1. Get Gear'd Up! Enter to WIN $1000 in gear!

    Please Click Here for full details and to enter. You will need to be registered and logged in to view the details and to participate.

    Thanks and good luck to everyone

What Caliber is it?

Discussion in 'Technical Questions & Information' started by Dale Paul, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. Dale Paul

    Dale Paul New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2012
    Messages:
    1
    Location:
    Dundee, NY
    I brought back from Turkey a matched pair of cap and ball dueling pistols. They are not antiques and they are certainly not toys. I've measured the ID of the barrel to be 9.25mm/.364". Would this be 9mm caliber or 45 caliber? I'm also interested in test firing them. Any suggestions?
  2. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2007
    Messages:
    11,641
    Location:
    NW Florida
    That would be 36 caliber. A common cap-n-ball caliber size.

    You want to shoot 'em, you need 35 caliber round balls http://www.speer-bullets.com/products/components/lead_round_balls.aspx patches, 3F black powder (or Pyrodex P) and caps to fit the nipples. Probably #10, but might be #11. Oh, and a powder measure.

    A good starting load would be 20 grains of powder. Pour the powder down the barrel, then center a lubricated patch over the muzzle (I always just put the patch in my mouth and slobbered on it - a "spit patch", but there are commercial lubes out there), center a ball in the patch and using a short starter to get it going, and then the ramrod, push the ball tight against the powder. Cock it, put a cap on the nipple and pull the trigger.
  3. Hawg

    Hawg Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2011
    Messages:
    2,107
    What Alpo said.
Similar Threads
Forum Title Date
Technical Questions & Information smallest caliber possible Jan 12, 2014
Technical Questions & Information Help needed on .30 caliber casings Aug 19, 2013
Technical Questions & Information Measuring Bore Caliber Aug 2, 2013
Technical Questions & Information Identifying caliber Steyr rifle May 5, 2013
Technical Questions & Information 32 caliber evolution Feb 26, 2013

Share This Page