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Old 01-13-2012, 10:09 AM   #1
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I purchased online GunB...er, NIB, steel frame, .44cal Questions is: Did the Navy/Army make a .44cal that year or was it only in .36cal?

Also, I've never shot a BP revolver and I'm getting two different recomendations on cap#, how does a #10 or #11 sound? The manual doesn't state cap size only fffgpowder and weights, from 17grains up to 25grains.

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Old 01-13-2012, 11:52 AM   #2
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Typicallythe service with those refers to thecaliber- and the Army model was 44 cal. The Navy model was 36 cal (See, the Navy wuz wimps even back then.... ) and Traditions has both the .36 Navy and the .44 Army.

Standard cap is pretty much #11 cap. You can find #10s, but you will need to hunt for them. A #11 squeezed slightly will fit on a #11 nipple. Check owner's manual when you get the gun.


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I got this for Christmas and no were in manual did it mention size of caps. I went on line and it said to use #10 caps. #11 will work if you crimp it.

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The 1851 in .44 is a modern fantasy piece. Pietta is the only one still making those. #11 caps pinched before you put them on will work if you cant find 10's

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Thanks for the picture 007, it looks just like the "kit" I purchased for $200. One thing I'm finding out about BP is, a person needs an abundance of caps/primers to clear gun and keep firing balls down range.

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Guys, I don't shoot BP revolvers (only because I don't have one) buy I want to point out something I keep hearing, and that is that there is a chance of a chain fire with pinching the caps. I don't know how true this is, but many rumors and myths have their basis in a truth.

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I have no idea how pinching a cap could cause a chain fire. Failure to use an over powder wad or lube over the ball may result in a chain fire, but the only thing pinching the caps will do is make them fit tighter so they won't fall of by accident.

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thdrduck has it right. I put a few rounds thru mine yesterday.

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Hey that's great. I did point out that's hearsay. I just wanted to share it, just in case. I didn't see how it was possible myself...

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I have no idea how pinching a cap could cause a chain fire. Failure to use an over powder wad or lube over the ball may result in a chain fire, but the only thing pinching the caps will do is make them fit tighter so they won't fall of by accident.
Crisco works on top of the balls to prevent chain fire. The lead balls in the gun not your balls.
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