Second Best?


September 15, 2006, 06:50 PM

In terms of caplock revolvers, the Ruger Old Army seems like the most accurate that I have shot. This viewpoint is one that many of you may share with me. But what blackpowder revolver would you rate as the next best in terms of accuracy and reliability? I ask this because I may purchase another caplock revolver for Christmas, and I certainly value your input on this issue. Thanks in advance for your advise.


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September 15, 2006, 11:49 PM
The Remington .44 NMAs are accurate, dependable, tend to foul up (on me anyways)...great gun.
When you get into the Colt replicas, you gotta deal with the wedge/barrel/frame connection, which can be a tricky weak spot.
I have an 1836 Paterson with an unattached loading lever, which is an interesting way to have to load a gun - you gotta separate the barrel and frame to load it, but loading is quick and efficient, and, dang, that gun is accurate. Little more work to break it down, clean it and put it all back together.
The 1851 .36 Colt, or the 1860 .44 Colt, are both great, depending on what caliber you want (the 1860 .44 is beautifully balanced).
The 1847 Walkers are in a class of their own - big, noisey, heavy, smoky, powerful, but accurate as heck. They tend to swallow spent caps that cause some problems, and eat powder like an old 442 eats gas.
The 1862 .36 are not (for me anyways) an everyday shooter, due to the small loading lever, but they look great, shoot high, give a good bang.
I have an 1861 .36 Colt (Signature Series) that shoots as great as it looks. Accurate, well balanced, spits spent caps out like a semi-auto.
Two guns I want but don't have yet - 1849 .31 and a Ruger Old Army.
So, as far as answering your gotta get one of each.

September 16, 2006, 02:34 AM
Sorry Tim but I concider the 1858 New Army number one as far as replica revolvers go, more over if you can get an original. So my answer would be two part.
1)1858 New Army Euroarms/ASP, Uberti, Pietta
2)see choice number one

September 16, 2006, 07:48 AM
a great many of them have more accuracy than I can use. this was shot at 50 yards from a fairly steady field rest and might have been smaller from a pistol rest or something. Its a Uberti as are all my full sized replicas and most of them shoot very good groups.

September 16, 2006, 09:51 AM
Most of the battle for second place will be the usual Uberti / Pietta 1858 or 1860 debate. Not many people do but I think 2 nd spot should definitely go to the:

Rogers and Spencer revolver!

Better built and very accurate. Check out Dixie.
Happy shooting!

September 16, 2006, 08:32 PM
I appeciate all the responses I have received so far. When I started this thread, I knew there were plenty of experienced blackpowder shooters here that could help me make an informed decision about my next caplock purchase. Thanks once again.

More than a decade has passed since I have fired a blackpowder gun, so the information you experienced shooters give me is really appreciated. Do not be surprised if I try to pick your brains again in the near future for some more advise. Be safe.


September 16, 2006, 09:06 PM
Questions are the best way to learn. I have been shooting BP for over 10 years, but I have learned from this site, and hopefully helped by sharing what I have discovered too.

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