Peter.. I'm not going to a lot of expense, although Moon clips are cheaper i would think, HKS make a speed loader that's pretty easy and not real expensive, 3-a i think and I've seen Safariland ones that are for competition though a little more expensive.
just thought if it was simple i'd possibly do it.
Heck would need at least 8 speedloaders.. maybe 10 would be nicer and something to carry them on also.
But shooting 38's SWC compared to my .45 is like shooting nothing..
All i have to do now is get re-used to the double action on the revolver and practice some, should be fun.
this is sounding more like something i'm gonna try.. hmm...
Have you considered a Smith 625? .45 ACP, can be loaded with light bullets, and already set up for full moon clips.
You can use a good jacketed bullet, or even a cast round nose design to ease loading. As a matter of fact, Berry's makes a 185 hollow-base round nose that has the same length and profile as the 230 grain FMJ. I've had decent results out to 15-20 yards with this bullet.
Yeah would love a Smith 625... can you buy it for me please ?
LOL.. I have the DW revolver since the early 80's when DW was the original DW...
I just want to try this as something different to do, seems like a heck of a challenge in the USPSA world.. This year i'm going to get rated in Production and Revolver if i can.. should be interesting.
Ya never know though and if i thought i'd be shooting revolver as my primary competition i'd most likely go buy the 625 or something along those lines.
Hey just for grins, what barrel length 6" or the longer i think it's 8" i've seen some guys using 4" but mostly longer..
I have the 2",4",6",8" for it with the front sight inserts etc..
If you're set on doing this with that Dan Wesson, I believe that this is what you'll have to do:
1. Have the rear part of the cylinder milled to accept the added thickness of the full or half moon clips.
2. Headspace and retime the revolver cylinder as needed.
On the positive side, from what I've seen here on the forum, the good folks at Dan Wesson will gladly make a custom cylinder for you. Of course, it will take time--and the final cost will probably be more than a brand new revolver.
On the negative side, the moon clips themselves will be a pricey proposition--unless you know someone that can stamp them out of steel for you.
All in all, it sounds like a neat project gun. Enjoy!