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catfish621

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I have a stainless blackhawk that has been drilled and tapped for scope mounts. I would like to reverse this and have barrel shortened and a few other things. Should I go with somebody like Clements or Gallagher or someone less known? Any suggestions? I live in No. Virginia.
 

flatgate

Hawkeye
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So, you want the holes welded up or ?

Of course, using the services of the very competent gunsmith is a wise choice.

JMHO,

flatgate
 

catfish621

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I guess what I'm asking is does anyone know a local gunsmith that can do this work or should I stick with a bigger name.
 

redoktober

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is right there in Woodlawn. Give 'em a call. I live in MD and have thought about contacting them to see how much they charge for a basic trigger or action job for either a Blackhawk, Redhawk or GP 100.
 

raven5

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You know, you could just add some flush mounted screws to those holes and save yourself some money. Not knocking the welding; just a thought. Harton does some awesome welding work as well.
 

Boxhead

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If welding is involved there are only two men I would consider, Alan Harton and Jim Stroh. Give each a call and pick the one that meets your cost and schedule desires.
 

JHRosier

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If you have the screw holes welded, there still may be a "fusion line" where the new material meets the old material.
I would talk to a good gunsmith like David Clements to learn what the results might look like.

Jack
 

2 dogs

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I would stick with Harton or Stroh if I needed my gun welded on.
 

seeemmiss

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I would sell the gun and buy a new one without holes and go from there. It doesn't matter how good of a welder the person is, you will be able to see the welds I think.
 

REP1954

Blackhawk
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Spot color matching after welding will hide the weld marks on all but the brightess finishes. Stainless is more weld friendly than carbon steels and when done by experts a good job is a sure thing.
 

Knuckles

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Put some stainless screws in and be done with that part of the project.

If you really can't live with the tap-holes, get rid of it.
JMHO :wink:
 

Yosemite Sam

Hunter
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The problem(s) with having work done by top name smiths is you have to be both rich and patient. Sending the gun off is going to add $150 in shipping charges (to/from), or darn close to it. Add in the amount of work you want done (and remember you're paying "craftsman" rates), and you could be looking at a lot more money than it would cost to simply sell what you have and get a more suitable piece. You might also have to wait 18 months in the queue with one of the bigger names.

-- Sam
 

catfish621

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Thanks for all the replies. I've got plug screws in it now and while they're not terrible I thought I would just get them filled. I want to go from 7 1/2 to 5 1/2 .45. The 5 1/2 stainless are hard to find.
 

REP1954

Blackhawk
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If your having other work done on the gun already the shipping is already covered.
 

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