Anybody every try one of these in an 1894? I think it really sounds fun, possibly even a 357/440 would be a hoot.
Looks like I get to be the guinea pig. One 1894 on the way to Ben Forkin to start the 440 conversion. This will take a while to get done but I will send out updates as I get them.
Sounds like fun! Keep us posted. Have you two already discussed all that's involved, and projected costs? I'm guessing it will involve a stock 1894/44 Mag, then rechambering the barrel and opening up the bolt face.......am I close? Any feed geometry changes?
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There are some mods necessary. Costs, well it is going to take some time and I want it done right not fast. Since the 440 Corbon is a 50 AE necked down to .429 the bolt face stays the same. The tube has to be thinned out a bit to clear the 50 AE case. There are going to be so issues that may come up, whether or not the cast boolits I plan on using with require a little stretch in the action or not. I am having a longer barrel put on the gun. I wanted a 22" barrel with an 18" tube, similar to some of the older Marlins. I figure that barrel length should get me right on the heels of a 444 which is a good place to be, I just have a smaller package.Originally Posted by papajohn
This sounds like a very interesting project. I hope you'll keep us well informed of your progress every step of the way.
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I wish I had the skill to complete such a task but I don't. All I can do is give out updates as I get them and maybe get some pics along the way. I am in Ohio and the gun is in transit to Montana.