View Full Version : 1851 navy conversion ammo ?

November 9, 2010, 07:06 AM
hey everyone,
I was wondering about the 1851 navy kirst conversion cylinder with loading gate, if after installed on my 51 if I could shoot just normal .38 long colt smokeless through it? I was looking on buffalo arms and the black powder ammo for 38lc is like a dollar a round! compared to the smokeless rounds are like 50 cents a round, thats kinda why I was wondering. appreciate anyones help. thanks

November 9, 2010, 09:18 AM
If the "normal" 38lc is classified as "Cowboy Action", you can use it. Don't shoot commercial smokeless ammo unless it's classified as "cowboy" or "cowboy action" ammo. I had the same problem with 45lc in my converted remmy. Ammo is expensive, so I started reloading my own. You can work up good cowboy action loads with black powder. I also reload with Trailboss powder (smokeless). If you want to save money, you will need to reload. I started with an inexpensive Lee hand press.