Revolver loading stand and ROA question


October 27, 2006, 01:51 PM
Dixie is out of stock and can't get any more. I call up to my local BP shop and they don't have them either. Said the two companies that sold the loading stand both quit.

I'm not a complete idiot around wood working tools. (just don't like 'em)
Someone want to make a copy of their loading stand and send me some dimensions?

What diameter balls do you use with a ROA ? .454 or .457 or?
I have .451 balls for my 1858 .44
I'm a little corn-fused

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October 27, 2006, 02:23 PM
I'm with you, MDan.... if someone will post some specs I'll take a run at making one too.


October 27, 2006, 02:59 PM
Dan the ROA shoots the larger dia balls .457

Gaucho Gringo
October 27, 2006, 07:33 PM
Hi. Thunder Ridge has the cylinder loading stand. It is here near the bottom of the page past all the revolvers.

October 28, 2006, 02:43 AM
M-D asked for a loading stand, not a cylinder loader.

He might WANT a cylinder loader, but if it the stand he wants, since Osage seems to have quit making them, here is a pic of one, adjustable to, I guess, fit ANY pistol.

I kinda like this one. You need dimensions, I don't have them, but take a measure of the barrell's length and use that scale for the rest.



October 28, 2006, 04:10 PM
See the post from 10/26/06 titled Loading and Display Stand by Motorcycle_dan:

I have one of the stands Dixie sells and I find it works well for everything from a Pocket Police to a Dragoon. Here are some pics:

Base is 6 1/2" long by 3 1/2" wide by 3/4" thick
Upright is 3 7/8" high by 3 1/2" wide by 3.4" thick
Front edge of upright is located 3 7/8" from the front edge of the base; if the upright is folded down it fits within the dimensions of the base.
The notch in the upright is 1 3/8" deep, the upper opening is 1 1/2" wide at the top by 7/8" deep; the lower opening is 1" wide at the top by 1/2" deep.
The notch in the base is 7/8" wide at the front and begins 5/16" back from the front edge of the base. It is 2" long. Depth iis 1/4" in the center at the front edge tapering to zero at the back edge and on either side.

Finally, try this site for a discussion on the various options for loading stands.

I also bought one of the Powder, Inc. stands mentioned on that site and have been very pleased with it as well. It is expensive, however, so it's a question as to whether it's really worth the money. I use it to load a Uberti Single Action Army rreplica that has a cap and ball cylinder as it does not have a loading lever. For that gun, it's priceless.

October 28, 2006, 08:56 PM
Don't know if there is one near you but I picked one up at Gander Mountain a couple of weeks ago. Happened to see it on a wall peg and grabbed it. It was labeled as a Traditions product.

October 28, 2006, 11:21 PM
Here's the Traditions stand, it looks the same as Dixie's:

October 29, 2006, 12:49 AM
Now, ya see. There is them who will look at that piece of crap, at something like 15 bucks, and say "Oh, Yeah, that's just what I was looking for!"

You got to be kidding. That IS a piece of crap.

The pic I posted, while not much more than adequate, and aesthetically not very pleasing compared to the ones Osage used to make, beats that one by a mile. Easy enough for most here to make at home, too.

If you like the Dixie one, get a Dinty Moore Beef Stew can and squeeze a point into one side, it will hold the pistol erect nearly as well. Cheaper, too.



October 29, 2006, 06:39 AM
You do have a way with words and concepts, George.
I have the one in the pic (the one that folds down) and it works great. I like it because I can fold it and tuck it away for carrying. Buy one and trace the rest...

October 29, 2006, 08:07 AM
Thank you, George, for your kind words. I also appreciate the fact that you took the time to provide the dimensions (...measure the barrel length and scale for the rest). It's good that you want to help others by making sure that they get a chance to use their deductive reasoning skills.

I do forsee a bit of difficulty using the display stand you suggested for loading in that it does not support the gun at the back of the frame, so that the force from the loading lever is reacted as a moment couple on the butt and the barrel. The upright post of the stand might thus become loose and wobble a bit. But, I probably don't understand how to use it correctly. So when that $15 POC wears out I'll go back and figure out how to use the display stand properly.

In the mean time, I'll keep using my POC it as it does fold up and fit in my accessories case for transport to the range. Say, do you suppose the reason it's stained brown is.... Nah. That would be too simple.

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