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February 5, 2020
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john Leonard
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Hello all,

 

Maybe I’ve stayed up to late reading some of Skeeter and Elmer’s articles but a odd idea hit me. Does anyone think/know/heard of someone converting a dan wesson 15-2 into a 44 special or better yet a 41 special? I’m sure the barrel would have to be custom built but would the frame/cylinder handle it? I appreciate any replies and will track the thread as best as i can.¬†

February 6, 2020
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Doubt the cylinder is a large enough diameter to handle the 41 and almost certainly won’t be big enough to do .44. A custom 5 shot cylinder and extractor may be able to be made but would be very $. The conversions to .41 are usually done on L frame S&W’s or GP100’s since they’re a larger diameter cylinder DW’s are the same size as a K frame cylinder. The barrel would probably need to be a larger diameter at the threads since the forcing cone would make it ultra thin. So you’d have to open the frame up and retap (thread) it to a larger diameter. Not impossible but probably not worth it. I do think the frame and locking mechanism would probably be able to withstand it though.

February 9, 2020
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Never heard of this and it I doubt it would be possible on the small frame Dan’s, just not enough meat in the cylinders for that large a caliber. ¬†Considering the cost of the work, it would be a much better idea to simply get a model 44/744, 41/741 and shoot those rounds the proper way.

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