View Full Version : How many here on TFL own and use Cap-n-Ball sixguns?

April 14, 2002, 01:33 AM
I have a brace of the reproduction Colt 1860 .44's myself:)

April 14, 2002, 01:39 AM
I own a repo Colt 1860 Army, and a repo Colt Walker. I also own a single shot Thompson Center Patriot. I used to own a Ruger Old Army.

April 14, 2002, 12:42 PM
My Cabela's Pietta reproduction steel framed 1858 Remington has been with me for only a couple years but has yet to expose a flaw. I've rather enjoyed the 1000 or so Hornady .454 swagged round ball I've put through it. After learning early on of Windex with ammonia D, I haven't had a lick of trouble with binding cylinders.

Though I've only used Pyrodex Pistol (usually 25gr), I look forward to trying black powder.

April 14, 2002, 02:32 PM
I own and shoot a brace of Ruger Old Armies. They are blue, with fixed sights.

April 14, 2002, 04:31 PM
I have a Walker, made by Colt and it is a blast, literally and figuratively, to shoot.

April 14, 2002, 08:42 PM
I enjoy the heck out my old 1858 repro, looking to add a couple more

Cap n ball
April 15, 2002, 10:44 AM
Rodgers & Spencer .44
Colts Navies- one in .36 and another in .44
Remington 1858 .44 one in brass frame and another in steel
LeMat .44
Walker Colt .45

These are all repros 4 are by Uberti and the rest are Pietta

I have two originals but I have only fired them once and don't actually use them.

April 15, 2002, 11:34 AM
Hey, Cap-N-Ball!!!

How does that LeMat shoot? I love that thing!!!! Looking to pick one up, but I can pass if it wouldn't hit the broad side of a barn...

I mean, it's cool, but coolness only goes SO far!! :p

Cap n ball
April 15, 2002, 01:13 PM
Kalindras, The LeMat takes a bit of getting used to. It's a heavy firearm. The balance isn't terrible but it has an awkward feel at first. The grips are funny looking but feel pretty good. It has many small parts and can be a bear to re-assemble. You need some gunsmithing tools to take it down totally. It was designed for close in work where those extra three shots and the grapeshot tube might make the difference between life or death. If you're really into Civil War re-enacting and are part of a cavalry outfit then it's a definite crowd pleaser. I shoot mine infrequently, but it is an accurate revolver once you're used to it. That 20 gauge 'garbage can' tube is impressive when loaded correctly and there are some folks around that think cap and ball guns are wimpy.

For regular use on a range or even in re-enactments, (holding a LeMat at arms length while on horseback is no fun) I prefer my 1858 Remingtons. Tough, strong, simple and very accurate.

April 15, 2002, 03:12 PM
I have a Pietta 1858 Remington copy. It has been a complete PITA. That's what I get for buying a cheap revolver I suppose... :mad:

Alex Johnson
April 15, 2002, 03:32 PM
I have owned or own several. 2 1858 Remingtons, 1860 Army, 1851 Navy, 1862 Police, 1861 Navy, 2 Walkers, 2nd Dragoon, 2 1848 Well's Fargos, Spiller & Burr, and I'm always looking for more.

April 15, 2002, 04:03 PM
1851 Navy, but after seeing that LeMat fired on American Shooter this weekend, I wouldn't mind having one of them big boys as well!:D

April 16, 2002, 10:23 PM
Matched pair of 1851 Navy Colts from Pietta.

April 16, 2002, 11:34 PM
Well, I guess I got a couple or so. :D

.31 Remington pocket revolver
.31 1849 Colt
.36 1851 Colt Navy
.44 1860 Colt Army
.44 1858 Remington Army
.44 1847 Colt Walker
.44 Lemat cavalry model

I still want to get an 1862 Colt Police, a Colt's 3rd model Dragoon, and maybe an 1858 Starr DA revolver as well.

April 17, 2002, 10:05 AM
Repros of

1851 Navy Colt
1860 Army Colt
1858 Remington


April 17, 2002, 09:51 PM
Ruger Old Army
Starr repo
Colt 1860 repo
Colt 1861 repo
Remington 1863 repo

April 19, 2002, 09:52 AM
Started with a Pietta Copy of an 1858 Remington which was a very good pistol. Sold it in a fit of stupidity.

Wife got me a Pietta copy of the 1862 police. I dearly love the way it feels and handles, but the loading lever is too short.

Just got a Ruger old Army and I'm just getting to know it, but like it so far.

4V50 Gary
April 19, 2002, 03:08 PM
Stainless and blue Ruger Old Army.

Had a Navy Arms Colt Navy which I put together and later on gave away. Still have Remington 1858 that I still have to assemble.

April 19, 2002, 05:07 PM
Yep - I have and shoot a few times a year, a brass framed 1858 Remington reproduction. Fun and smoke!

April 22, 2002, 03:41 PM
I have a Colt 1860 Fluted Cylinder Army 44 replica by Cabela's and a Colt Signature Series Navy 36.. they don't kick at all but my are they LOUD.

Amazes me that anyone carried these things loaded and ready to go, shows you why there are pins between the nipples, and why there are flaps on old holsters.

P.S. thank god for fiber pads that replaced cylinder grease, makes clean up and shooting easier.

Of sad note.. I bought a box of conical bullets for my navy.. and they don't fit in the loading gate :eek: , oh well at least they were cheap. The conicals for the army work very well.

I use real black powder (not pyrodex) in my pistols, and mine is german made if I recall correctly. When I see real fffg black powder for sale I buy some, as its hard to get. Note to the new: its possible to set a target on fire at ten feet with a black powder revolver. :D

Snake Jenkins
April 23, 2002, 05:32 PM
I reenact and have been "playing" with cap and ball guns for about 13 years. I've got a Walker, 3rd modle dragoon, 1860 army, and a 1858 Remington.
As far as accuracy goes the Remington is the most accurate, but for the reenactments I use my Walker.


Mike Weber
April 24, 2002, 02:31 PM
A pair of Navy Arms 1860 armies,and a pair of Navy Arms 1851 Colt Navies They shoot more accurately than a lot of modern revolvers that I've shot. I make my own gunleather and carry them in Slim Jim type holsters, Also have saddle cantina type holsters for the Navies Shoot Pyrodex P and use Crisco for Lube for round balls I probably shoot these more than I do my modern wheelguns.

April 28, 2002, 02:16 PM
Great fun, shooting my stainless Ruger Old Army(fixed sights)!

April 29, 2002, 08:14 AM
Got a 44 Cal. 1858 Remington Army, and a 36 Cal. Duckfoot. Looking for several more Black Powder guns. With the new Hogden powder 777, and Clean Shot this is now more fun then work.
I am Think'en of starting to hunt with Black Powder Firearms.



Alex Johnson
May 1, 2002, 09:55 AM
Just went out and shot my new Uberti Well's Fargo for the first time last night. Typical for the Colt style it shoots about 8" high, but it's right on center and fun to shoot. Only thing is I wish I had a box of .320 balls for it, shot some .315's and it seems to be a bit loose.

Alex Johnson
May 1, 2002, 10:12 AM
Just went out and shot my new Uberti Well's Fargo for the first time last night. Typical for the Colt style it shoots about 8" high, but it's right on center and fun to shoot. Only thing is I wish I had a box of .320 balls for it, shot some .315's and it seems to be a bit loose.