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ND: Black Powder Revolver

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by fyrediver, Sep 30, 2013.

  1. fyrediver

    fyrediver Seattle Active Member

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  2. hoody

    hoody Tigard/Beaverton area Active Member

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    Storing a loaded cap and ball pistol seems like a bad idea: there's no easy way to fully unload/clear it. But at a minimum, why store it with caps on?
     
  3. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Curious where do you get the Idea this was a cap and ball revolver? Colt never made any 45cal cap and ball revolvers to start with and the article says nothing about it being a precussion revolver only that it was black powder. As would be any Colt SAA made before about 1894-95 when smokeless powder came into use.

    These old SAA had a hammer spur type firing pin and if dropped on the hammer could easily fire.
     
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  4. mrblond

    mrblond Salem OR Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like he had 6 cartriges loaded instead of 5 with the hammer on a empty chamber.
     
  5. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    The Colt Dragoon takes a .454 ball though it's called a .44.
     
  6. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    YES it does and its called .44 cal because the barrel is .44cal The caliber marked on the barrel will be .44 not .45 With a cap and ball revolver the ball used is larger then the cylinder so that when the ball is pressed into the cylinder it should actually cut a perfect tiny ring of lead off the ball to seal the cylinder. The long forcing cones these revolvers have tend to elongate the balls a little as they pass through them again causing a tight seal with the grooves in the barrel.

    I have owned maybe a couple dozen various reproduction cap and ball revolvers over the past 30 years I have shot them.
     
  7. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Corngrats. The Ruger Old Army .45 shoots a .457.
     
  8. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    yes but COLT didn't make it so it has no bearing on this discussion unless I missed something
     
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