WHich do you shoot most?


April 22, 2012, 03:33 PM
Do you shoot a .36 or .44 cap and ball revolver the most?
Back when I first got started, I shot my .44 1858 Remingtons almost exclusivelly but since I bought my little .36 caliber Piettia Police, I got re-intrested in the smaller caliber and frankilly nearlly 75% of my shooting has gone to the smaller caliber with time well spent refining my loads for it.
Fortunatelly I spent enough time behind the big Remingtons, that I developed personal charges that work in my revolvers. I worked up plinking squib loads and found that fairly heavy 35 gr charges were the most accurate from the pair of Remingtons I own.
I ran .36 cal charges from 18gr to 25 gr and discovered that subtile differences such as 2 gr of powder really made a difference on group sizes. I ended up with using a 22 gr (measured for each chamber) powder charge being both the most accurate and giving the caliber a suprisinglly flat trajectory for plinking. The charge is so small that a pound of powder really goes a long way compared to the big .44s! The factory suggested load charts are really weird and are given in either grains or grams. Hard to decipher! Not being in a hurry to reload gave mer a chance to develop and record what worked best for me.
Many thanks goes out to responders on the forums for their answers to my beginner shooters questions! I learned a LOT!

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April 22, 2012, 04:24 PM
I shoot my .44 more than any other blackpowder gun, but as far as rifles go I shoot about 300-500 rounds of .22 Long Rifle every range trip so I guess it wouldn't be my most frequently fired gun. Then again I usually shot a bunch of ammo through my 1858 Remington converter that makes it into a .22 single shot pistol, that's another cool thing about my .44 that I like.


April 22, 2012, 06:04 PM
Do you shoot a .36 or .44 cap and ball revolver the most?

My answer to that question is I shoot the .44's more often, since 5 out of 7 of my C&B revolvers are.44's.

April 22, 2012, 06:31 PM
My match guns are .44s, so I shoot those the most.

April 22, 2012, 11:57 PM
I have 2 .22's [NAA's] four .44's, and five .36's at the moment, so I'd have to go with the .36's, unless you count cartridge sixguns.

DoubleDeuce 1
April 23, 2012, 01:44 AM
.45 Caliber pistol.:cool:

April 23, 2012, 05:58 AM
I only own a few .44 caliber revolvers & a .50 & .54 caliber Hawken "well close enough to a Hawken by Lyman" & I still put more down range through my .44 than either of the others.

loose noose
April 23, 2012, 02:47 PM
Remington 1858 in .44 caliber all both of 'em!

April 23, 2012, 06:57 PM

hang fire
April 24, 2012, 05:38 AM
What do i shoot the most? Uh, the breeze on ML forumes like here at the HR.

April 25, 2012, 03:15 AM
Well I do airsoft sometimes too, and those are round balls...

April 25, 2012, 07:55 AM
As much as I enjoy my 1861 replica Colts, I shoot my 1860s a lot more.

April 25, 2012, 08:50 AM
Recently I took my Remington Navy to the range along with my chronograph. With a 130 grain bullet on top of 22 grains of Pyrodex P. I was clocking that load at 921 fps average with a muzzle energy of 245ft/lbs. Thats .38 +P power. That has me interested in my .36ers in a whole new way.


April 25, 2012, 09:06 PM
+1 on the ROA

Fingers McGee
April 28, 2012, 11:24 AM
Primarily .36s. 1861 Navies, 1851 Navies, and 1864 CH Rigdons are my primary and back up CAS guns. Occasionally shoot 1860 Arrmies.

May 4, 2012, 01:55 PM
shot R O A's the rest Ive wasted......:D

May 5, 2012, 03:59 AM
Interesting! With FT/LB rates like that the .36 becomes a real "Fight Stopper"!
How was the recoil?
I have shot the 250Gr Lee .44 thru my 1858 and found the increase in recoil to be a real 'Knuckle Rapper" off the triggerguard!
I betthe .36 recoil dosent get uncomfortable and I bet it really feels GOOD!
I gotta try some of those!

May 5, 2012, 06:48 AM

Recoil was mild but with noticable muzzle flip. Kind of like shooting a .44 with a 25 to 30 grain load under a round ball.


May 5, 2012, 07:41 AM
My all time favorite C&Bs are the Pocket Colts .36 caliber.

Mine are 2nd Generation models (Pocket Navy and Pocket Police) with elephant ivory grips by Jerry Meacham.

Been shooting and carrying these guns since the early 80s. They have put small game in the pot, and "kilt" their share of paper targets and old tin cans...

4v50 Gary
May 5, 2012, 09:17 AM
Handguns. It's the ROA. I've yet to try my Ubeti Walker.

May 5, 2012, 10:40 AM
Just got back from the range with my 1851 Navy. Ran the same load I used in the Remington,22gr Pyro P 130 grain Lee conical crisco over bullet, and got very similar performance. Velocities were slightly lower but average velocities were between 850fps to just over 900fps with muzzle energies ranging from 210ft/lbs to 237ft/lbs. Still in the .38 special range of performance and still acceptable accuracy. Not that I'm trying to get tight groups, just trying not to trash my chronograph.


May 7, 2012, 09:22 PM
Without a doubt, .44's. Those are all I have in BP and I haven't been shooting the S&W 629 much recently, because the bassy boom and smoke from the Remingtons is so darn much fun; so that makes it pretty obvious.

However three weeks ago, my son decided that he wanted to go "shoot something" as part of birthday celebration; so we loaded up my Remingtons and his Pietta "gun that never was" '51 Colt in .44, along with the .44Mag and .357 mag revolvers, three .22 rifles and a couple friends, husband and wife. Once I had them going with the Remingtons, I was relegated to the .22's and the two S&W revolvers!

Even though the 4" 629 "Mountain Revolver" has the same drastic muzzle flip that it did 3 years ago, my ".44Mag flinch" has lessened considerably, so the BP revolvers have been doing what I hoped they'd do for me. However I still seem to enjoy shooting them more than the smokeless hand-cannons; even the best-in-class (IMHO) 30 year old K-frame .357!

I guess I'm well and truly "hooked". :p

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