View Full Version : Uberti 3rd Model Dragoon Review

June 7, 2010, 10:11 AM
A few weeks ago I traded for this Dragoon.


I had the opportunity to take it out and test it this weekend, including introducing several people to both it and shooting in general.

I was using .454 round balls through it and they were easy to load without a stand and gave just enough resistance and lead shaving to be securely seated against the powder.

Though I prefered using 30 grains of pyrodex (pellet form) I did use loose powder in varying charges all the way up to 50. 50 was fun, but I didn't gain anything as a shooter other than a marginal cool factor.

Unfortunately, because all of us were out there to handle various kinds of guns and try them out, I didn't get to do any accuracy tests - everyone was shooting the same 3 targets so I couldn't even see where my shots were landing. However, shooting the Uberti was a joy pure and simple.

It functioned flawlessly for everyone of all experience types that loaded and fired it.

I used #11 magnum CCI caps and they all performed like champions. They didn't slip off unless they were supposed to and they didn't bind up in the mechanisms, even when completely 'flowered out' after being fired.

Of about 40 shots, I only had 2 shots where the loading lever dropped. The first was I think a fluke because it was during a 30 grain pyrodex pellet. And of course, the other was a 50 grain load - no suprise there.

I give the Uberti 3rd Model Dragoon a 5 out of 5 stars because its action was smooth and I didn't have any problems at all out of 8 different shooters handling it.

I did notice that around the last few loads of the day, that there was so much fouling on it that the wedge wouldn't fit properly, but again, I think that's expected when firing a LOT. No suprises and had a great day!

Pics below just for fun. Note the last one, caught some flame! Nope, I'm not in the pictures.


June 7, 2010, 11:54 AM
Just curious on why you use pyrodex? Did it shoot better than goex or real black powder?

didn't know you could use pellets in these.

June 7, 2010, 11:59 AM
Kewl! :cool: Thanks for the report and the pics....always like seeing pics!

Just curious...was that a private shooting range or public?

June 7, 2010, 12:54 PM
Just curious on why you use pyrodex? Did it shoot better than goex or real black powder?

didn't know you could use pellets in these.

Pyrodex/other substitutes is the only thing available in my area. I've looked high and low and even the substitutes are hard to find unless it's muzzleloader season. The pellets were a breeze compared to loose powder, I heartily recommend it. I didn't have a delay in ignition or anything. A guy that had been using loose pyrodex forever had been using 30 grains of loose powder in his 1851 .44 cal, so I gave him a few pellets to try since the Pyrodex P .44 pellets come in 30 grain equivalents. Afterward, he swore up and down he wasn't going to measure anymore and cut the mess! haha True, with a pound of pyrodex, using 30 grains you can get around 230 cylinders worth of shots, and the pellets come in containers of 100 rounds, but the pellets are just quick and easy.

Just curious...was that a private shooting range or public?

It's a public range and one of the best around IMO.