Originally Posted by lukeisme
I was shooting an uberti 36 cal 1851 navy for the first time today. I was shooting 20 grains of powder and it felt like it had no recoil and sounded weak. I know it had some because the caps fell off. So there are my two concerns. What is the correct powder load and the caps are #10 so are there smaller caps for these. I have no documentation from the manufacturer so I am guessing here. Any suggestions I would love to hear.
As long as you stick with blackpowder, it's virtually impossible to blow up a modern percussion revolver. The chambers in the cylinder only hold so much. Use a heavier powder charge if you want to, as long as you can still seat the ball properly on top.
I thought #11 caps were pretty much standard for C&B revolvers.... if a cap slides on/off too easily, you can pinch it out-of-round....
EDIT - I just thought of something that could be hazardous - it might be possible to blow up a C&B revolver if you don't have the ball seated all the way down on top of the powder. Air spaces are bad. I guess I should have said, "...it's virtually impossible to overload
a modern percussion revolver".