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The RUGER OLD ARMY Club

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

  1. AbitNutz

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    Warning to all you who've read/heard all this before...

    I had them deepened by David Clements. He's about the only one to trust with an ROA. I also have a couple of Classicbalistx cylinders that hold a bit more than that...and the latest ones are better than OEM.

    I had this done because I pretty much shoot nothing but bullets. Bullets take up more room. Thus you need a bit of chamber length.

    I started shooting Biglube bullets and they work really well. Then I had Tom at Accurate mold make a couple to my way of thinking. Essentially a Biglube with a much larger meplat. Then I sent it to Erik at Hollow Point Mold Service and had them converted to a HP. So I get a bullet designed to seat easily in the cylinder, doesn't slip under recoil, holds a bunch of lube and since I still use soft lead...expands really, really well. With the added capacity and the fact the big HP cavity lightens the bullet up...it spits out of a 5-1/2" ROA at about 950FPS with a max load of T7...confirmed by my chronograph.

    T7 can really be compressed. Which is exactly what you shouldn't do. It says to only use firm pressure. It's like cotton when you push a ball/bullet down on it. Compress it a bunch and it becomes inconsistent. Not dangerous. Just a bit loopy from shot to shot. You can't blow up one of these guns no matter how much you stuff into it. I use an off gun loader with a positive stop so the bullet is loaded EXACTLY to the same level every time.

    But...just for kicks...and it does kick. I smooshed 50 grains of T7 under a RB. Yes, you can do it with a Classicballistx cylinder. I believe it left most of the soft lead ball in the barrel...no idea how fast it went. A completely pointless exercise that I only did a 5 more times.

    But I bet you could see the flame and smoke from orbit.
     
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  2. BowerR64

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    So what caps do you guys use ont he stock ROA nipples?

    Thinking about shooting it this weekend.

    So far what i can tell the Remington #11s seem to fit best of what i have.

    I have Rem #10 and #11 and i have CCI #10 and #11


    If i remember right the CCI #10 was to small wouldnt fit, CCI #11 was loose fell off
     
  3. avatarshots

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    Bower on mine, #11's fit perfect
     
  4. avatarshots

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    I forgot to mention they're Remington #11
     
  5. Patocazador

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    The majority of ROA owners use Remington #10. This has been discussed many times on THR. Rem. #10s definitely fit both the OE and TOTW replacement nipples well.

    All #11s I've tried (Rem, Win, CCI) were loose.
     
  6. avatarshots

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    I disagree. 11's fit perfect on mine. Maybe I'm the exception, but I doubt it
     
  7. rodwha

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    Rem #11's needing pinching, and CCI #11 mags often needed 2 strikes. My Remington caps were old so maybe they've changed them since then.

    I put ToTW nipples on mine and had the same problems as above, and found Rem #10's to fit perfectly. ToTW states their nipples are designed for standard (non magnum) CCI #11's.
     
  8. BowerR64

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    I didnt try the #10s i figured they wouldnt fit that would be nice to keep everything to one size.


    Thanks
     
  9. raa-7

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    Is there any room left in the club ? I got my Ruger Old Army today. It's a stainless one. Not a good picture, my daughter is the photographer in the family. I sold an old Ruger many years ago, and today I'm reminded of how well built they really are ! 100_1375_zpsb450668b.jpg
     
  10. Patocazador

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    Glad to see that you've regained your sanity. ;)

    You'll love the heck out of it.
     
  11. AbitNutz

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    Proof that inhaling clouds of white smoke can impair your judgement...thus Pickett's charge.
     
  12. raa-7

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    Now I'm waiting on the rb mold which should have been here but I think they had bad weather from where it was shipped.
     
  13. avatarshots

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    Getting ready to break in MY new ROA this weekend :)
     
  14. BowerR64

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    Same here maybe tomorrow!
     
  15. raa-7

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    I have to wait for my rb mold to get here. Hopefully today and I'll cast a bunch.
     
  16. avatarshots

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    BowerR64 wish you were in Cali. It would be awesome to see 2 ROA's smoking up the range LOL
     
  17. Patocazador

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    I just scored a polished, never fired ROA frame in the classifieds here. I have spare cylinders and grips so in about 10 days I should have me another gawd awful wonderful gun. :D
     
  18. avatarshots

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    Good score!
     
  19. AbitNutz

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    Just for clarification. I mentioned that Classicballistx cylinders were made under contract by Kirst. I think that may imply that they are in some way part or a subset of Kirst. That was not my intent. Classicballistx is not owned or or part of the good people at Kirst.
     
  20. Constrictor

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    What are these old army's going for these days? I see in the classifieds here one for 1k and 1.5k crazy! I bought my limited edition engraved roa for $350 in 2010 at Tulsa gun show.
     
  21. Patocazador

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    Constrictor, I just paid $30 more for a frame. I'll buy yours for the same if it's for sale. ;)
     
  22. BowerR64

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    Yeah no one at my range smokes the place up more then i do lol

    I dont think ive been up there with any other BP shooter. Maybe a few guys shooting rifles but it clears before they fire again.

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  23. avatarshots

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    I'm getting my 2 prize possessions ready now to go blow some smoke. The ROA, and the new 49 year old "1960" Centennial 1860,, which for all practical purposes is really the first 2nd generation Colt. And little junior .22 mag, who wants to be a .44 when he grows up LOL
     

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  24. Psycho

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    Polished Liberty Model Old Army

    I don't think Ruger had a polished version of their 1976 stainless steel liberty model so after acquiring one, I took it upon myself to tear it down for a month and a half and slowly hand polish it. I'm more than happy with the results and after having it polished for a few months now, I decided to add some Rio Grande American Spirit grips to really give it the bicentennial/patriotic look. The end result is below.
    IMG_20140308_152607_357_zpsuq7ox2ol.jpg
     
  25. avatarshots

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    Psycho you created a work of art!
    Well done!
     

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