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Gun Data for the Day – Day 52

I have a serious jones for one of these, if only because it’ll give me one more old gun to clean.

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  1. John in Philly

     /  July 30, 2015

    Sometime in the mid 70’s I took advantage of a great sale to buy a pair of 1860 .44 Army cap and ball revolvers made in Italy. A lot of fun to shoot, and a lot of work to clean. My father and I were on the range and tried to empty both as fast as we could and since there was not a lot of wind that day, we pretty much shut down the range for a while.

    My father was a machinist and he fitted target sights to a Remington cap and ball. That pistol was strong and a very accurate shooter.

    Mostly because of the work in cleaning, none of the black powder guns in the safes have seen the light of day in a very long time.

  2. Got a Navy Arms 1860, and an 1846 Pocket, and an original Colt, by the serial number made in 1866.

    Next time you’re in Tennessee head over to Union City, Turner Kirkland’s heirs are still in business. (I spent little time at their booth at NRAAM, but the Missus made a point of stopping there.)

    • I need to just go on a road trip. There are so many people and shops I want to make contact with but can never get away.

  3. John in Philly

     /  July 31, 2015

    Daddy Bear,

    I watched the videos again, took some notes, and summarized my thoughts. I sent you an email as it turned out I had more thoughts than I thought I had.

  4. c-90

     /  August 2, 2015

    strip it completely down to parts, dump in a bucket of hot soapy water, and scrub each part to get the black powder/faux black powder residue off. rinse in hot clean water, and dry carefully *or* for the lazy put on a gun only cookie tray and bake at 350 for 10 min your over (except the wood grip). then wipe with oily rag and reassemble. And when you shoot it, it’s a good idea to load a chamber and top with a nice grease to keep the residue moist. a can of crisco works great. hint: in your shooting bag a really small jewelers screwdriver for picking the bits of copper from the percussion caps, they tend to cause a hammer jam.
    also the nipples on the cylinder need a pipe cleaner soaked in hot soapy water to get the cap fouling out of the hole. it’s corrosive.

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