36 CAP and ball conversions


#1

I was looking into the world of cap and ball revolvers when I found an issue that hasn’t really been solved. Those that have a .36 cal muzzleloader know that it takes a .370-.375" diameter projectile. The conversions to a standard cartridge include:

Low powered 38 Sol
38 S&W
38 Long Colt

The problem is that these bullets need a hollow base to basically fire form to the lands and grooves. But .015" is a lot to stretch lead.
Then I came across this little gem, the 38-40.
It has a bullet diameter of .401" and is a necked down version of the 44-40.

Do you guys think it would be worth the while to attempt to convert a revolver to accept this cartridge? I know I will have to bore out the barrel and recut the rifling. Let me know what you guys think


#2

IDK, wall hangers might be advisable…


#3

Good question. It will take a lot of time, and some money for the proper reamer unless you already have the tooling.
To be honest with you I was hoping you would put time into the AK conversion you had mentioned.


#4

I plan on doing the ak conversion first. The question came to me this morning when my brother started asking questions about conversions for the 1851 navy revolvers.


#5

I’m finally getting it fixed. A local guy works on ak’s and quoted me a decent price to fix it. Now I get to play the waiting game.


#6

That sucks. “The waiting game”
I’m happy to hear that it’s getting fixed!!!