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Pietta 1858 Question

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by rdstrain49, Dec 10, 2010.

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  1. rdstrain49

    rdstrain49 Member

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    My Pietta Remington (new) has an interesting quirk. With the hammer at half cock, the cylinder and loading ram don't line up. Seems to me that the hand must be a bit too long, and is rotating the cylinder just a bit too far. Have any of you guys experienced the same condition and if so did you fix it and how? Aside from that, the Pietta shoots better than I had expected. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
     
  2. rcflint

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    There is no reason for the cylinder to line up at half-cock. Turning it back against the hand in a SAA Colt or other cartridge single action (usually) aligns the ejector rod, but not the bore and chambers, and that is where your "58" is stopping when the cylinder is turned back against the hand.

    To load a cap & ball revolver, you continue to turn the cylinder clockwise until you manually align the rammer, hold it in line with your fingers and load it there. The cylinder will not be against any mechanical stop, and it should not be, as any mechanical stop, the least bit out of line, would make loading difficult and possibly damage the gun. The cylinder should spin freely in a clockwise direction, but will stop against the hand if turned backwards. Don't do that.
     
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    A quirk to you is anothers normal procedure. You will learn, grasshopper!
     
  4. rdstrain49

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    So, the answer is, "this is normal"?
     
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    At least you catch on quick!
     
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    Yes, it's normal.
     
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    OK OK, my bad. I looked at my Colt clones, and they too behave in a similar manner. It has been a very long time since I fussed around with C&B revolvers. Apparently some if not all knowledge has been lost to the ages.

    At least I woke you guys up:)
     
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    No problem at all.
     
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    Coal burners are the most fun;)
     
  10. GENTLEMAN OF THE CHARCOAL

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    Pietta '58's are fine firearms especially after some tuning up and customizing. I guess one can buy a bad anything. I have several Pietta '58 .44 Armies. I haven't really had them that many years and only use one of them but they shot pretty good right out of the boxes. I had a lot of work done on all of mine along with my Cattleman's carbines (just got through paying off the gunsmith a few months ago) so I can't really make a definitive statement in just popping up and giving an opinion other than to say I really like the design and the balance and handling of them. I still hang mostly with my Uberti '47 and my Uberti '49. I know that after I learned about my Cattleman's carbine I liked it so much I bought 2 more from Cabela's just in case they quit making it for some reason....
     
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    *Chuckle*

    I just ran into the same issue on my 1860 clone a week ago at the cowboy shoot. I wanted to index on the stop one before the blank chamber to then go to full cock and lower the hammer as per good loading procedure on the empty nipple. I thought the gun was broken until at some point in all my fumbling I went to full cock and it indexed correctly. A huge sigh of relief and chalked yet another one up to learning.

    I'd never noticed it before on the Remingtons due to the top strap hiding this situation from me.
     
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