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My Ruger arrived Today!!!

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by The Sicilian, May 25, 2006.

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  1. The Sicilian

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    Got you Ron...I understand.

    My Ruger arrived this morning!!! Beautiful gun...everything was fine with it, though MC was right about some minor pitting on the loading lever. I took it to the range today and it was an awesome experience compared to shooting an 1858! The Old Army is just a superior weapon, hands down. My first or second shot was a perfect bullseye!

    One problem with the gun though...for some reason or other...after shooting it for awhile...the hammer would not set off the caps on the first trigger pull, I had to start hitting them all a second time...a real bummer. I though maybe the BP was fouling the nipples so I did a quick cleaning, no go, it still wouldn't ignite the caps properly. Later on I cleaned the nipples again...near sunset...and the gun started to shoot properly...or hit the caps properly. I'm using number 11's - CCI.
    Does anyone know what might be going on? Why would things be working fine one minute then go all wrong the next? Maybe I caught a bad batch of caps?

    I'm going to the range tomorrow to see how she handles, I'll give you a second report when I return. By the way, this Old Army just wouldn't stop shooting, the fouling didn't affect the gun at all! I think I could shoot it over 100 times without even noticing any cylinder bind-up. Amazing!!!! I was using real black powder too! No synthetics at all. I was shooting at 25 yards also and it shot perfect...not high or low...perfect...I must have gotten really lucky. Only problem is the caps not going off properly and I don't have a nipple wrench for it yet. I've heard that the older models had weird sized nipples...maybe that's the problem. I'll have to order me some newer nipples and see what happens.

    Any suggestions would be very helpful. Man am I glad I decided to get a Ruger! What an awesome piece of hardware!!!

    By the way, my Ruger is from 1973...approximately. I'll need to call up Ruger to get an exact date. Oh yeah, I loaded a ball without putting any powder in the chamber! Looks like I finally busted my cherry! I got it out with a very thin drill bit. I just oiled the chamber a little bit and hammered the drill bit into the ball...then I slowly worked it back and forth, until I could wiggle it out of the chamber mouth...I got lucky! Especially not having a nipple wrench!!!

    Take it easy fellas,

    -mario.
     
  2. Howdy Doody

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    Congrats on your new ROA. Your having to hit the caps twice most likely is do to the caps not being seated on the nips all the way. As the residue from the caps builds up it does get harder to seat them all the way. I have had my best luck with #10 remington caps on mine. I never had much luck with CCI or RWS caps.
    The reason ROAs keep shooting is due to the cylinder bushing. That keeps the crud off of the cylinder pin. I like to give mine a drop of Breakfree forward of the bushing and at the rear down the cylinder at one of the slot areas. I do that every couple of cylinders shot. I don't even put bore butter or anything else except the Breakfree on the pin.
    Are you using lubed wads? You should either do that or put a little lube on top of the balls. It helps keep the fouling soft and accuracy up when shooting the real BP. A couple powders make their own lube, like APP and Goex Pinnacle, but they are subs and you will get no flames, but adequate smoke.
    Shoot it up and have some fun.:)
     
  3. Duncaninfrance

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    LUCKY SOB!

    Congrats on your ROA Mario, sounds like it is more fun than s*x :D
    Not sure about the cap problem but perhaps if you seated them with a leather tipped dowel it would be better. I now use Remington #10 and I like them much better than CCI but I can't get them in France so I have to ask people coming over from the UK to bring some.
    NOW - don't wear it out!!
    Duncan
     
  4. Manyirons

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    Duncan!

    Ifin ya can take a minute from havin yer naughty bum caned (Tha MANN MADE me write this i SWEAR!!!!!)

    Relax, he's got somthin Ruger in the works for ya!

    And he also asks, didya move ta Frogland cause tha Dominatrixes/Dominators are cheaper by tha hour? (Says he'd beat me just fer tha excersice!)

    Hoo Booy! Ya DO know I'm kiddin and I really AM yer buddy and love ya like a brother?

    (Now tha KRAUT on tha other hand)
     
  5. MCgunner

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    Perhaps the nips need replacement, might be worn? I use CCI #11s and the caps always seem to go bang. I even make my own out of beer cans and roll caps and they go bang.

