your barrel life. Long Colt brass is easy to get and easy to load and by in large all lead bullets are easy to buy. There are also a lot of molds for the .45 long colt out there too.
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Old April 20th, 2009, 07:49 AM   #3
 
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Thanks Williamfeldmann for the information. The reason I want .45 ACP is that I already have a Blackhawk in .45 Colt. I also load .45 ACP for my 1911 with lead That I think is a great round. Thanks again for your help.

Why would jacketed rounds be hard on the barrel? Is it not heat treated?
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It has to do with the rifling in the barrel. I am not a metalurgist, so I'll let someone else deal with metal differences, but I know the copper jackets are not at all good for the sharp rifling in the cap and ball pistols that is meant for cutting into soft lead. Both Kirst and R&D say to use lead only. I know that in other cap and ball guns, the rifling can be quickly damaged by jacketed rounds.
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Thank you, I had no idea there was a difference in the rifling.
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