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S&W 455 Webley converted to 45ACP- Too valuable to convert to 45LC ??
About 15 yrs ago I bought what I thought was a S&W 45ACP Mod 1917 for about $100. I realized it was not a Model 1917 when it had no US markings, caliber 455 stamped on the barrel and S&W markings on the side plate and the checkered stocks. The frame and barrel match, have a 45xxx serial no. and are parkerized. The cylinder is blued and has a 79xxx serial number. Based on what I have read, I assume this gun was originally a 455 Webley. I like the gun because it shoots well and is a 455 barrel, not a 451 or 452 which all late made 45's are. For several reasons I would like to have a 45LC cylinder fitted. I realize this is non-reversable conversion since the 45LC cylinder is longer than the 45ACP cylinder and would require reducing the barrel length and machining a new forcing cone. Would it be better to try and convert back to 455 Webley? Can it be done?