    As far as the pitting on the loading lever, you could just buy another loading lever. Not sure how much they are and it might not be a big deal anyway. Sounds like either someone put a taller front sight on the gun or you got lucky with the sight regulation. Good deal there! The accuracy of those things is just truly amazing. Mine'll out shoot a lot of cartridge revolvers I've owned. That accuracy and a good amount of power make these things SOOO useful in the field, a cap and ball you can actually hit a rabbit at 30 yards with. :D They're definitely worth the price of admission. I play with mine at 50 yards all the time, put up a circle about the size of a hog's head or a deer's vitals and blast away from field positions. :D
     
  6. The Sicilian

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    Thanks guys...any more suggestions?

    I think the nipple cones must have been dry fired and I need to get some new ones, no big deal. You can't see any mushrooming on the nipples themselves, but there might be just enough to stop the cap from fitting on the cone properly. I love this gun!!! I've heard the the first run of nipples on the Old Armys were a little odd-sized back in the beginning, maybe that's the problem. I'll just have to double hit them with the hammer...to bad for me. I'll have some new ones by the beginning of next week. Going to the range today! :D

    -mario.
     
  7. Duncaninfrance

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    Manyirons

    Now then good buddy, does this mean that you are back on the forum and the web? If so I will PM you later. As for the move to France - well, I have not had time to check out the quality of abuse from the pros but as I am constantly being abused by my good lady, at least I am saving my money!
    Tell Jule he does not need the exercise from what I hear but if he is THE boss then he IS the BOSS :uhoh:
    Duncan
     
  8. BP Hunter

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    I've had that annoying problem with my ruger old army. When I first took it out, it shot every single time and i shot it 24 times that single day. Then after that, I had to hit the cap twice with the hammer before it could fire. I have to admit, alot of onlookers were wondering why that "neat looking gun" kept on misfiring. It was emabarssing to say the least.

    I've been using #10 CCI caps. And the solution I found was to push the cap deep into the nipple with a dowel. It would still misfire once or twice.

    I bought an R&D conversion cylinder and have loved the revolver even more. At least it fired evrytime I pulled the trigger. At 15 feet, using 250gr Black Hills Ammunition, I was grouping at 1".
     
  9. arcticap

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    Different caps?

    Not all caps are sized exactly the same. The old discontinued green & white tins of Remington caps were always oversized to the extreme. I still shoot their #10's on #11 nipples and they work great.
    Some brands vary by minor spec's but that may be enough to make a difference. When nipples are oversized, you can at least attempt to smooth them down a very little bit in the right place, and you'll still be able to use them as back up nipples after you get your new ones.
    It sounds like you found an accurate shooter! (But you've got to get that wrench);)
     
  10. Tight_Wad

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    I've replaced all the nipples on both my Rugers with Ampco beryllium nipples from DGW http://www.dixiegunworks.com.
    Part number for the Ruger is NP1092 - they look and work great, and they're not expensive either. Will most likely last forever.

    Tight Wad :)

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  11. The Sicilian

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    Fixed my problem guys!

    I just swaped my Remington nipples (Uberti) with the Ruger stock nipples and they seem to fit fine and work great. Only a proper range test will really prove that they work, but they go off fine at the house. Looks like I don't need a wrench now!:D

    I'll still have to order another set of nipples for my Remington, but since I need to do a little work on the 1858 the timing is perfect. I need to get a large brass punch and whack the hell out of the front sight. Uberti must have pressed it on with way too much pressure. Three people have tried to move my front sights and all have failed. I just sprayed it tonight with some sort of break free type stuff. I put some in a plastic bag and rubber-banded it to the barrel. Maybe tomorrow or Sunday I'll put it between a vice and try hammering it in the proper position. The Remington has a sweet trigger and when benched it shoots one inch groups. After the front sight is lined up properly it will be a hell of a good revolver. A buddy of mine said my Ruger might need a little minot trigger work, so that it feels as sweet as my Remington. I'll have to shoot it a little more and see if I agree.

    It really sucked, shooting the Ruger at the range yesterday. I had to hit every cap twice before they would go off. I shot two hundred rounds, and you may as well say four hundred, considering I had to hit each cap twice. That means I also held twice as long...and I shoot duelist style so it really wore out my arm. I need to get some larger grips for it also, they're just too small for my hands. A friend of mine has some nice ergonomic grips for his Old Army and they're very comfortable. Shooting with an uncomfortable grip has to effect accuracy, don't you think? At least if you're shooting for long periods of time.

