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Are old British Tranters safe to shoot?

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Vladimir Berkov, Dec 28, 2002.

  1. Vladimir Berkov

    Vladimir Berkov Well-Known Member

    I really like the Tranter and Deane Adams designs, but nobody makes repops of them like most of their American counterparts.

    Would an original gun in good mechanical condition be safe to shoot (BP only of course, with a suitable lead ball)?

    They aren't too expensive, and many of the originals are in much better shape than the US revolvers of the same period.
  2. bfoster

    bfoster Well-Known Member

    Provided that the particular arm is indeed in good condition there is no reason not to use it. I really enjoy the use of older arms, as well as current arms.

    BTW, you may find that the revolver you select shoots best with a bullet closely resembling the original design rather than a round ball. Jim Goodwin of N.D.F.S. ran a business that provided moulds for antique arms for many years. Jim has retired and sold his business. His successors have a web site, but it is currently "down". You could either try later or try another source. Perhaps Walt Melander at NEI would be willing to help.

  3. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    If you slug your bore, I think Rapine bullet moulds in Pennslyvania will make one for you.

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