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 Webley Mk VI - .45ACP
TheBob24  [Member]
8/4/2011 8:29:33 AM EST
Ok, i've searched around trying to see if there is anyway to make the Webley .455 revolver fire a better cartridge.
Basically the answer is no. People have modified their's to fire .45ACP with half moon clips but if you don't load them at lower pressures it could cause the cylinder to explode.

My question is what if you custom made a cylinder out of stronger metal?

Would that solve all the problems of hotter loads?

Ideas??

Thanks.
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Ameshawki  [Member]
8/4/2011 9:35:16 AM EST
455 Webley brass can be found. A custom made cylinder is theoretically possible but you would have more money wrapped up in the project than its worth. You could probably buy three Smith 625's for what it would cost to try this.

Unmodified Webleys have moved into the collector's realm. You really shouldn't be messing with it. If it doesn't suit your needs sell it to someone who appreciates it.
HellifIknow  [Team Member]
8/4/2011 9:39:45 AM EST
Originally Posted By TheBob24:
Ok, i've searched around trying to see if there is anyway to make the Webley .455 revolver fire a better cartridge.
Basically the answer is no. People have modified their's to fire .45ACP with half moon clips but if you don't load them at lower pressures it could cause the cylinder to explode.

My question is what if you custom made a cylinder out of stronger metal?

Would that solve all the problems of hotter loads?

Ideas??

Thanks.


Basically no.
The .455 regular factory round is slightly less powerful than the standard U.S. 45acp.
As the previous poster stated, making a new cylinder is possible but a very expensive solution that will wreck the gun.
Leave it as is.
Buy something more modern.


TheBob24  [Member]
8/4/2011 10:07:31 AM EST
Umm I appreciate the gun... but if the cylinder is already wrecked being modified for .45acp wheres the harm?
Ameshawki  [Member]
8/4/2011 10:43:03 AM EST
I take it your webley has already been cut for 45 acp. Even if you could build another cylinder, the frame and action of the Webley isn't built for high pressure rounds. All break open revolvers like the Webley are built for low pressure, low power rounds. There's a reason you've never seen a 357 Magnum Webley. The cylinder is only part of the equation.

Down load 45 acp (or 45 Auto Rim if you can find it) and call it good.
Ironhandjohn  [Member]
8/4/2011 3:12:20 PM EST
Originally Posted By Ameshawki:
I take it your webley has already been cut for 45 acp. Even if you could build another cylinder, the frame and action of the Webley isn't built for high pressure rounds. All break open revolvers like the Webley are built for low pressure, low power rounds. There's a reason you've never seen a 357 Magnum Webley. The cylinder is only part of the equation.

Down load 45 acp (or 45 Auto Rim if you can find it) and call it good.



What he said....

SD307  [Team Member]
8/4/2011 3:38:36 PM EST
You can't do it the webly is a top break putting a higher pressure of 45 acp will loosen the locking mechanisms making the gun unsafe.

Shoot lightly loaded 45 auto rimmed I like 10 grains of blue dot in mine.
TUBBY  [Team Member]
8/5/2011 2:33:41 AM EST
Originally Posted By Ironhandjohn:
Originally Posted By Ameshawki:
I take it your webley has already been cut for 45 acp. Even if you could build another cylinder, the frame and action of the Webley isn't built for high pressure rounds. All break open revolvers like the Webley are built for low pressure, low power rounds. There's a reason you've never seen a 357 Magnum Webley. The cylinder is only part of the equation.

Down load 45 acp (or 45 Auto Rim if you can find it) and call it good.



What he said....



+1. That beind said . I had one that was converted and I fired hundreds of rounds of FMJ rounds thru it and it never loosened up or exploded.

payne540  [Member]
8/5/2011 9:51:43 AM EST
OP, I agree with the other responses. If I had your gun in it's "ruined" condition (and I wish I did!), I'd reload for it and shoot like crazy!

I believe it was "Duke" Venturino who wrote an article a few years ago regarding the Webley Mk VI and his use of the gun for home defense. At the time, one company was selling factory .45 AR cartridges loaded with a semi-wadcutter Keith-esque bullet, and that was his defensive choice. Hard to argue that it would be more effective than any of the myriad of modern defensive pistols, but you may be able to find a manufacturer of .45 AR if you don't reload and don't like moon clips.

In any case, enjoy your gun!
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