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md1911 02-16-2012 06:36 PM

bp 44 revolver
Can anyone tell me what the best way is to keep a piatt 1858 new army. From jump fiting

orangello 02-16-2012 06:57 PM

I don't understand "jump fiting".

I have a Pietta 1858 NMA replica. Timing? I can't help with a timing issue, but others here probably could.

dgaf333 02-16-2012 07:21 PM

jump fiting?

md1911 02-16-2012 07:47 PM

Sorry for the typo. I mean jump firing were multiple rounds fire at once. I have heard its a problem

orangello 02-16-2012 07:51 PM


Originally Posted by md1911 (Post 710705)
Sorry for the typo. I mean jump firing were multiple rounds fire at once. I have heard its a problem

If you are talking about a "chain fire", I haven't had that problem. I use a lubricated "wonder wad" under each round lead ball and make sure all my caps are tight and secure on the nipples. If there is a tight-fitting ball over a lubed wad up front and a secure cap on the back, there shouldn't be a way for a spark/flame to get to the powder.

Some people use a bit of crisco (vegetable shortening/grease for cooking) or bees wax or some mixture on top of the lead ball as an additional step to seal out spark from the front (and allegedly to soften the fouling), but i have yet to see the need for that. I think that is more of a historical kind of thing, like using a powder horn.

I do find it helpful to measure my powder and put it into 6 used/empty .357 mag cases and to lay out 6 balls to prevent confusion during loading. My nephew loaded two balls in one chamber somehow (actually twice in same reload).

md1911 02-16-2012 08:42 PM

Thanks chain firing is the term I was looking for. I use the prelude patch. I had just heard it was a problem

orangello 02-16-2012 08:56 PM

I'm not personally familar with the "prelude patch", but i haven't been shooting BP for very long either. These are the ones i use:

When i think of BP patches, i think of the big but thin lubed patches i put under the ball on my .50 caliber sidelock pistol (single shot, like a cut down BP rifle). I think that is more to make sure of a tight fit with between ball & rifling.

I guess the only real difference on these is that wonder wads are thicker than wonder patches...i wonder.

I have had a cap fall off a nipple before; that scared me when i saw it. I also had a "dud" cap the first time out with my 1858 replica revolver, spooky.

md1911 02-16-2012 09:56 PM

Been there I've owned bp for years but they were all single shots muzzle load my son picked up the 44 for me at a yard sale 10 bucks

c3shooter 02-17-2012 12:16 AM

When you load a revolver, you use a slightly oversized bullet. When the rammer pushes it home, you want a thin ring of lead shaved off all the way around the ball- snug fit. Lubed wad under ball, grease on top.

JD1969 02-17-2012 01:00 AM

Any BP revolver could chain fire, but all the steps the other posters have listed are a good way to prevent it. FWIW (knock on wood) I've never had a chain fire, I've been shooting BP off an on for 15 years. As C3 said, make sure you shave a ring of lead. I use wonder wads, but I don't put any grease on top.

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