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saviorslegacy 12-02-2010 01:47 PM

How can I improve the accuracy of my 1858?
My 1858 is not all that accurate. I use 15 grains of powder and shoot .45 balls to prevent a chain fire. What can I do to make it more accurate?

whtsmoke 12-02-2010 03:38 PM

what do you call accurate? what is it doing now?

saviorslegacy 12-02-2010 10:18 PM

About 30 feet back or so it is shooting around a 1 foot group. I can't figure out what the problem is.

whtsmoke 12-03-2010 12:39 AM

could be you are ussing thr wrong size of ball, are you using the reccomended size? try and up your powder charge to around 25 to 30 grains of powder and see how it shoots, 15 grains is way below the normal charges.

GNLaFrance 12-03-2010 04:17 PM


Originally Posted by saviorslegacy (Post 396043)
I can't figure out what the problem is.

Neither can we, because there's so much information you're not giving us here. Who made this revolver? When was it made? What brand balls? What is their exact diameter? What brand of powder? Is the barrel free of lead buildup? What are you using for lube?

orangello 12-03-2010 11:08 PM

You could stand closer to the target.

c3shooter 12-03-2010 11:43 PM

Load is WAY off. for a .45 cal revolver, a load closer to .40 grains would be appropriate. If shooting round ball, ball should be oversized- shaving a ring of lead off the ball when seating. Scrub the bore good if you have not. If shooting conodial bullets, use a decent lube on them. Are you using a greased wad under the bullet. What is your topping lube?


Hawg 12-04-2010 08:39 AM

If you're using 15 grs. of powder and no filler you have an air space between powder and ball. Not a good thing with black powder. Either raise your powder charges or use a filler. I use 30 grs. and .454 balls. Do not use any petroleum based lube in the bore or chambers. Doing so won't affect accuracy but will make an easy cleaning job hard. Either use a lubed wad under the balls or a vegetable based lube over them to keep fouling soft and help prevent chain fires. I think once you get rid of that air space you will find accuracy greatly improved. Black powder needs to be compressed. An air space creates a dangerous situation.

saviorslegacy 12-06-2010 04:18 PM

Sorry for the late reply.
It is a Pietta.

Yes, I have read the manual. It recommends a maximum of 15 grains. I have no idea why. I have been told by others that it is undercharged but I tend to go with what I have been told is safe. I tried 20 grains once and nothing happened, so IDK. If you guys and the other dudes are positive that it can handle a larger charger, then I might be up for an experiment.......

I shoot .454 balls.

I have set the balls down on the charge the best that I could.

Yes, there is lead build up after I shoot the revolver. At least, I think it is lead build up.

I have used a soy bean based wax to prevent a chain fire, but most of the time I shoot over sized balls to fix the problem.

GNLaFrance 12-06-2010 06:25 PM


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