View Full Version : If I knew then, what I know now...

January 9, 2011, 03:21 PM
I would have just picked up an ROA in the first place and would have three of them by now :rolleyes:

Went out to the desert this morning, just got back from shooting the Pietta 1858, Colt Walker and the new to me ROA.

Started with the 1858, kind of, the cylinder latch is messed up.
Did shoot 2 cylinders out of it, but the latch at half cock is coming up and locking the cylinder and have to disassemble it and put it back together.
It is now locked up sitting on my bench here at the house.
Will tear it apart and see what is wrong with it.
Hopefully one of the parts from the spare parts kit I got from Cabelas will fix it:(

Next was the Walker.
Shot 2 cylinders wth 40gr of Pyro p
Shot 2 cylinders of 50gr
Shot 1 cylinder of 60gr
No problems.
Oh, the .457" balls now shave off a full ring instead of a half moon as with the .454"s

Now comes the ROA.
This thing is sweet :D
I kind of lost count of how many cylinders I shot this morning out of it.
Powder charges were 30-35-40-50gr
Very accurate, never bound up(guessing 8-10 cylinders full)
The Treso nipples came yesterday and the #11 CCI's worked perfectly.
No jambing from the blown nipples(they just rotate around and fall off).

So now I am thinking of returning those 2 extra Pietta 1858 cylinders that I got that do not fit in my gun, instead of getting another 1858 and put the money toward another ROA.
Have not decided yet.

Well, it was fun today.


January 9, 2011, 04:43 PM
Those ROA's are sweet! See what can be done with a 175 year old ignition system and 20th century technology. :D

January 9, 2011, 05:34 PM
Now you're making me want one :D

January 9, 2011, 05:42 PM
How did you get 50 grains of Pyrodex in an ROA chamber?

January 9, 2011, 06:08 PM
Dropped in 50gr by volume Pyrodex P
Installed .45 cal Precision Lube 2000 felt wad
Ram wad on top of powder
Install .457" Speer round ball
Ram ball on top of wad and powder.
Ball just sits below the mouth of the cylinder
Install CCI #11 caps
Fire all six shots

Rinse and repeat :D

As an aside(it would not have taken anymore than 50gr and I did not have to cram on the seating lever, it felt just right seating the ball).


January 9, 2011, 07:51 PM
I had one given to me, stainless, beautiful gun. His brother, whom I knew and drank with a lot (Bad old days) had killed himself with it. I never could enjoy the gun, a pity. There were a few spots of blood on it, just thinking about makes me feel sad.

I sold it, and don't think I ever fired it. The buyer didn't have to know about the story it came with.