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    45ACP Pistol Project

    I have a short barreled N Frame Smith & Wesson that I kinda cobbled together years ago. It started out as a Model 28 frame, I acquired a Model 25 cylinder and barrel and fit it all together. I cut and crowned the barrel at 3 inches, remounted a sight, and did an action job.

    I never really shot it much, so I decided to do something different.

    I got a 1-16 twist 45 cal barrel blank from Shilen, cut it to make a 6 1/2 inch long barrel. I threaded it to fit, and now have to machine a bolt on extractor rod securing pin mount, plus a front sight. In the end I will slab the sides.

    Here is how far I am now. We are pretty busy so I am kinda doing a little at a time.

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    i think it might be muzzle heavy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rsmithsr View Post
    i think it might be muzzle heavy!
    Quite a bit of the barrel will be gone when itís finished.

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    Great project, Jackie....can't wait to see the result. There's a lot to like about a 45ACP revolver. -Al

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    Very Nice

    Jackie:

    Now that's an interesting project!

    Please keep us posted as it progresses.

    Lot's to be said for a well built revolver.

    Ben

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    so slab sided with big underlug, thin the top with a (not a rail, but like a rail) name eludes me as i type.


    Quote Originally Posted by jackie schmidt View Post
    Quite a bit of the barrel will be gone when itís finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rsmithsr View Post
    so slab sided with big underlug, thin the top with a (not a rail, but like a rail) name eludes me as i type.
    We used to use a Bomar Rib atop our pistols.
    The front sight will be the last thing I figure out. I have several ideas floating around in my head.

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    Jackie, are you channeling Kent Miller?

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    yeah...rib

    Quote Originally Posted by jackie schmidt View Post
    We used to use a Bomar Rib atop our pistols.
    The front sight will be the last thing I figure out. I have several ideas floating around in my head.

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    I got the barrel mounted, cut the ejector rod clearance, started contouring the barrel.

    I have to machine and mount an ejector rod lock, and machine and mount a front sight.


    http://benchrest.com/attachment.php?...1&d=1610589092


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    jackie,
    Looking good!!

    A mdl 25/625 after the initial investment/purchase will last you a lifetime.

    Now invest in several moon clips & for cooler temperatures some 45 AutoRim brass.

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    I used to shoot bullseye pistol for many years and went to Camp Perry about a dozen times. I saw one guy who used three S&W revolvers for the entire competition, .22, 38spcl, and .45 acp. He fired the timed and rapid fire matches single action. It was amazing to watch his thumb cock the hammer each time, like a mechanical ratchet.

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    I got all of the mechanical work done, the pistol will shoot now.

    I still have some cosmetic work to do, some contouring. But I think I will shoot it first.

    Everything is machined from Stainless Steel. That ejector rod support/lock took a little thinking, but it came out great.

    Here are some pics......

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    the first pic "looks like" the bbl is pointed up...not square with the cylinder..
    just the pic ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by rsmithsr View Post
    the first pic "looks like" the bbl is pointed up...not square with the cylinder..
    just the pic ???
    IPad pic. Here is one looking straight down.


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