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I have a Bisley in .44 mag I've been working on.  
I did the following to customize it;

-Free-wheeled the cylinder with a Power Custom pawl
-Installed  a Bowen rear sight
-Installed a Belt Mountain base pin
-changed out the blued pivot pins, grip frame screws, ejector rod, and ejector rod housing screws for stainless steel ones and polished them with my Dremel tool(this looks better than I thought it would)

Now I'm thinking about sending it to Dave Clements and having the barrel cut down to 5.5".  

Getting over the file jitters was the hard part, but it turned out really nice even if I do say so myself.

Of course the really nice thing is that I found out it likes the "standard" load of a 240 grain XTP ahead of 24.0 grains of WW296.  I shot a 1" five shot group offhand at 25 yards.  

This has been a fun project and now I just have to wait for hunting season to try it out on deer.
 

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Phil,

The pawl wasn't too bad.  Just measure the original to get the length correct and then you have to cut a little bit of an angle so the pawl doesn't bind on the ratchet.  I did that by holding the pawl up to the ratchet to see how they would fit together.  A gunsmith friend of mine gave me some advice and coaching for this also that helped.

I haven't put in a spring kit, because I have the action pretty good by dropping off one of the legs.  So I'll run like this for the time being.

The new base pin does make a tremendous difference, as does the Bowen rear sight.

Yes, it has been quite fun!  You keep us posted on yours as well.

All the best,

Rob
 
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