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How to get started?

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Ed3, Dec 27, 2004.

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  1. Ed3

    Ed3 Member

    Nov 5, 2004
    Harpers Ferry
    I have a $170 credit at a local gunshop that I need to use. I'm very interested in shooting a BP revolver. Just plinking or target shooting with my son. What's needed to get started and what's a typical outlay for a useful setup? Since this has surely already been covered a steer would be appreciated!

  2. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 19, 2002
    Hi Ed,

    Suggest you do a search for threads here in the BP forum where member Gatofeo (uglycat) has written up how to use a BP revolver. Sorry but I'm working on my chapter on Post Civil War sharpshooting.

  3. mhdishere

    mhdishere Member

    May 28, 2004
    New Jersey
    It's a few years since I bought a C&B revolver, so I won't address prices, but here's what you'll need in a nutshell:

    1) The revolver itself (duh!)
    2) Appropriately sized round-balls for #1
    3) Appropriate grade BP, pryrodex, etc for #1. FFFg for BP, P for pyrodex granules, don't know for Pyrodex pellets, never used 'em.
    4) Powder measure, preferably adjustable
    5) Chamber grease, Crisco or wonder-wads to prevent chain fires
    6) Appropriately sized caps for #1
    7) Cleaning rod, lube, jag, etc if you don't already have them.
    8) Nipple wrench and pick for disassembly of revolver and clearing the nipples between shots.

    Some newbies are intimidated by clean-up, no need. Hot water works best, I usually add a little Murphy's oil soap to it but that's just me. Hot water makes it dry faster.
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