    -mario.
     
  12. Duncaninfrance

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    HEAT IT UP

    Mario
    Try heating the sight up with something like a hot air paint stripper gun then cooling it quickly OR freezing it then warming it quickly in hot water. That might loosen it up and save some damage with a brass punch.
    ..whack the hell out of the front sight.
    Sounds a bit drastic to me :uhoh:
    Duncan
     
  13. arcticap

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    I don't think I'd freeze it, but putting the barrel tip & sight in boiling water sounds like a good idea.
     
  14. Third_Rail

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    arcticap, where are you getting Remington caps? I've checked a few places in my area, no luck. I'm not too keen on paying lots for shipping, either, or I'd order them.
     
  15. Duncaninfrance

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    I don't think I'd freeze it,

    I don't mean for hours, just long enough for it to get cold and allow the metal a fraction of movement when it heats up again. Heat then cold was the way I used to take steering joints apart when I was young and poor:banghead: Come to think of it - i'm still poor but less spots!!
    Duncan
     
  16. The Sicilian

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    I talked with some guy from Bass Pro last week and he said to hit it very lightly with a propane blow torch. Same principle as what you're saying, though your method sounds a little safer Duncain. I soaked it last noght, it's still soaking in that break-free type spray stuff. I'll see if that works first, then move on to heat and cold if the break-free stuff fails.

    -mario.
     
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    sicilian at least if ya have a bad day at the range ya can stop on the way home and enjoy some crab cakes , and a cold brew all from the same stool ..
    Good buy on the Ruger .. wish i could find an older unfired one .. was wondering about the nipples maybe being dry fired on .. did ya check the hammer face and see if there`s an impression of a nipple in it .. bought a display remmie like that once ..had to replace all the nipples and stone the hammer face back smooth .// but for the price was a good deal .
     
  18. The Sicilian

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    Nipple cones are fine Sundance and there is no impression on the hammer face. I've heard that the first couple of years Ruger produced the Old Army the nipples that came with those early models were odd sized. A little bit bigger than a number eleven percussion cap. Apparently they have fixed this problem with the younger Old Armys, but the older ones with the original nipples seem to be prone to problems. Could be that some of the nipples were just machined wrong, anything is possible.

    The Ruger I bought was not unfired (I wish) and it was not 98% like the gun seller said but I'm still happy with the revolver overall. An Old Army target from the early seventies for $345.00 seemed like a fine deal to me. Now that I've replaced the nipples I should be good to go. Next visit to the range will be for precise zeroing in. I want to adjust the sights specifically for how I hold. I've heard that benching it isn't the best way to zero it in if you shoot off-hand. Anyone know if this is true or not? I figure I should adjust the sights freehand, the same way I shoot the revolver.

    I've bought out every local gun shop's supply of .457 round balls and now I only have a few left after shooting last Wensday and Thursday. I'll probably have to wait until my next shipment arrives, I ordered five boxes of Buffalo round balls and five boxes og Hornady round balls. That should last me for a little while. I need to get casting supplies so I can make my own. I'd probably save quite a lot of dough if I made my own ammo. I haven't had a nice crabcake and a cold beer since last summer, I guess I'll have to make some for Memorial day. :neener:

    -mario.
     
  19. ROAshooter

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    Have been shooting a Ruger Old Army[SS] since 1976......my favorite handgun.
    When the 5.5 length barrel was intoduced...I bought the first one available.
    A blue......with the same problem....caps needing to be hard seated .....or double snapped. A tip I have not seen anyone mention..is to shim...just a bit...under the "shoe"... that seats the mainspring in the gripframe.
    This will crank up the hammer tension...just a little..which cured my issues with the caps not wanting to fire off...
     
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    Sicilian i always do my sighting in from a bench rest ...because if i`m holding right and i uasually am for at least the first 2 or 3 shots free hand ... i get much worse soon there after ..and i wouldn`t want to sight in with some of my poorer shots .. after all if i were hunting or useing it for portection i would take advantage of any stationiary object around ... and when i miss i want to know its me and not the pistol . and uasually when i sight one in anyone can use it and shoot it well , but i`m sure if i were shooting a match grade pistol in serious matches off hand .. i would do my sighting in off handed .. ( good price on the Ruger i`d snap one up myself quick for that price )
     
  21. The Sicilian

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    ROAShooter,

    I thought about the mainspring earlier I just didn't know how to make it a little stronger to set the caps off. Pretty interesting idea that worked! :D I'm happy with my fix, besides, I'll probably just sand the original nipples down so they except the number 11 caps properly. The problem is definitely in the nipples opposed to anything else, including the mainspring. At least your idea worked for you. Still though, don't you find it hard to put the caps onto those larger nipples? I think getting a new set of nipples with a standard nipple wrench is the better way to go but if you don't have anything available at the time the mainspring shim is an excellent quick fix.

