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Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by kingmt, Mar 1, 2010.

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  1. kingmt

    kingmt Member

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    I am looking for a cheap BP revolver to try out as it will be my first. I have wanted to get one for years. I remember the put it together kits that I think it was from Cabela's. Are they still sold & where would be the cheapest place to get one?

    I know I say cheap a lot but I'm not sure I will even like shooting it so I don't want to put much money in it. If I do enjoy it I will buy things like molds & other possibles later.
     
  2. robhof

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    For a trial use, you might look on the gun auction sites for a good used, check the sellers rating and if possible read the reviews of previous buyers. I have 4 and all were bought used, although 2 were unfired with all the papers and boxes. If you think you'll keep it; go with a steel frame, the brass are usually cheaper, but are less durable and used may be junk.
     
  3. SixShootinSam

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    The cheapest place to get them is probably still Cabelas, and they have a good return policy if something isnt right.
     
  4. RyanM

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    Looks like this is your best bet, while it's still on sale.

    http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/t...&parentType=index&indexId=cat20817&hasJS=true

    Hopefully that huge link will work.

    I checked kits on Dixie and a couple other places, and every steel-framed kit I saw was the same price as that (especially since Cabelas is doing free shipping on orders $150 or more until the 9th).

    Definitely don't bother with anything with a brass frame.
     
  5. vulture

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    That one at Cabelas isn't a bad deal. You can find some for a little less money on the auction sites and I've gotten three of them that way and all were in excellent conditon, a little finish wear but in perfect working order. I paid an avarage of $160 plus shipping, which ran about $20, so for $180 I got a real nice steal framed black powder revolver. If you don't want to go through the hassle of bidding and then waiting to see if you win, being outbid and having to start all over again then I would just go with one at Cabela's and have done with it. You could pick up a box of round balls for it, a tin of caps and some pyrodex and give it a good workout. They can be a hassle to shoot compaired to cartgridge revolvers, but they are unique and great fun. Good luck.
     
  6. don3

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    Bought my last one used in a gun store. People buy to try, don't like and trade in or receive one as a gift and really don't want it.
     
  7. kingmt

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    Thanks for the advice. I was looking at the brass ones because I liked the look but I will stay away unless I decide to get a wall hanger.
     
  8. oldpuppymax

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    Another brass-steel conflict. Brass is perfectly OK if you use reasonable loads. And as this guy wants a "cheap" pistol, brass is the way to go. I've shot enough .44 rounds through my 1851 brass cheapie to know that brass is every bit as serviceable as steel if lite loads are used.
     
  9. ClemBert

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    I think no collection is complete without some CSA brassers. However, light loads are no fun. Not enough smoke and boom IMHO. Avoid brass until you have enough steel and need to complete your collection. Why have to worry about light loads when with steel you have more flexibility? Its hard to beat those Cabelas deals.
     
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    The only failure of my brass frame '51 so far has been the STEEL wedge!
     
  11. BCRider

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    The CHEAP way to learn more about BP revolvers would be to tell us what town or city you live in and arrage for someone that already has some in your area to take you out and play with them for an afternoon. Since you'll most likely be using his powder, balls and caps lunch and brewskies at the pub afterwards is on you as repayment.

    So... what city/town/hamlet/wide spot in the road do you live in?
     
  12. kingmt

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    I live in Mason, WV, USA. Your idea sounds great since I don't even have a powder measure anymore.
     
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    It shouldn't be to hard to find someone to shoot with. You'll find out pretty quick if you like the shoot, reload, reload, reload routine. It's a slower pace than cartridge revolvers and a lot of fun.

    Cabela's is one of the best retailers for your first purchase, excellent return policies.
     
  14. arcticap

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    There's a large muzzle loading outfit named Cain's Outdoors in Williamstown, WV that's located 50 miles away from Mason that sells a lot of revolvers including the Traditions/Pietta guns and also the Uberti Walker for $345 which is a great deal. Plus they stock all of the shooting supplies needed.
    Contact them at 1-800-445-1776 about visiting their store to look over some revolvers in person.

    http://www.cainsoutdoor.com/shop/product.asp?c=0&l=Revolvers

    http://www.cainsoutdoor.com/contactus.asp
     
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    Bcrider has it right. Wanting to get into muzzleloading on the cheap is kind of like being a little pregnant. It's far better to try someone else's gun and kit than accumulating all the stuff you need to shoot just to experience it..............not everyone likes the smell of burned sulfur.
     
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    Kingmt:

    I live in Athens, OH. Be glad to have you over
    to shoot sometime. There's a free range about
    3 miles from my house.
     
  17. kingmt

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    Thanks for the invite. It is warming up so I might have to take a ride that way.

    The gun, caps, & bullets is all I would have to buy to shoot a few times. I reload so I could weight out the charge, I have powder, & dish soap so The possibles isn't the expense I was concerned with. The gun its self is what I don't want to invest a lot in. I have shoot muzzle loader so I know what the smoke & smell is like. I have also shoot revolvers & large caliber guns. I have always wanted to try Cap & Ball revolvers though. I like the idea of trying the ones of others. It would even be nice to try out a few to learn the differences in them. That way if I do decide to get pregnantI will know what I'm looking for in a daddy.
     
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