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blackpowder777
January 1, 2009, 08:32 PM
ok i got and old .36 cal black powder revolver thats been siting in a humid room for 16 years never been used before if i cleane is it safe to use becuse ive herd that they have a bad tendency to blow up and if it is safe to shoot how much black powder should i use also is it ok to lode the gun with the hinged ramrod attached to the gun without having to take off the clinder and use a loder stand thx for reply adn read

Daryl
January 2, 2009, 03:28 AM
As long as the revolver is in good working order, and isn't all rusted up, it should be safe to shoot using black powder.

If in doubt about the condition of the revolver, take it to a gunsmith and have him look it over for you.

For the load, look up BP loads in a good book, or look online. Check several sources to verify the information, since many folks don't load such things all that safely. Be sure to look up the load for the bullet you intend to load, since different weight/type of bullets will use different amounts of powder.

As far as loading the revolver using the attached rod, it's going to depend on the condition of the revolver. If it's in good shape, it should work fine. Check with your gunsmith if in doubt.

Daryl

Hawg Haggen
January 2, 2009, 07:19 AM
It won't blow up unless you try to use smokeless powder in it. If you don't follow precautions it may chain fire. A little crisco or bore butter on top of the balls or a lubed felt wad under it will prevent that. 15-20 grs. of bp and a .375-.380 round ball and some #10 caps and you're ready to go. The ball should shave a lead ring as it's loaded. The loading lever will work fine. That's what it was made for. Cleanup is with hot soapy water. Do not use any petroleum based lubes anywhere it can get into the bore or chambers or you'll turn an easy cleaning job into a real chore. In the action is ok but only vegetable based lubes anywhere else. Coat the cylinder pin with bore butter or crisco before you start shooting and you should be able to fire three or four cylinders before you have to clean it off. Fouling will make it hard to turn. I've heard Pam works well on Remington pins but not too well on Colt. I haven't tried it yet so can't say from personal experience.

Fingers McGee
January 2, 2009, 12:31 PM
It won't blow up unless you try to use smokeless powder in it. If you don't follow precautions it may chain fire. A little crisco or bore butter on top of the balls or a lubed felt wad under it will prevent that. 15-20 grs. of bp and a .375-.380 round ball and some #10 caps and you're ready to go. The ball should shave a lead ring as it's loaded. The loading lever will work fine. That's what it was made for. Cleanup is with hot soapy water. Do not use any petroleum based lubes anywhere it can get into the bore or chambers or you'll turn an easy cleaning job into a real chore. In the action is ok but only vegetable based lubes anywhere else. Coat the cylinder pin with bore butter or crisco before you start shooting and you should be able to fire three or four cylinders before you have to clean it off. Fouling will make it hard to turn. I've heard Pam works well on Remington pins but not too well on Colt. I haven't tried it yet so can't say from personal experience.

+1. Can't add any more than that.

arcticap
January 2, 2009, 03:27 PM
When shooting, always keep your hand away from the front of the loaded cylinder. If it chain fires, your hand will be at risk.

Hoss Fly
January 2, 2009, 08:00 PM
When shooting, always keep your hand away from the front if the loaded cylinder. If it chain fires, your hand will be at risk.

Gawgd- nuther dreaded "chain-fire addict" :eek:

Wat Hawg said BTW :rolleyes:

LHB1
January 2, 2009, 08:49 PM
No capitalization and no punctuation deserves no reply.

arcticap
January 3, 2009, 04:43 AM
At least he's very polite and said "Thanks". :)