Anyone Mod Their Walkers?

Discussion in 'Handguns' started by DevilsLuck, May 8, 2019.

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  1. May 26, 2019 #41

    DevilsLuck

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    While I can appreciate some folks penchant for factory originality... It seems that the only way to keep a gun in such condition is to never fire it. As soon as the start getting used they begin to develop wear marks. If carried, they take knocks, and dings. Some folks call this character. Taken further I don’t doubt that owners then, just as today liked to make little mods, or personalizations to their guns just to “make it their own”, and to separate theirs from everyone else’s.
     
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  2. May 26, 2019 #42

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    I removed the bluing from my Walker's cylinder. IMO, it looks pretty snazzy and using some gun bluing solution doesn't cost much and is easy to do.

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  3. May 29, 2019 #43

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    Why not? As far as I know no one else had done it. We were kicking around the idea of a longer cylinder in a navy and this is about 1” longer and with the bottleneck sleeve holds around 55 grains of powder in the cylinder and a 380 round ball. Even with the 9” barrel I can’t say it all burns before exiting. Definitely more powerful than a 38 special and almost approached 357 magnum speeds with a much lighter bullet though

    I remember seeing I think a 1903 Springfield at the Springfield Armory with like a six foot barrel. They kept on adding inches to it to see where was the point where the friction took over and the velocity started dropping. So extra length increased velocity, up to a point, then it starts hurting. Same idea here, how much powder can you put behind a 380 ball before it becomes useless and doesn’t burn?

    My other idea was to go the reverse. Cut a step in the frame like the 36 navy has to make it a 44, then make a belted Walker cylinder like the 44 Army has. You should be able to go to a 52 or even a 54 ball. Some day I might look for someone to do the machine work for me. Maybe use a 3rd model Dragoon with a Walker cylinder and barell

    Note: the original 38 special load was 21 grains of black powder I am loading over twice that
     
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