GUN black powder revolvers

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  1. amac88

    amac88 New Member

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    Ive been thinking of getting an old-school black powder revolver when I get the money. Can anyone tell me about them? Can you buy pre-loaded ammo or do you have to load your own rounds? Give me some info.
     
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    Some people at the range were firing those things upwind from us at the range. It was hard to resist the urge to shoot them.
     
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    BP pistols dont take preloaded ammo, lead balls and powder have to be loaded into the cylinder. If you just want that old school look you can a conventional cartridge gun in the old cowboy style.
     
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    You can make or buy preloaded cartridges. It's depends on what you want. Do you want to constantly pour powder out of a powder flask into your cylinder, then insert your ball. Or have an all in one cartridge you tear, insert, and press home.

    For pistols, Id buy from Cimmaron. The armi sport shit is nice quality.
     
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    are you asking about a cap and ball or cartridge revolver? i have a ruger old army(cap and ball) and i love it. never had a bp cartridge revolver, but there are drop in cylinder conversion kit's and i've been thinking about getting one. once loaded, they fire no differently from any single action revolver. black powder is corrosive, so you have to clean them soon after firing or you'll ruin them. if you go the cartridge route, there isn't anything really special you'll need. if you go the cap and ball route, you'll need to buy powder, balls, wads, caps, powder measure, capper..etc.
     
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    Im not talkin about modern smokeless ammo, I know you couldnt just go buy a box of .44's or whatever and shoot them. But, didnt they have some kinda preloaded cartridges back then?
     
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    Yeah. I remember watching some on history or mil on weapons history and back when they switched from the powder and balls to cartridge people would convert the old ones over to the new cartridges. I never really looked into but I imagine the ammo would probably be pretty pricey.

    If you want something that uses cartridges I get a reproduction colt, you'll probably be looking at like $600 or so for the pistola though.
    Something like this .45LC atleast you'll be able to find in local gun shops.
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    Id love to have one of those, always liked the "Old West" revolvers.
     
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    Buy an 1861 Colt Army Revolver.
     
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    yeah, it's possible to wrap BP loads in paper "cartridges" for slightly quicker loading. Civil War-era shooters did it pretty often.

    Some BP revolvers can also accept cartridge conversion cylinders, if you wanted to shoot regular .45LC or similar
     
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    Thats what I was talkin about, anyone know how to do this?
     
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    :dunno:

    Wish I did
     
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    Cigarette papers, wooden dowl, a tool to properly measure powder, plus lead balls.

    Roll paper around wooden dowl. Twist/fold end, pour powder, insert ball. Seal opposite end.
     
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    ....that's a lot less intimidating than I thought.
     
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    Well it is old school technology.

    One can also start the opposite way. Roll your paper aroung the dowl fold/glue and insert ball. Then add proper amount of powder and twist off the end.
     
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    I was thinking roll around the dowel, twist/fold one end shut, pour in powder, twist in ball/bullet at other end
     
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    If you want a blackpowder pistol and don't get a LeMat, you have no balls.

    [​IMG]
     
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    <3 the lemat :bowdown: 9 shots and a shotgun blast for good measure.
     
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    Never been a big fan of the Lemat.

    Awkward feeling and heavy.
     
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    Okay J.E.B. :mamoru:
     
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    1860 Army or 1861 Navy?

    1860 Army
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    1861 Navy
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    Thunderbear Yggdrasil's Forester.

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    I want one to carry, in a Doc Holiday crossdraw Tucker rig.

    I just wonder if I can make some black powder self defense loads. :o
     

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