Order New Revolver


June 8, 2006, 07:45 PM
Today I Order another new Revolver to quench my addiction. I was a little
more conservative ( have a new walker) this time and got a Uberti 1849 revolver in a .31 caliber to practice with. I would very much appreciate Any input on this revolver and some safe loads. ( Iam now saving for a 3rd model military dragoon)
Thank You

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June 9, 2006, 09:04 AM
I don't have a .31 but I do have an Uberti pocket navy .36 which I'm pleased with. In PERCUSSION PISTOLS AND REVOLVERS by Johnny Bates and Mike Cumpston (known here affectionately as mec), they show charges of 12.5 grains of FFFG and Pyrodex P, or 10 grains of Hodgdon 777 for the .31 pocket revolver. If you get your pocket revolver and experience problems with it's fired cap handling like I did, there's also some suggestions in the book which will improve it.


The Sicilian
June 9, 2006, 01:41 PM
The 1849 is a tough little revolver. I've put 15 grains worth of triple 7 and it took it no problem. I've never gone over 15 grains of triple7 though and don't see a need to push the envelope any further anyway. I decided to get rid of my .31 and use it as a down payment on a Colt 1860 signature series (Which has the most beautiful blueing job I've ever seen in my life!). My 1849 shot way high and was pretty inaccurate. It was probably me and not the gun, it just wasn't that fun to shoot in my opinion. I may get another at some point, when they start making them with a six inch barrel. Unitl then I'll probably get a .36 and I might even buy one of the little ,31 cal Remingtons, though the barrel is even shorter than the Colt 1849, but the barre length doesn't matter all that much anyway, it's the guy shooting the gun that makes the difference. I never could reason out why the little thing shot so damn hight though...I'm talking 18 inches or so!!!


June 9, 2006, 02:28 PM
Well the revolver is in transit here. I guess I'll use the side of the barn for a target. Now ups tells me any returns for any reason ( all firearms of any kind that also includes shipping for repairs ) have to be shipped overnight express. Forget that. It would cost a arm and leg to return it. But like the man told me its ups policy and FedEx the same. I'll just have to work with it until I find the right combination. The one good thing about this perticular revolver you can buy a drop in cylinder to convert it to a 32 S&W. Thank You

June 9, 2006, 06:11 PM
today is my lucky day) Ive been using one of my dad's tractors and shreddling
overgrown lots after work for some extra money to buy the dragoons and midway had them on sale so I bought two. So stand back and smell the powder. One is a Whitneyville and the other is a number 2nd model Dragoon . Yes I bought a tripod.

June 9, 2006, 07:04 PM
Edggy I have an 1848 ASM Baby Dragoon...historically correct it's an 1850 with a loading lever and square triggerguard. Shoots 4" groups at 10yd. Damn near took a rattler with it first time I hade it out...hell all Colts shoot High and Right. Kentucky windage son...HeHe! You'll like it...

The Sicilian
June 10, 2006, 01:05 AM
Good point Smoke but I was shooting it at 25 yards not 10 yards. I heard mec was getting awesome groups at 25 yards with his, but for a beginner like me it's not the best revolver to learn on, that's for sure.

June 10, 2006, 03:30 AM
It is UPS policy (and only UPS policy) that requires firearms to be shipped overnight. I've had repair work done on my firearms, and I 1. don't tell the common carrier (UPS, FedEx, etc. - NOT USPS!) specifically that it is a firearm and 2. I usually ship via "ground".

There is no law which requires you to notify common carriers when shipping a firearm. Some folks say that they will give you crap about the insurance money should something happen to it while in transit, but that's just up to you to decide.

Applicable law is 18 USC 922 (http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode18/usc_sec_18_00000922----000-.html). Read it for yourself.

June 10, 2006, 09:48 AM
Two things:

1) We are not talking about a "firearm" here, that is why folks like Cabelas can ship one to you without an FFL. So, if you have to return it, don't tell UPS or FedEx that is is a pistol and ship it ground, not overnight.

2) The conversion cylinders may or may not "drop in". I have an 1849, and had to have R&D fit my cylinder. They did this for free, and it took about two weeks.

June 10, 2006, 11:10 AM
Just wait until you go out and shoot the Walker and the 1849. Big difference!!
Then comes the REAL difference-tear down and cleaning. It is fun to do the Walker first then the 1849. The pieces/parts of the 1849 seem so tiny after handling the Walker's.

June 10, 2006, 11:47 AM
Not driving the wedge in too far is a good idea with the 31 (others too) as this can cause them to tie up. the big ones are really neat what with big screws and parts, they are significantly easier to take apart. With just a little luck, these bigger ones with their generous clearances are really smooth functioning.

Looking at the distances between the right side of the frame and the cylinder on an original colt generally reveals more clearance than on the replicas. When functioning needs improvement, bates does his best to make the replicas look just like the older colts in his collection. that, plus routine shooting tends to smooth them out over time.

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