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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-20-2017, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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Default Rebarrel a new 1885 to .45 Colt?

Hey Guys,

I've never posted here before, but I figured that you folks would be the ones to ask.

I really like the look of the new Winchester 1885 low walls, with the 24 inch barrels and pistol grip stocks, but they only come in the small calibers of .22-250, .22 mag., etc.

Do you guys know of a gunsmith out there who could rebarrel one of these to .45 Long Colt? He would also have to replace/alter the extractor etc.

Or, is this a type of rebarrel project that just never seems to work out?

I know that the .45 Colt has a pretty small rim, and maybe there are chronic extraction problems in an 1885 platform?

I guess I could live with a .44 magnum rebarrel, but then I would have to hand load all of the time to down-load the rounds. The cost of factory .44 Specials is prohibitive.

I don't do any cowboy shooting, but would like the mild 45 Colt round for 50 yard targets and plinking.

Thanks for any info.

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For your 'objective' may I suggest the 38Spl, 357Mag or Max. Ive had an H&R Shikari 44Mag years ago and liked it, never got one of the 45C Classic Carbines, but have had the H&R 357Mag for a few years now and found much happiness. My loads run mostly 38Spl equiv. 'WC' level but Ive been all the way up to low end 357Max with the bullet seated out in the longgg throat (just to know how high I can go 'if' I needed to).
The barrel shank may take that smaller dia. the the 38 class chamber better. Maybe check what it would cost to have JES rebore/rechamber one of the new '85s for you. Likely way cheaper than rebarreling.

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Thanks,

Kinda wedded in my thoughts to an 1885 rifle.

I think they easier way to do it would be to buy a well used modern 1885 in .45-70, and just have the barrel relined to .45 Colt. Got to be way cheaper than installing a new barrel. (From the website, it looks like McGowan would charge $800 to $1,000 for installing a new octagonal barrel, although I am sure they would do an excellent job.)

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