how do i load my 1860 44cal.snubnose


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pappy1947
October 18, 2008, 03:59 PM
HI ALL

hi
i am a new member just joined i am from new york and i have always loved rifles and pistols. i am especially into older type like winchesters and wwII . i recently found a martini henry .450 but i am hesitant about buying it because of the problem in getting the ammo for it. i do have an 1860 new army 44caliber snubnose black powder. i purchased from cabellas . it is brand new never used . if anyone can give some info on how to load it i would appreciate it::) i have asked many people but no one was sure. even a few gun stores were not to confident.

thanks
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scrat
October 18, 2008, 04:14 PM
first you need to figure out what caps you are going to need. most take #11 caps some do take # 10. Its easy to go to a gun shop and have them match the nipples to the caps. if not get the #11. if they are a tad big you can pinch them to make them tight.

before you load make sure the cylinder is clean. i use alcohal on a qtip.
so thats #1
#2 take 6 caps and put them on the nipples and fire the gun. this will make sure the nipples are clean and kinda charcoal the inside.

#3 you say 1860 army so i am going to suggest use 20grains of Goex black powder. you need to use a black powder powder measure. pour from a flask into the powder measure then pour into each cylinder.

#4 If you have them use some felt wads and insert in each cylinder.
#5 place 1 round ball on the cylinder and use the loading lever to pry down the ball until it meets the powder.

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Old Fuff
October 18, 2008, 05:15 PM
If I understand correctly, this is a snubby (short barrel) with no loading lever assembly. You can buy a special loader, where you remove the cylinder from the revolver and load it on a seperate stand. Then cap the chambers and go to shooting.

An alternative would be to buy a loading lever assembly, of the kind used on longer barreled guns. Attach it to the barrel, load the chambers in the conventional manner, and then remove the lever before shooting.

Frankly, I think a lot of these guns either end up unfired, or are fitted up with a metallic cartridge conversion cylinder. :evil:

scrat
October 18, 2008, 05:25 PM
Same here. the loading stands would be the best bet. unless you just buy a regular 1860 then you can load both cylinders at the same time.

Old Fuff
October 18, 2008, 05:28 PM
... unless you just buy a regular 1860 then you can load both cylinders at the same time.

Now there is a thought... :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :D

Mike 56
October 19, 2008, 12:12 AM
Before i bought my bench loader i would bench load with a short starter.

Mike

1858rem
October 19, 2008, 12:28 AM
i was jus thinkin that, i have some 250g 45's i like shooting in my 1858 but wont fit under the ram so i just drop the cylinder an use a short starter to load them in lol:evil: i guess he could do the same:scrutiny:

Smokin_Gun
October 19, 2008, 12:45 AM
This is one way pappy, and welcome to the forum... http://www.possibleshop.com/ramrod.htm


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