1872 Colt derringer fun


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Snowdog
July 12, 2003, 10:26 AM
I just ordered a derringer that looks a lot like the picture below except the barrel is of brass as well as the frame. It's a .32 caliber according to FAC (where I ordered it from).

I understand having a brass barrel will restrict this pistol from any serious work, but what might be considered a normal load for it?

Perhaps a 00 buckshot pellet over 10 grains of FFFG?

I plan to use it only for play, and possibly to dispatch any rodents or crows I happen across.

I was also wondering if itis common for people to use 6-7 1/2 birdshot in lieu of a single projectile for snakeshot (or miceshot in my case). I don't know for certain, but I'd wager this is a smoothbore.
It looks fun, anyway... can hardly wait for it to arrive.

Thanks for any opinions/information.

http://www.emf-company.com/images3/deringer3.jpg

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4v50 Gary
July 14, 2003, 09:43 PM
My apologies Snowdog but I've no info on these guns other than they were originally made in 41 rimfire (Severn) and no as a percussion arm. My take is 10 grains FFF is safe.

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