Originally Posted by Hawg
Ok heres the deal. Historically .36 is the Navy caliber, .44 is Army. Pietta makes what they call a .44 51 Navy. It's a gun that never was, even the Confederate brass frames were all .36 caliber. Most of the Pietta .44 Navies are brass. These should never be used with conversion cylinders or full black powder loads. They won't blow up but it wont take many rounds to beat the brass frame up and stretch it beyond use.
I would love to get my hands on an original; but, that is a price out of my range.
I purchased them for some additional range time enjoyment and try to get the wife into it as well.
Conversion cylinders are a no-no; however, will pick-up a spare cylinder down the road. No intentions on using full loads, nor using the prepared black powder. I look at Cabela's, those powder loads for the .44/.45 are running 30 grain pellets - too high. Reviewing the manual indicates max 15 grain.
I am going to the range in the morning.