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Old 01-18-2013, 11:49 PM
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I have a Gen 3 SAA Colt in 45 Colt. The Cylinder from the Factory is at the high side of spec. This sucks for reloading as the spent cases are only good for about two reloads, three with Fed brass. What Cylinder should i start with to re-bore to a tighter spec for the 45 Colt?
Can i start with a .44 Special cylinder or do i need to start with a smaller bore, say the .357 Cylinder? Colt cylinders I can get are in that caliber. I do not want to start from a blank or a knock off.
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hone your sizing die out if you can. when you size your fired cases, size down just to the base of where you put the bullet, then stop. cast oversize bullets by placing tin foil in between your mold jaws (assuming they fit in the throats)

That should help brass life. I have a BFR with chambers larger than your typical S&W X-frame, so bad that non full length size cases don't fit in an X-frame (learned that the hard way just recently!)

But I've only had two case failures, plenty of reloads on each. More than two.

Anyways, the point is that you might have an option open to you to improve brass life without smithing.
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hone your sizing die out if you can. when you size your fired cases, size down just to the base of where you put the bullet, then stop. cast oversize bullets by placing tin foil in between your mold jaws (assuming they fit in the throats)

That should help brass life. I have a BFR with chambers larger than your typical S&W X-frame, so bad that non full length size cases don't fit in an X-frame (learned that the hard way just recently!)

But I've only had two case failures, plenty of reloads on each. More than two.

Anyways, the point is that you might have an option open to you to improve brass life without smithing.
oh that's a good idea, But, I have two other guns in 45 Colt. Kinda sad that the dang Colt SAA has the worst Cylinder spec. I wanted to "fix" the Colt first, if it worked out well, I would do the Super Redhawk, then the Mod 25. The Redhawk would lose the 454 Casull with the new Cylinder. (I don't hunt water buffalo) I also have Blackhawk in 41 mag that I may have converted to 45 Colt. Its an Old Model of no particular provenance.
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Only neck sizing will work if you're pushing loads on the mild side, which is a good idea with a SAA anyway.
Buying better brass designed for +P 45 Colt will extend life either way.
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Thanks for the answer back guys. I have something to work with here.
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based on the case size you could use a .44 special. You'd have around .023" to clean up. I'd order a reamer. McMaster Carr has it for $32, Beats the hell out of trying to bore it to size.
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based on the case size you could use a .44 special. You'd have around .023" to clean up. I'd order a reamer. McMaster Carr has it for $32, Beats the hell out of trying to bore it to size.
Thank you, That's what I wanted to know before getting the Cylinder.
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