Range report 1851 navy


August 4, 2008, 12:27 PM
Hello all; The gods were smiling on me yesterday cause i finally made it to the range with my new bp pistols. Well I think there might just be some thing to what the fellows are sayin about prefering the ubertis over the piettas.I bought a brand new Pietta 1851 navy .44 in new silver finish , sure is pretty, anyway after only two cylinders i started having timing problems that resulted in having to conclude firing this gun for the remainder of the day. the cyl. lockup slots on the cyl. became so burred up that the lock wouldnt fit into the slot any more and the hammer would not go to full cock. So other than deburring the cylinder slots does any body have any suggestions? im tempted to take it back to the smith I bought it from , but i get the jist they dont like to take back bp stuff.

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Mike 56
August 4, 2008, 12:51 PM
Sounds like you might have a piece of cap in the action. Tear it all the way down and clean and oil it. If you raise the muzzle slightly and tilt the gun to the right every time you cock the gun this can help get rid of the spent caps.


August 4, 2008, 01:26 PM
yes I had that thopught too. but I did tear it all the way down when I cleaned it and alas that was not the problem. It seems as though when the hammer is pulled all the way to full cock ,the cyl. is still approx. ten degrees befor top dead center.

August 4, 2008, 01:36 PM
I have one of the Pietta 1851's and have shot it probably 100 times with no problems.

Mike 56
August 4, 2008, 02:29 PM
Check the bolt stop and the hand spring. If you need parts http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/product/standard-item.jsp?_DARGS=/cabelas/en/common/catalog/item-link.jsp_A&_DAV=MainCatcat602007-cat20817_TGP&id=0006186214052a&navCount=2&podId=0006186&parentId=cat20817&masterpathid=&navAction=push&catalogCode=XJ&rid=&parentType=index&indexId=cat20817&hasJS=true


August 4, 2008, 02:37 PM
Don't mess around with it. Take it back to the dealer.

August 4, 2008, 02:41 PM
Is it just me or does that Cabella's replacement parts kit look like it is for a Remington 1858-63?

Neat idea, but does not have a screw I need and cost more than the three parts I do need for "The Clunker."

Oh and no new photos of the same.

-Bob Hollingsworth

Mike 56
August 4, 2008, 02:57 PM
I did not notice that they are Remington parts. But that is a good price for Pietta parts. I bought a Colt and Remington parts set. Dixie sells screw sets i think they are 19.00.


August 4, 2008, 03:00 PM
Most likely problem is a broken hand or hand spring. Or a weak hand spring, which you can fix by bending the spring back into place.

Another option for parts is VTI Gun Parts, Inc.https://www.vtigunparts.com/ab2240000Equick/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=67&cat=Pietta+1851+Navy+%2E36cal%2C+%2E44cal

August 4, 2008, 03:43 PM
Many Thanks to all; Upon my return to the ranch this evening I shall investigate the matter further.Allthough I do have one more question ; it appears the pyrodex p has stained the finish. any thoughts?

August 5, 2008, 07:54 AM
In the June issue of "The Cowboy Chronicle" a feller writes an article about tuning Pietta revolvers. He flatly states that Pietta bolts are thicker than the slots. So that could be your problem. You'll have to recut the slots, then grind the bolt down a bit.

August 8, 2008, 05:27 PM
take it back or get it looked at. i have a pietta 1851. Same exact thing. every time i take it to the range it outshoots every gun i have. Accuracy is the best ever too. So for sure id say thats not a common issue but you need to get yours repaired replaced or something

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