Originally Posted by sstephenson
I just purchased a Pietta 1858 New Army .44 Caliber Revolver from Cabelas and I'm looking forward to trying it out. I'm new to black powder firearms and I'd like some suggestions from you experienced folks on what I should purchase in the way of supplies and accessories in order to get started. Here are a few questions, and I'd also like your thoughts on anything else I may need. Thanks in advance for your help!
1) Powder - I'm looking for a good non-corrosive black powder substitute. Something convenient (like a pelleted powder charge) would be great. Or am I better off using black powder?
2) Patch or No Patch (or wad?) - I've watched Cabella's video showing how the revolver is loaded. It seems to me that the big glop of lubricant that they put over the ball is dirt magnet and inconvenient to carry that way. Can you use a pre-lubricated patch or wad before the ball is loaded to prevent the mess and any potential accidental ignition of the other cylinders? What do you suggest?
3) Ball size - Any recommendations?
4) Cap/Primer - Any recommendations?
5) Everything Else - What else do I need to get started?
i just started shooting a 1858 army and a 1851 navy, both pietta from cabellas, just had to order them at the current fantastic sale price.
i am using pyrodex P powder. 25 grains. 451 hornady bullets and pre-cut/pre-lubed wads. the wads are pretty thick so no need to seal each chamber with pig fat or anything to prevent chain fires. the caps i got are # 10, thats what most have recommended. kind-of a tight fit though, might try #11 next time.
hint: be sure to push the loading lever down as far as it will go for a nice tight. didnt really do that the first couple of loads and some bullets just went 'poof' and bounced off the cardboard target and hit a friend on the head!
extra important hint: if you think a round did not fire properly (just the cap went off) KEEP HOLDING THE GUN IN A SAFE DIRECTION FOR AT LEAST 30 SECONDS. these suckers can go off with a long delay some times.
extra extra important hint: squib loads are a serious potential problem with cap and ball guns. do not try weak loads, 20 grains is the minimum in my opinion (also do not go over 25 if you have a brass gun). if you think the bullet did not come out, stop wait and check the barrel is clear before firing the next round.