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Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by ClemBert, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. regniflow

    regniflow Member



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  2. Yamavira

    Yamavira Well-Known Member

    ROA & Cast Lee Bullets

    Have been shooting 0.457 soft lead cast balls in my ROA which has a modified cylinder enabling me to use nitro powder & s'gun primers.
    (see earlier posts for pictures)
    Lee have a RN lead bullet of 220 grains specifically for the ROA.
    What is the opinion of the forum to casting these bullets using lead recovered from wheel weights. Would it be okay or is the lead from wheel weights too hard. Not sure if they contain tin or antimony.
    Also appreciate wheel weights need a lot of fluxing to get rid of the dirt & rubbish.
    Would appreciate your thoughts.

  3. Patocazador

    Patocazador Well-Known Member


    If you look at the rifling in your barrel, it's very shallow. Shooting anything harder than pure lead (or close to it) would probably have adverse consequences for your barrel in my opinion.
    I don't use any bullets in mine that I can't scratch a line in with my fingernail.
  4. regniflow

    regniflow Member

  5. Jaymo

    Jaymo Well-Known Member

    Primer capsule kit arrived today. Many thanks to Doak. The workmanship is amazing.
    He's a LOT better on a lathe than I.
    It was like Christmas, all over again. When it stops raining, I'll take 'er to the hunting lease and test the capsules out.
  6. Yamavira

    Yamavira Well-Known Member

    ROA Centre Pin

    Have not yet bent the centre pin but wish to know if there is anyone making/retailing replacement Centre Pins for the ROA.
    I note that Midway stopped stocking them sometime ago.

  7. Rattus58

    Rattus58 Well-Known Member

    Don't do it. Roundballs are one thing encased in a patch, an engraved bullet is going to be next to impossible to load if it requries engraving going into your barrel or cylinder.

    My opinion is NO NO NO! Patched ball is no matter cuz the patch takes up the "windage" in the barrel.

    Much Aloha,... :cool:
  8. Doak

    Doak Well-Known Member

  9. Rattus58

    Rattus58 Well-Known Member

    Yeah... I ran across them on Cast Boolits... you could spend a whole saturday on them sites.... and do the weeds on sunday... after church of course... and brunch... after the visit to the yacht club... :)
  10. Aussie gun nut

    Aussie gun nut New Member

    Target rear sights for ruger old army

    Hi everyone I'm new on here & need to chase some much needed info, I've just recently taken up black powder target shooting using my ruger old army, I am looking for a suitable rear adjustable target sight that will help improve my shooting, another shooter recommended a LPA sight but can't seem to find one for the old army, I'm also in Australia which make getting black powder accessories a challenge , any help would be greatly appreciated

  11. rodwha

    rodwha Well-Known Member

    The way I understand it is that an Old Army will accept any sight for a Blackhawk. I don't think the newer or older model effects that ability, but I'm not certain about that. Anyone comment on that?
  12. robhof

    robhof Well-Known Member


    The ROA was built on the frame of the RBH old model and most parts are interchangeable. A friend of mine actually put a BH 45 barrel on his ROA and it works just fine. I've put BH rear sight blades on my ROA, after grinding the opening deeper to lower POI.
  13. rodwha

    rodwha Well-Known Member

    "...after grinding the opening deeper to lower POI."

    I have been thinking of doing this once I get a hunting load developed. My sights are bottomed out and it's still quite high at 25 yds, which is where I want them 0'd.
  14. Doak

    Doak Well-Known Member

    Got the same problem. Only remedy that's worked for me, so far, is to tongue 'n' groove an extension atop the front sight. This on a blued ROA. Stock ramp on ROA's is way wrong for a good front sight picture anyway.

    Stainless has a roll pin holding the blade in. Gonna see if it's easily removed, comin' up here soon. Anybody know?
  15. rodwha

    rodwha Well-Known Member

    I hear that it is. Been considering changing the front sight out to one with fiber optics. I'm not sure if I want to go that far though...

    While hunting from a tree blind I had a hog come in at dusk. It got so dark I couldn't make out the sights. I had to raise the rifle up to the skyline to align them and bring it steadily back down to put it through the chest. Since then I've wanted fiber optics, which i have on my side lock.
  16. Patocazador

    Patocazador Well-Known Member


    Because my SS ROA was shooting so high, I notched out my rear sight and used a drift punch to remove the front pin and put the front sight blade from my SS .45 Colt Blackhawk in its place. Ruger couldn't find a replacement for my Blackhawk so I put the original blade back on the Blackhawk and cut out a blade from 1/8" flat stock and drilled and pinned it in the ROA. I left it VERY tall and dressed it down to a manageable height. The 1/8" stock was a little under sized so I epoxied it in place and pinned it. With your machining skills (and tools) I'm sure it would be a piece of cake for you to do a better job without the epoxy.

    Last edited: Feb 8, 2013
  17. Doak

    Doak Well-Known Member

    Hey Thanks, Patocazador ~
    That helps give me a sense of what I'll be wadin' into. I think epoxy is a good idea in any case. Can always release it w/a little heat.

    I've never shot balls in my ROA's. I suspect, since they're lighter, they get down the bore faster, before recoil can lift 'em up as high as a heavier, slower bullet?

    That's the way I do it too. Make the blade too high 'n' work it down to match the bullet/powder combo.

    Yeah, piece o' cake...'til Murphy's Law kicks in. :-D
  18. CageDodger

    CageDodger Member

    I'm waaaaay late to the party but hopefully there's room for one more.

    Several years ago I decided I wanted a .45 caliber pistol. I saw a Ruger P90DC in a local pawn shop for $395. I was a perfect match for my Ruger P89DC. I shot it a few times but the cost of ammo was too high for my tastes. And it was too similar to my 9mm.

    Then I saw an Old Army for sale in another pawn shop for $425. As luck would have it there was a gun show that weekend. I managed to unload (pun intended) the P90 and used the money to get the Old Army. So I ended up with a .45 after all.


    I added a set of Corian appaloosa grips by Carey Chapman over on Ruger Forum. The case is made for a Walker or Dragoon. I also made a loading stand to make things a bit easier.


    I've heard of people bending a loading lever on the Old Army and there are no replacement parts available. How hard do you have to pack a cylinder to bend a loading lever? :confused:

    It would seem almost impossible to me. I don't seat a ball near that hard.

    The Old Army is easily my favorite of all my Rugers.

    Cage :cool:
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2013
  19. J-Bar

    J-Bar Well-Known Member

    Most of us bend the base/cylinder pin (not the lever itself) when we try to seat a ball without the locking screw being turned to the locked position. The cylinder pin pulls out a ways and then bends.

    So make sure the base pin locking screw has the pin locked into position before trying to load the damn thing!

    By the way, nice score on picking up an ROA at fine price. Nice case, too!
  20. BADUNAME30

    BADUNAME30 Well-Known Member

    VERY nice setup there CageDodger.
    Make it yourself ?

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