Curious about the several comments about a "full 40 gr charge", when the Dragoons should take 50grs. Mine has room left over when loaded with 50.
Mine takes a full 50 of Pyrodex with a little room left over; but accuracy suffers. 40-45 is my best accuracy, so that's what I usually use.
Um, why not just fix it? A heavier spring can be used, or some put a small stell ball bearing or piece of shot in under the spring to stiffen it up.
Haven't got around to it yet. I have like twenty other BP pistols to shoot and the Dragoon has only made it out to the range twice.