Percussion revolver suggestions


Black Snowman
October 5, 2003, 03:18 PM
For no good damn reason I have a sudden hankering for a black powder revolver. This would be my 1st and likely only black powder gun. Just going to shoot it for fun and show it off.

What's a good black powder pistol for occasional paper slaying and to have sit behind some glass?


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4v50 Gary
October 5, 2003, 03:39 PM
Ruger Old Army. It'll last you forever.

Dave Markowitz
October 5, 2003, 08:01 PM
The Ruger Old Army is the best cap & ball revolver ever made. Period.

That being said, unless you're going to shoot it a lot, one of the Italian replicas will do well. E.g., an Uberti replica 1858 Remington or Colt Navy. Just stay away from brass-framed guns, as they will shoot loose over time. Stick with steel frames.

October 6, 2003, 12:19 AM
whats a used old army stainless worth?????or a new one...

October 6, 2003, 12:36 AM
I saw a used stainless Old Army the other day in a shop for around $350. They are enough that I can't justify buying one myself. I own a couple blackpowder revolvers and shoot them at most, once a year. Before I was old enough to buy a cartridge handgun, I bought myself a Ruger Old Army and shot it quite a bit. It certainly is the finest BP revolver I have ever handled. Like all guns I sold, I really regret selling it. I don't remember what I paid for it, but it must not have been much because I was working for $3.35 an hour part time. I find that I don't shoot the BP revolvers a whole lot at a session. It takes so long to load, and it is so dirty that I might fire maybe 24 rounds and call it quits.

It sounds like you just want a black powder revolver for fun, and shoot occasionally. I bought a 1860 Army repo from Cabellas for $119. I have fired maybe 100 rounds out of it total over maybe four years. I have had one problem with it. The screw in the barrel wedge loosened and fell out once when I was firing it, and I couldn't find it. I went right on shooting it making sure that the wedge was tight in the gun. I later bought a few replacements from Dixie Gun Works which fit fine. The gun is surprisingly accurate. I would have to say it is pretty close to as accurate as any standard out of the box handgun I own.
The other BP revolver I own is a Colt Walker repo. I always wanted one of these and traded a beat up dirt bike for it. I have never fired it.

October 6, 2003, 04:03 PM
I've had several over the years. My current pistols are a Colt signature series 1851 Navy .36, and a 44 cal 1860 Army by pietta sold through cabela's.

The Army has a better balance, shoots conicals as well as round balls (the conicals won't fit in the notch of my navy) and still looks fancy enough to store under glass.. if I polished up the brass frame. Never heard of anyone shooting a brass frame loose. Many many Civil War era guns were made on brass frames. I think I paid $125 for mine.

Paid nearly 4 times that for the signature series Colt + accessories. Both are a lot of fun.

October 10, 2003, 12:25 PM
I don't have any BP handguns right now, but over the years I have had 3. First was a CVA "Prospector's Pistol" single shot .44
Next was a CVA 1858 Army Remington .44, and the .31 "Pocket Remington" All were a lot of fun to shoot, my personal favorite was the 44 Army

October 10, 2003, 12:51 PM
The Colt replicas look the best on display imho. The 1860 Army was probably the height of the BP revos. Soon thereafter, cartridges superseded the ol front stuffers.

October 19, 2003, 09:16 AM
My only BP gun is a Remington New Model Army.
It's 140 years old and still tickin', and concidering the condition of the bore it's rather accurate.:)

Have a nice day

October 19, 2003, 09:34 AM
The Pietta guns are nice.. There are better at more expense.
For what you indicate you want they will be fine.

Cimmarron by Uberti are nicer and more expensive.

Colt models are nicely balanced but the Remingtons like the old timer pictured above are stronger.

The cheap brass one will indeed shoot loose. The Confederates made a few but the troops threw them away as soon as they could liberate a good one from a dead Yankee.

Consensus is that the 1851 colt Navy model in 36 was the best balanced of all the civil war vintage firearms.

Have fun.

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