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44 cal blackpowder revolver loads ?

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Have a 44 cal brass frame replica 1858 cylinder-enclosed  revolver.. also have some FFg powder & .440 lead balls . What I don't know is the amount of b/p to charge the chambers. The balls weigh 184 -186 grains . Any idea where to find info ? Thanks !

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This is the Traditions 1858. Go to support files and you will find the manual.



I have one made by Pietta ( all steel ) and it's the most accurate handgun I own. With the .454 ball and 30 grs. of 3f it would stack them on top of each other if I could.

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If I remember correctly, the recommended Pyrodex charge for my 1859 copy exactly fills a chamber level full.

Not sure if black powder is the same or if this is a coincidence.

These hog legs are a blast to shoot, and surprisingly accurate, but cleaning them well enough they won’t later corrode is nearly impossible.

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I used to really enjoy shooting these black powder revolvers. I had one I had made from a kit. There wasn’t much to it really, just assemble and finish the grips, but it was a lot of fun. Like gregintenn  said, cleaning was pretty tough. I found it was easier to have a big pot especially for cleaning full of boiling water, put the pistol in and then spray it down with WD-40.  

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