Hi Bob. Shooting BP revolvers can be addictive. I have many more Ctg. guns then BP for which I hands load. Learning to use the BP handgun properly is the difference. Like most black powder sports the use of the firearms is filled with BS short on facts.
The use of the BP handgun is really very easy to shoot and clean. Most of the articles on their use is based on what Grandpaw told me. Reading Colts Inst. from there orginal loading Info helps.
The early use of these weapons was based on shooting conicals not round balls. Colt never recomends lubes. The whole idea was for a weapon with the power to kill a horse. They were loaded with all the powder you could get in the chamber. They did not load grits or other breakfast foods over the powder. They did not gob pork lard in the chamber. They ate the grits with eggs fried in the pork lard and then went shooting.
I shoot a Sub Triple 7 under a Lee .456 conical tumbled in Alox. These 230 grs. bullets run 1,100 fps. and are very accurate in the ROA. You hold the cylinder under the hot water tap rinse it off. Let some hot water thru the barrel. Rinse with 92% alcohol. Spray a little WD 40 over the barrel & cylinder. Good to go in 10 minutes. Try it you will like it.