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Ok, [8D] I'm ready to try my hand at swapping an aluminum grip frame for a stainless steel one and replacing the regular hammer with a Bisley hammer (but will keep the regular trigger). What I'm going to do is replace the gripframe on a .32 Single-Six with a regular SS gripframe. I have the SS gripframe and I have the SS screws and a few other small SS parts that I want to install.

Now, I'm aware that there may be some minor fitting involved with the gripframe. So before I start I wanted to ask; is a set of assorted needle files (the set of 5 I've had for a few years now came from Lowe's) in various configurations good enough for the task at hand?? Or do I need something different?

I have the proper screwdrivers, punches and such small tools. I just want to confirm the question about the files.

Thanks for any information and advice you can give me. :)
 

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~mutters to himself about lack of SA guys on this forum...:( thinks to himself thats its strange how a feller can't appreciate the good old single actions...[V] & thinks it strange too they would want to spend more money for a semi-auto and its extra mags...[V] when a good SA is less expensive...:( shakes head and wanders off muttering under breath, loading a Blackhawk .45 Colt... ~
 

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quote:Originally posted by Ruger Packer

~mutters to himself about lack of SA guys on this forum...:( thinks to himself thats its strange how a feller can't appreciate the good old single actions...[V] & thinks it strange too they would want to spend more money for a semi-auto and its extra mags...[V] when a good SA is less expensive...:( shakes head and wanders off muttering under breath, loading a Blackhawk .45 Colt... ~
I have many revolvers (both SA and DA Colts, S&W and Rugers) as well as lots of pistols. The weird thing is that where I'll take my semi's down to the last spring looking for a way to tweak them or to simply 'play' with them, I leave my wheel guns alone. Why? I have no idea[?]

Sorry, but I'm no help here.
 

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RugerPacker, I put a brass Blackhawk grip frame on an SBH 44. I did have to do alot of fitting but I'm sure it was alot easier with brass than it would be with stainless. FWIW I tried to drill the the gas block on my SS mini to accept a QD sling swivel, 5 bits later I gave up. Ruger stainless is some hard stuff. doc
 

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quote:Originally posted by Ruger Packer

~mutters to himself about lack of SA guys on this forum...:( thinks to himself thats its strange how a feller can't appreciate the good old single actions...[V] & thinks it strange too they would want to spend more money for a semi-auto and its extra mags...[V] when a good SA is less expensive...:( shakes head and wanders off muttering under breath, loading a Blackhawk .45 Colt... ~
Hey there... now I've got one on Lay-Away! Does that count?[:p]
 

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hehe, i havnt messed with single actions much yet i just got my first one earlier this year, its a stainless 357 nmbh.

for fitting, test fit, go slow dont force it, if it hangsup somewhere i suggest only a swipe or 2 of the file at a time.

sometimes you need something to show where its rubbing its prolly gona be a pita with the gripframe, dykem or engineers dye can help rubs off in the areas where its tough to get past.

no all that said most of the guys i know havnt had to do much fitting.

some things i did learn when i tore mine apart, use a pinto caputer your hammer spring on the strut, its a bitch to get back on there if it comes off., i think i used a piece of paperclip.

anything else i figured out i already forgot lol.
 

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quote:Originally posted by Ruger Packer

Ok, [8D] I'm ready to try my hand at swapping an aluminum grip frame for a stainless steel one and replacing the regular hammer with a Bisley hammer (but will keep the regular trigger). What I'm going to do is replace the gripframe on a .32 Single-Six with a regular SS gripframe. I have the SS gripframe and I have the SS screws and a few other small SS parts that I want to install.

Now, I'm aware that there may be some minor fitting involved with the gripframe. So before I start I wanted to ask; is a set of assorted needle files (the set of 5 I've had for a few years now came from Lowe's) in various configurations good enough for the task at hand?? Or do I need something different?

I have the proper screwdrivers, punches and such small tools. I just want to confirm the question about the files.

Thanks for any information and advice you can give me. :)
Hi

A couple of ways to solve the problem. I used red, the brighter the better, lipstick as a layout fluid to fit my frame. It cleans off easily so don't worry about it.

The really hard part, both work wise and looks wise was fitting the bisley hammer to the b/h frame. WHAT A BITC#.

ONE WAY IS JUST TO WALLER OUT THE PRESENT HAMMER NOTCH IN THE FRAME till it fits and call it good to go. I pondered this for awhile and decided that would look like the south end of a north bound horse.

So I took the bisley hammer and the hammer I removed, stuck the hammer pin through both hammers and scribed a line on the bisley hammer to mark what had to be removed. Then I tried filing the material. *&^% .[}:)] If God made anything harder than that material I could not hazard a guess as to what it might be. So we got out the ever reliable dremel tool. That took it off. Be careful when you do this for two reasons. Wear safty glasses,#1 and #2 the more precise you are the easier the finishing and polishing will be when you finish and the more professional your product will look.

I'd like to tell you this all happens in a lickety split time frame but it doesn't. Take your time and be careful. You'll be proud of yourself when it's finished.

Way back when, Elmer Keith tried to convince Bill Ruger to put a bisley hammer on the b/h but ol' Bill would have none of that. I think it's one of the very few mistakes he made in his lifetime. The bisley hammer just seems to fit better. At least for me it does. My 3 b/h's all have bisley hammers.

If I can aid you any further just whistle back.
 
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