    Sundance,

    It's going to be a hard decision for me, whether to bench it or to free-hand it. I think I may bench it and go from there, adjust it too my hand after it has been benched, you know? That way I'll be starting from a known point. I just got a good cleaning rod and some brass jags and brushes and I can't believe how much easier these guns are to clean vs. having a piece of crap cleaning rod with only the needle type accessory.

    Out of curiosity, how much pitting does it take to start afffecting the accuracy of a rifle or pistol? I've been lucky in buying used guns at this point but I should really know what to look for in the future or know how much pitting is exceptable in an older firearm or antique that i plan to use a a shooter. The used guns i have already bought were in very good condition (Thank YHWH!). I also need to get some good screw drivers and tools for doing my own repairs.

    -mario.
     
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    Aw i forgot its been so long since i handled a Ruger cap & ball you`ve got adjustable sights .. yea i`d bench them in to POA and tweek `em to free hand fireing ........haven`t bought anything in a long time thats had any pitting in the bore .. i do remember cleaning up an old muzzle loader with some rough spots in the bore with a cleaning jag and some 00 steel wool and wd 40 .. seems like the more i shot it the better it got with the patches doing some lapping for me ......well at least when you bench it you`ll see what it is gonna do as far as grouping that will tell how much damage there is . Those Rugers are suppose to shoot a mighty fine group .. i `d bet it still shoots a pretty good group ..and will probally improve .
     
  23. The Sicilian

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    My Ruger is in great condition, no need for any special bore treatment. I'll keep what you said in mind though, never can tell when I'll need to do what you recommended. The Ruger is a shooter for sure and as I get better the groups will get closer and closer (I hope! :banghead: ). Shoooting a pistol is a lot harder then most people think, especially at any distance, even at 25 yards. After all of this practice with my 1858 and my Old Army a rifle should be a piece of cake to shoot! :D At least at 50 and 100 yards. Anything longer will take some learning and practice, I'm sure. I bought myself a Hawkin's 50 cal a week or so ago and it is a really nice looking piece of hardware. I'm eager to take her for a spin but I need to buy some ammo first. I think I can use some 3F even though it's not a pistol, is that correct? :scrutiny:

    I think I might buy one of those Pietta or Ubert (Probably Uberti now that I think about it) 1873 Colt's - Black Powder of course. Have any of you guys seen them yet? They're very nice looking and they shoot black powder, what more could a guy ask for? :D The Piettas go for arounf $295.00 and the Ubertis go for around $350.00, though the prices are supposed to go up because of our weakening Dollar. Most of these replicas come from Europe and the Euro is killing the Dollar. As a matter of fact the dollar will probably go bust fairly soon. If anyone has been keeping up with things you may have heard about the Russian Ruebble becoming a world-wide currency like the dollar. People no longer have to use dollars to buy oil now. This is really going to hurt our economy. Countries all around the world are dumping American currency as fast as humanly possible. Take some good advice and buy gold guys, it's insurance in case the Fed decides to devalue our currency again, like back in 1933. A doller went from being worth a dollar to being worth something like ten cents - overnight. Gold is a proven store of value that is debt free and recognized as such all over the world.

    -mario,
     
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    1873BP Uberti

    Uberti 1873BP w/ Loading tool Shipped $290...BP date great shape:
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  25. The Sicilian

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    Excellent!!! :what:

    How do you like it Smoke? How much did you pay and who made it? What diameter ball does the gun take? Will there be a converstion cylinder available for the 1873 BP? Man! I need to get me one and fast! :cuss: :D

    Does it shoot high and how is the action? Any trigger creep, does it feel good in the hand and does it point well? I've got about a thousand more questions so I hope your taking notes:scrutiny: :neener:

    One more question: Does the cartridge ejector work or is it just for show?

    Pretty cool...pretty neat.

    -mario.
     
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