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Video - Round ball vs Conical performance series Part 2

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by duelist1954, Apr 14, 2012.

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  1. duelist1954

    duelist1954 Member

    Mar 9, 2011
    Central Pennsylvania
    This is part 2 of a three part series comparing the performance characteristics of various projectiles shot from a Colt style 1860 Army cap and ball revolver. In this series we will measure the accuracy, velocity and muzzle energy and penetration of round ball versus conical bullets. Part 2 will consist of the performance test of 220-grain conical bullets.

  2. AbitNutz

    AbitNutz Member

    Dec 28, 2008
    I guess this is why I only shoot BigLube 150gr and 210gr. Anything worth doing is worth doing to excess so I had Eric at Hollow Point Mold Service make 3 of the 6 cavities in each BigLube mold to hollow points. For whatever reason, the HP's are more accurate.

    I use my RCBS lubrisizer and always use my loader. One thing about RB is that they're a breeze to load. As the man said, conicals can be problematic to the point of maddening. You must have a loader. I have it down to the point where I can't imagine using the on gun ram. I do not use wads or grease over the cylinder.

    I was surprised at how much the 1860 jumped around. It may be my imagination but my 5-1/2" ROA with a Power inc billet grip frame and custom grips seems to have less muzzle flip...even when I use 40gr (the cylinder has been deepened or I'm using my Classicballistx) of 777 and 210gr bullet.

    Disassembling the ROA to get the cylinder out is a no brainer and if someone would make a HAND TURNABLE release pin...it wouldn't even be that much.

    I guess I'm just a real advocate of conical bullets. For me, there is just no contest....your mileage may vary.
  3. Pulp

    Pulp Member

    Aug 30, 2007
    Valliant, OK
    Seven jugs is huge penetration. A lot of modern handgun self-defense ammo will not do that. Probably because they are made to expand and stop to avoid over-penetration.

    Looking forward to video #3.
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