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There are several 'smiths who have converted the old Ruger Blackhawk .357 to 44 Spl. (Hamilton Bowen for example). Has anyone heard of a pistolsmith who would convert a Python to .44 Spl and refinish it? This would make one slick D.A. big bore pistol. (I don't beleive Mr. Bowen works of the Colt Python).

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.

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Hanged if I know anybody who would try it. I made some measurements on my Python. It looks to me like you would have to go the full route and have a 5-shot cylinder made up. The I-frame cylinder is not as large as a Ruger Flattop's. The outer cylinder walls would be over .090" which would probably be ok since Colts have somewhat offset bolt notches. But the chamber-to-chamber walls would only be about .030" thick if you just rechambered to .40. I don't think that is enough. A 5-shot cylinder with Colt timing would be a big project.

I recall John Taffin had a Bowen ".41 Special" on a S&W 581, and S&W makes the 646 titanium cylinder .40. Does it HAVE to be a Colt?

How about some nice 200 grain .357s?
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You might be hard pressed to find somebody willing to carve up a Python even if it's feasable. Rugers are dime-a-dozen and built like tanks, two things that Pythons certainly are not.
 

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.44 Conversion

I don't think as others have stated the cylinder could take going to a .44 Mag. At one time there was a gunsmith that converted them to .41 magnum but he is long out of the business. I don't know if these were 5 or 6 shot cylinders. You might check Jim Stroh of Alpha Precision at www.alphaprecision.com to see what he thinks as he does a number of caliber conversions.

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