It's so easy to load one, why take the cylinder out of the gun?
I use my 1851s in cowboy action matches several times a year. I am right-handed, and hold the gun muzzle up, butt on the table (or your thigh if you are out in the field) in my left hand. Put the gun on half-cock to allow the cylinder to rotate, then drop the rammer into one of the chambers to stabilize it. Throw a powder charge from a flask into the chamber next to the rammer, seat the ball, and repeat 4 times. (leave one empty for safety). Then put a smear of lube over each ball. Cap the five loaded chambers when you are ready to shoot. I can reload an 1851 in a minute, literally, without having to take the gun apart. Capping 5 nipples with a Tedd Cash snail capper may take another 20 seconds.
Sam Colt would have provided a loading stand or press if he thought you needed one!
January 7, 2011, 08:48 PM
Some of us PREFER to use a loading stand, that's why!
January 7, 2011, 09:18 PM
Best two I know of is the powder inc model (I have two of 'em. Been using 'em for years on .36 & 44 cap guns)
And Dick Dastardly's model. His came out after I had mine. Heard very good things about it!
Both are lifetime tools.
January 7, 2011, 09:26 PM
"Some of us PREFER to use a loading stand, that's why! "
No offense intended, Pard! Whatever helps increase your shooting pleasure, go for it.
I just don't like carting around more stuff than I need.
January 7, 2011, 09:51 PM
I have the same one that junkman mentioned. The RAI website lists them at $59.95; but he has listings on eBay for $49.95 (Buy It Now).
I use a loading press mainly because I have had arbors loosen over time loading 'on the gun' especially with a brass frame. I cast round balls using wheel weight alloy which is harder than pure lead and I've chamfered the chamber mouths of all my C&B revolvers, so it's no stress and no sweat to load the cylinders using a press 'off the gun'. ;)
January 8, 2011, 03:19 PM
Dick Dastardly offers the "Tower of Power" cylinder reloading stand which has plungers for 32, 36 and 44/45 balls as well as adjuting for different diameter cylinders and base pins. (Most cylinder loading stands available do as well)
They make the reloading of cylinders much faster, and if you have enough extra cylinders, you can preload them before going to the match and shoot the whole match without reloading cylinders. DO NOT CAP THE CYLINDERS UNTIL THEY ARE INSTALLED BACK IN THE GUN.
"I use a loading press mainly because I have had arbors loosen over time loading 'on the gun' especially with a brass frame. I cast round balls using wheel weight alloy which is harder than pure lead and I've chamfered the chamber mouths of all my C&B revolvers, so it's no stress and no sweat to load the cylinders using a press 'off the gun'. "
Thanks for the clarification. I use wheelweight home cast bullets in my cartridges, but I stick with pure lead balls for the cap and ball revolvers. You are right... a wheelweight ball may require considerable pressure to be seated properly in the chamber. If I had to do as you do, I would not load in the gun either.
Shoot well, Pards.
January 10, 2011, 07:53 AM
Thanks for all the information guys.
January 10, 2011, 10:36 AM
J-Bar, we lose sight of the fact that most folks don't shoot as much as we do.
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