Test Firing The .45 BPM In A Converted 1847 Walker Dragoon Revolver

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Tim Reilley: at 3:12 in the video, it looks like a chainfire. Pause it there and look. Weird.

capitalGify: Can't give enough thumbs up! I've thought about doing the same thing but with different brass. The standard .45 long colt conversion just seems like a waste of power in those +sized revolvers, and the walls on Remington & colt army's conversion cylinders always looked kinda thin to me.
How dose the wedge hold up to full house loads? I Had a pietta .44 navy style and it had nothing but max loads put throug it. The wedge went from tight to pretty loose in 150 rounds if I remember correctly. I'm sure it was normal and I probably could have put another 50-100 rounds through it, but I don't want to replace wedges every 200 + shots fired, haha.
I'm so excited that someone else has tried this! I may have to buy a walker or a "dragoon" first thing tomorrow!

MrReded69: What I don't understand is, why keep the loading lever on at all? All it is, with the weapon converted to a breech loader, is extra weight. Not to mention, as the video shows, when the recoil drops the lever down, the rammer is thrust into the cylinder and prevents it from revolving.

elektro3000: Very cool, now I want one!

burzum6man: I liked this video and am curious about this .45BPM. Would you be so kind as to do a full on review on this piece of art?

Trum4n1208: Question, could this still shoot .45 Colt? 

Hamlin_ sweganator: Wow Great video!  Please do some chronographing and let us know what this load is moving at.

Norm Vigas: My 1858 Remington .44 is not quite a walker 60 grain, but can still pack a punch. .457 L/ ball 145 grain with 30 grain B/powder. It's enough to stop most things, hahah.

bayman50cal: Where are the flames coming from that are in front and under the revolver. Is it because there is not a good seal where the cylinder meets the barrel?

MrReded69: Maybe you can shave weight off by removing the now unnecessary ramrod lever rig(thing seems to be flopping around too much with each shot anyways). Then putting the Gasser M1870/74's minimalist ejector rod assembly on the side without a rod sleeve. JMO

albert johnson: Does your gun have a hammer mounted firing pin or is it in the conversion ring?Great info and vid.

Syber Tiger: Anywhere they sell Kirst Konverter products.

JR Maley: Holy crap. I am 13maley, the guy that first posted about doing this in 2007 over on the shooters forum. I never did the conversion but I am so glad to see that it works. There were so many POS nay sayers. They are all just uninventive and are scared of wondering from the beaten path. I also posted a video response that shows my Marlin Conversion to .45-90. It also had many nay sayers. It can throw 36,000 ft-lbs of energy down range in ~12 seconds.

maczeti4: where i can buy a cylinder ?

Syber Tiger: You are correct. I use a short wooden dowel to pop the spent casings out. They come out rather easily. The Walker is such a heavy revolver I can't imagine adding an ejector to the overall weight.

vanvideo9: How do you eject the spend casings? There doesn't seem to be an ejector rod.

63DW89A: "Revolving Holster Pistol" is the name used in Colt sales literature 1847-1860, for both the modern-termed "Walker" and "1st, 2nd & 3rd Dragoons". In U.S, Military terms 1830? to 1861, "Dragoons" were mounted troops trained to fight both as cavalry or infantry. As the Civil War started, all U.S. Dragoon units became U.S. Cavalry (the 1st Dragoons became 1st Cavalry, etc.). Colt's Revolving Holster Pistols were first issued to U.S. Dragoons & became known as "Dragoon Colt's", 1847 onward.

iknowmy3table: I just realized since this uses a .45 bpm cartridge, it should fall within the legal definition as a form of ammunition not readily available through conventional means. Therefore it should be able to enjoy the same legal freedoms as other cap and ball firearms

Syber Tiger: @minator3 This is a common misconception. A Dragoon is actually a horse mounted soldier. Thus a Dragoon revolver is a revolver issued to a horse mounted soldier. Typically, the revolver is holstered in a saddle mounted holster NOT on your person. The term "Dragoon" revolvers as in 1st model etc. is a modern term NOT what Colt termed the revolvers. Colt actually called it the 1848 Horse Pistol which we now dubbed it Colt Dragoon 1st Model. The Colt Walker is a "Dragoon Revolver".

Syber Tiger: @buckshotbandit000 Under heavy recoil the loading lever could fall which is typical of all Walker revolvers including the originals. A rubber O-ring (faucet washer) is a simple fix for this issue. The loading lever is more than enough to seat a 0.454 round ball when shooting the Walker in cap-n-ball percussion mode. For .45 BPM the loading lever obviously is not used.
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