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Old July 6, 2012, 01:54 AM   #1
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Greetings!

I got interested in black powder when I turned 18....more than twenty years ago. But you know how it is, job, marriage, kids, college...they all got in the way but the thought remained. Finally, I got my first...a Pietta 1860 Army.

I'm going to pick up most of my accoutrements tomorrow and have a basic question. I have a pound of Swiss (low and behold you CAN get the stuff in CA!) and the guy said that it shoots about 15% harder than Goex. So what spout should I get? I was thinking of using the 24g that the flask comes with for the Swiss and then picking up a 30g for the Goex...or should I just use 30g for both?

Since I'm introducing myself, I might as well share a pic of the new revolver as well as my other hobby....straight razor shaving The razor is a George Wostenholm from the same time period as the '60 and was rescaled in buffalo horn. Shaved with it tonight as a matter of fact!

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Old July 6, 2012, 06:17 AM   #2
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The 1860 is my personal choice also. Great pistols!
And Welcome to the forum!
I only have Pyrodex available in this area, so I can't help with your question about that.
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Old July 6, 2012, 07:36 AM   #3
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Welcome!
I'm a fan of the 1860 myself as well. Just be prepared to expand the collection once you start shootin that feller. I'm a goex guy myself, so I can't help with the powder question, but welcome just the same.
And btw, that is a fine lookin razor you've got yourself there!
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Old July 6, 2012, 08:21 AM   #4
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Welcome aboard!

Where in CA? Asking as I'll be flying at Edwards AFB for the next two months, and will be cap and ball shooting in the desert weekends. Always happy to have someone join in. Drag your revolver and bag-o-possibles out to the Antelope Valley and have a blast. I'll have my 1858 Remmie and a Walker handy. BP is available locally as well.


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Old July 6, 2012, 10:12 AM   #5
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Indeed..welcome....

You can't go wrong with the 1860 Colt....

Or an 1851 Colt, in .36..... or .44

Or a Dragoon or Walker,

Or an 1858 Remington.
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Old July 6, 2012, 10:13 AM   #6
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Ummm.....

Or a Spiller and Burr or Rogers and Spencer.



Or an ROA..
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Old July 6, 2012, 10:15 AM   #7
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Uuuh...

The 1861 Navy is nice too.

G & G, L & R, S and G......


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Starr, Lemat, Paterson,
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Old July 6, 2012, 10:48 AM   #8
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Greetings, I too have a fondness for Razors.
I think you will like it here, Some good guys are on this board.
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Old July 6, 2012, 11:36 AM   #9
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Howdy red96ta,
May all of your close shaves be with a straight razor and never with your new Pietta 1860!
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Old July 6, 2012, 11:37 AM   #10
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Howdy and welcome red96ta

Load the Swiss the same as you would the Goex. It's the T7 sub that is recommended to reduce the loads by 15%, not real BP. A loading in the 25 to 30 grain range is appropriate for BP in the '60. You'll need to try different loads to see what the pistol likes.
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Old July 6, 2012, 07:58 PM   #11
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Just get one spout, preferably the larger one, and then an adjustable powder measure. Set the measure and pour from the spout into it, then pour from the measure into the chamber. Three reasons: you have more flexibility with the adjustable measure, pouring from the spout into the measure helps to settle the powder and, although most people believe the risk is extremely low in a revolver, it reduces the consequences of an ember in the chamber igniting the powder flow (setting off the powder in a measure is much, much better than setting off the powder in a flask).

Experiment with various loadings to see what your gun likes best. Don't get fixated on one load because some guys on the internet liked it. What matters is what your gun likes, not what the internet likes.
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Old July 6, 2012, 08:28 PM   #12
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Well said Mikey.
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Old July 6, 2012, 09:48 PM   #13
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Old July 7, 2012, 12:15 AM   #14
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Welcome red96ta. I like the percussion and conversion Colts. I also collect straight razors. My grandfather showed me the ins and outs of honing, stropping, and using these neat implements. I see yours looks to be 3/4" I have read where different facial features required a different width..didn't believe it until I tried to use a very nice engraved 3/4" Boker, and a bone handled 1/2" Wostenholm..nothing doing..all I got was a cut face..I need a 5/8".
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Old July 7, 2012, 02:21 AM   #15
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Thanks for the warm welcome guys!

I've spent the last day going through 100 pages of previous posts...lots to absorb. Got my shopping list all figured out and then today work shorted my check by 16 hours...ugh. I'll try to get the list filled out later in the month.
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