Traditions (Pietta) 1860 Colt Army

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David LaPell

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I once owned ths gun and traded it off for a rifle about two years ago. The shop never got rid of it (black powder revolvers are pretty much a novelty here in upstate NY). A couple of weeks ago I traded off another gun and got this one back. On New Years day I took it outside with some newly made paper cartridges using Zig-Zag rolling papers, 20 grains of FFFG Triple 7 and a .454 round ball. I also ried some loose rounds with some wonder wads for the heck of it. Everything done from 15 yards offhand duelist style.
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David LaPell

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I take the rolling paper and a 3/8 inch wooden dowel, get an Elmer's glue stick and glue the edge of one side, and roll the paper up kind of like a cigarette. Then I take a round ball and place it on the flat edge of the dowel and pull the paper up around it. After the paper is about 3/4 inch up I twist the end shut, I nip the tail off with scissors or nail clippers. Then I slide the dowel out, pour the charge in the open end, and cut off the paper about 3/4 above the charge. Then I cut halfway into the paper cylinder, then cut down from above so that it leaves me a little flap. I take the glue stick and glue that flap over, that way there is only a single thickness of paper for the cap to burn through.
 

pete44ru

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Nice, David.

Mine's got a shorter barrel, and uses .457" Speer commercial RB's - but it's plenty of fun, for sure 1

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gunman42782

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Yours sure looks nice. I love those old cap and ball revolvers. Loads of fun. It is like reloading and shooting combined in one!
 
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