Good to hear you got out to shoot the smoke wagons. My last time out was the first time in too long. When my TOP loading stand shows up i'll be going out again.
I too found the Pietta 1858 and the Uberti 1860 being hard to manage after a few cylinders so I spritzed them with some Windex/Ammonia and wiped and they were back in action. Kind of a pain but it works. Using the TOP loading stand, the cylinder is out of the gun anyhow so no big deal in the future.
Ah yes, the ol' dirty hands on the wheel and the smell of rotten eggs in the car on the way home. "Honey, can you wash my jacket" before i go back to work tomorrow.... Haha.