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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-22-2016, 05:10 PM Thread Starter
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Just got off the phone with Jack Huntington.
After years of work, during which new tools had to be made to covert the revolver, it was finished but it was sitting on a office chair waiting to be packaged and shipped.
Whom ever put it there was called out of the office, some one else came in spun the chair to sit in it and the revolver flew off.
As I spoke to him another was removing scratches so it could be reblued.

He said I will have it by the Fourth of July.
Will he convert another one for some one else; only if you have a lot of money.

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458? More info please. I never heard of a revolver cartridge called 458

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It is a .458 Win. Mag. cut down to 1.3 inches.
I had srifle barrel blank of that caliber I had no use for and a Herter's that needed work so I sent them to Jack and he made a five shot cylinder and converted it to that caliber.
He made a nice set of altered stocks for it and dehorned the top strap.

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does it use the belt to headspace? What kind of power level is it up for? Be pretty expensive to supply brass for. Could you have went with a cut down 4570 case instead?

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any advantage over the 454 casull?


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I had empty .458 cases and having talked to John Linebaugh years ago using the belt did not need as large a cylinder as using a 45-70 if you wanted the cartridge flush with the rear cylinder.

It can be loaded up to standard, if there is such a thing, .458 X 1.4 levels.
Jack suggested 1.3 as the Herter's frame was not as long as he thought it might be and with the shorter case I have a larger choice of bullets that will work.
Advantages not really outside of a larger diameter and therefore bigger hole and possible bullet choice.


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pretty cool no matter how you look at it.

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Well Jack sent my Herter's to me last week.
It is one solid piece of steel.
NOT a lightweight.
The barrel is a cut down piece of a Krieger Henry Rifled Barrel.
Now it has been 4 years since I sent it to him and I do not know the particulars when I sent it and the barrel blank. I am sure there were few as it was supposed to be something he worked on when free time allowed it.

It now has no markings with the exception of the serial number.
I do believe he said he would not put his name on it but I thought he would put caliber on it some where.
Still I have no complaints as I am sure he lost money making it.

I called him when it arrived and asked him if he had the .458 cases I sent him.
He said he had a lot of them and had no use for them so he would send them to me.
At the time he was working on my High Standard Crusader, if needed an new cylinder spring and as I am not being charged for this I am not going complain about anything.

He put Walnut stocks on the Herter's that are absolutely beautiful and custom fit to the modified stock frame.
He did say that the tooling for making the custom cylinder should work for making a five shot Colt which he is seriously thinking of doing.

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