What size balls for an 1860


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double bogey
February 4, 2013, 09:22 PM
I have a CVA 1860 from the mid 1980's. It was my fathers, he has passed and I would like to shoot it but don't know what size balls to get.

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Smokepole14
February 4, 2013, 10:08 PM
Depends on caliber for 44, .451 .454 or .457 for 36 caliber .375 .380
I assume yours is in 44

Ifishsum
February 4, 2013, 10:21 PM
.454 is probably the most common size for .44 repros, so I'd try those first. You want them large enough to shave a ring of lead off the sides when you ram them into the cylinder. If the .454s go in too easy and don't shave a complete ring, you should use the .457s; if they seem way too big try the .451s.

Fingers McGee
February 4, 2013, 11:32 PM
What Ifishsum said. Other than my ROAs, I use .454s in all my .44 cal percussion revolvers.

double bogey
February 5, 2013, 01:40 AM
Thanks, I'll pick up some .454's tomorrow.

Gatofeo
February 11, 2013, 12:58 AM
Go with .454s. It's all I've used for decades. Simplifies things to have one size ball for my .44s.
I don't own a Ruger Old Army, or I'd be using .457 balls, or casting my own of around .460 inch.
For my Remington and Colt repros, .454 works fine.

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