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Walker accuracy

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Cowboy2, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. Cowboy2

    Cowboy2 Well-Known Member

    What size groups should I be expecting from this gun? I'm not going to break the bank trying to dial it in with the perfect load, but I don't want to sell her short, either.
  2. Oyeboten

    Oyeboten Well-Known Member

    1 inch Groups at 25 Yards...
  3. kwhi43@kc.rr.com

    kwhi43@kc.rr.com Well-Known Member

    With a barrel that long I would be thinking more like a inch at 50 yds.
  4. Cowboy2

    Cowboy2 Well-Known Member

    Dang. Any of you using Triple Seven? What loads?
  5. arcticap

    arcticap Well-Known Member

    Last edited: Mar 16, 2011
  6. 72coupe

    72coupe Well-Known Member

    The guy in the video is an idiot. Wrapping your hand around the front of the cylinder is just asking for a trip to the hospital.
  7. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Well-Known Member

    Most guns shot a smaller group than the gun owner is capable of. Are you shooting free hand, from a rest or bags? If you are getting 5+moa you are doing OK, no. make that great!
  8. Cowboy2

    Cowboy2 Well-Known Member

    This weekend, shooting from a crude rest at about 20yds, I was getting fist-sized groups. I've never been a great pistol shot, so I'm more than willing to say at least an inch of that is me.
  9. Dellbert

    Dellbert Well-Known Member

    How much powder are you using? And how much would you tell someone that is new to the walker to start with? When I got mine home, and looked in the info book, it had something like 25grs black powder listed. I'm like, what the hack, in this pistol. I got info from another place, that called on 40 to 55grs, with most people getting good groups in the 45 to 55gr loads. I know it will hold 60grs, but why put it through that, and have to buy new parts in no time. Most guns have a load that they like, that another of the same make may not. With my S&Ws 41 and 44mags, you could dry fire those a little, thin with ear plugs in you could see groups improve, but can't dry fire these pistols.
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2011
  10. I'vd carried and used a Uberti 1847 Walker for a mighty long time. Laying here beside of me right now loaded all the way around. I use Triple Seven 3fff, .457 swaged round lead balls and #11 Remington percussion caps. If you're using TS3fff you can start out at anywhere from 35 to 40 grains until you get the feel for it. I use 48 to 50 grains....Now read this CAREFULLY and take time to do some thinking on it. It take's a long time to really learn how to use and handle a Walker... A long time....IF your Walker is properly tuned up and properly loaded and you have practiced and worked with it for a good year maybe 2, and 50 yards consistent accurate range is all you're getting out of that 9 inch pipe then you either better go get your eyes checked or throw the gun away and buy another one. I'm here to tell you plain out. I worked HARD with that gun for 2 years or better before I was willing to tell myself I knew how to shoot it. I'll tell you one more thing to. That Walker, properly loaded and properly tuned in the hands of someone who know's how to use it; well, let's put it this way. That sonofab**** will carry the mail and it will carry it a lot further than 50 yards, believe me....
  11. 72coupe

    72coupe Well-Known Member

    Gentleman of the Charcoal is right. In 1968 I was on orders to go to Vietnam and I decided I needed to learn point shooting. I had a very nice cased 1860 army replica and an almost new 2nd model Dragoon.

    I stood in my father in laws field and shot at a plow disk set up at 25 yards using both hands. After 30 days of shooting only stopping for darkness I was able to hit the disk with either pistol in either hand almost 100% of the time.

    With the Dragoon I could hit very near the post in the center of the section from the Southwest corner of the section. I could hit it occasionally but not what I would call regularly. This was of course using Kentucky windage/elevation.
  12. Texas Moon

    Texas Moon Well-Known Member

    I have the Uberti Walker.
    This one shoots best groups with 47-48gr loads of FFg, lubed wad, and round ball.
    It will do 1-2inch groups all day at 30yds with my bad eyeballs.
  13. Cowboy2

    Cowboy2 Well-Known Member

    I've been using the 45 to 48gr range of Triple 7. I guess I just need to practice more.
  14. Slamfire

    Slamfire Well-Known Member

    I have a Colt Signiture Series 3rd Model Dragoon.

    With Ox-Yoke wads, which did a great job of keeping the bore clean, I was amazed at the small group diameter I received.

    The greatest problem was the sights were regulated to shoot something like two feet high at 25 yards.

    With proper sights and a clean bore, I am confident that a cap and ball revolver is not inferior in accuracy to a smokeless.
  15. Cowboy, just don't give up. Just keep shooting when you can and keep working at it and then all of a sudden; there it is. You'll be happy, believe me. Might not ever do you any good but you'll be happy. Remember, like SlamFire1 posted just above about his 3rd Model your Walker will shoot high. Don't worry about that. You'll learn to compensate for that automatically without even thinking about it. It'll be drilled into you so well you'll do it on reflex..Have Fun and put some meat on the table....
  16. Cowboy2

    Cowboy2 Well-Known Member

    I love the gun, so there's no chance I'll quit on her. Oddly enough, it shot really high when I first got it (they're set for 75yds if I recall), but something changed, maybe the charge (I have no idea), but its only doing about 2" high at 15-20 yds now.
  17. Cowboy2

    Cowboy2 Well-Known Member

    Took the Walker back out, much, much, better results. Dropping them on top of one another at 15yds. I guess I just needed to focus a bit more.

    On a different note, its still only shooting about 1.5" high at that range (which is fine, I prefer it that way), but don't they usually shoot much higher? I swear this thing was firing 6" high at that range when I got it last year. I'm not new to shooting, I'm using the same sight picture. I thought maybe it was an odd batch of powder or something, but the chrono average said 1021fps, which sounds about right. It just seems odd.
  18. May be just you Cowboy, holding a little lower because you know it's a little high..Using Triple Seven 3fff? How much? .457's?....
  19. Cowboy2

    Cowboy2 Well-Known Member

    Same sight picture, 6 o'clock hold on a 2" bullseye. 45gr Triple 7, FFFg, .454 round balls. Its odd, but I'm not complaining.
  20. mykeal

    mykeal Well-Known Member

    It's entirely possible your grip has changed from what it was a year ago when the gun was new. A heavy gun like the Walker can easily change your grip and thus completely skew your muscle memory, which will result in a whole different orientation when you squeeze the trigger. That has nothing to do with the sight picture. Perhaps now that the gun's heft is a little more familiar you're doing a better job of holding still when the trigger breaks.

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