I've burned many a pound of Goex via cap and ball revolver, muzzle loader rifle, muzzle loader shotgun and S&W Mod 19. Yep its a hoot to shoot. But beware the residue invades every corner of the gun, insides too. The residue contains salts which will rust a gun quickly with just the moisture in the air. So EVERY time you shoot it, completly disassemble, every screw, spring, and metal thingy on the gun and wash it with hot water, dish detergent, more hot water, scrub it, wash it rinse it, dry it dry it dry it oil it, put it together and oil it some more. This is not being fanatical, just real.
There's a lot black powder cleaning recipes out there. Just remember black powder residue is water soluble. Smokeless powder is oil soluble. Don't use smokeless solvents on black powder.
I look at shooting black powder as an educational experience. I get well educated in firearm dis- and re- assembly. Its good to know. And its part of the hobby. I enjoy working in and on guns.
November 21, 2006, 11:58 PM
November 22, 2006, 12:16 AM
I did that once too. After a couple dozen rounds, the cylinder wouldn't turn anymore! Had to wipe the front of the cylinder down with muddy water from a nearby puddle to get it to work again. Good times.
I just did trial and error until I found a load that would be just barely compressed by the bullet I was using (158 grain Berry's plated hollowpoints). 4x Goex. No chronograph, but felt recoil was a bit lighter than some standard (non +P) .38s I made with the same bullets.
Make sure you wash out the cases with water too, if you plan on using them again. Otherwise, they'll turn all green inside.
RON in PA
November 22, 2006, 02:30 AM
Ryan, your revolver froze-up because you were using non-lubed bullets, you need special bullet lube for black powder cartridge shooting.
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