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Offline Certus

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ROA Nitro Conversion.
« on: July 11, 2020, 06:20:07 AM »
I live in the UK and following a ban on breech loading pistols in 1997 I turned to muzzle loading revolvers. Among these was a Ruger Old Army in stainless steel with fully adjustable sights. Although I'm happy shooting traditional black powder through the Ruger and the other Uberti revolvers I own, they could not be used on most indoor ranges due to ventilation issues. As the Ruger could already be considered to be a modern revolver, I had it converted and proofed to use smokeless powder. The conversion consisted of machining of the rear of the existing cylinder and making provision for 209 Shotgun Primers as the ignition source. A backplate was also needed to house the captive firing pin and allowing for removal of the cylinder and on-gun loading in exactly the same manner as the original gun.
I use 4.3grns of Herco and an Alox lubricated .457 pure lead ball with no wad or filler non being required.
The beauty of this conversion is that it allows the use of either black powder outdoors or smokeless powder when outdoor condition aren't ideal. Shotgun primers are more reliable, easier to fit than percussion caps and cost far less to purchase.
Brian

Offline dbtk44

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Re: ROA Nitro Conversion.
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2020, 11:14:16 AM »
Very nice!!  Might one inquire, how many pounds this conversion lightened your wallet?

I'm curious, if this is something that could be done in the States.....

Offline Certus

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Re: ROA Nitro Conversion.
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2020, 06:35:06 AM »
Very nice!!  Might one inquire, how many pounds this conversion lightened your wallet?

I'm curious, if this is something that could be done in the States.....

Hi,
Here is picture of the Ruger Old Army which is one of the first nitro converted muzzle loading revolvers produced following the UK breech loading pistol ban in 1997 and no longer available..

I also have a nice Uberti replica Remington 1858 nitro conversion which was made by the company linked here:

http://anvilconversions.co.uk/



There is also at least one other UK company who currently convert Ruger Old Army revolvers to use smokeless powders.

http://www.aandagunsmiths.co.uk/volquartsen/asm/pistols/ruger-pistols/

I prefer to load the revolvers as originally intended ie "on gun" instead of  "off gun" using a press and also wanted the option to shoot  the gun with black powder rather than smokeless.

Brian

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