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Hoppes Ethan Allen Pepperbox

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by commygun, Apr 29, 2004.

  1. commygun

    commygun Member

    Dec 27, 2002
    Lewis County, WA
    After years of keeping my eyes peeled for one, I found an unfired Hoppes
    Ethan Allen pepperbox for $100 at the last Centralia, WA gunshow.
    Whoo-hoo, I take back all the unpleasant things I've said about this
    sadly declining gun show. For anyone unfamiliar with these this is a
    six-barrelled, single-action, .36 caliber pepperbox that I think is alot
    nicer than the four barrelled, double-action Classic Arms pepperbox.
    Could someone tell me what the appropiate ball, patch and powder
    load for a gun like this would be? I don't know if I'll ever shoot it but
    I'd like to have the information so I can have the proper materials
    on hand. Thanks
  2. Tinker

    Tinker Active Member

    Apr 20, 2004

    I couldn't tell you about your six barrel pepperbox, but I do have one of thos Classic's 4 barrel. I hate it. I've never been able to get it to fire reliably on 2 of it's cylinders. Tinkered with this, and that, did this,did that and still no dice. It shoots nicely for short smooth barrel when it does deside to ignite.

    One thing I can tell you is about is projectiles and patch. I used home cast .350 balls with a real thin material I stole from my wife's sewing stuff. I think it's called batiste fabric. That and some homemade patch lube.

    I have another Classic Arms revolver (?) in .36 called the Twister. It works quite well. But, it only has 2 bores. Only had to work on the nipples a little to get it to fire #11's reliably.

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