View Full Version : R&D conversion

February 20, 2011, 08:22 PM
I'm new to this site, so I dont know if I'm in the right place. I just got some R&D C.C. for my new 1858 Remington, 44 cal./Pietta. Went through several dozen rounds, then on the 4th or 5th shot, the cylinder blew apart, ruined my gun, the good news is no one was hurt! But not sure what went wrong. My son loaded hundreds of 45 long colts with a Lee Loader, it has a automatic powder measure, 250 gr. bullet, 7 grains of Winchester 231. I have one cylinder left, I heard Trail boss is safer, I might try that, and a 200 grain bullet, but still not sure what went wrong, makes me nervous! Any one have a clue?

February 20, 2011, 08:57 PM
Sounds like an overload.

February 20, 2011, 09:34 PM
sounds like you need a kirst.

February 20, 2011, 09:36 PM
I use 5gr of red dot on a 200gr LSWC plenty for target shooting

February 20, 2011, 11:12 PM
I'm guessing you had a double charge. It happens...usually, it happens when someone is distracted while loading and accidentally charges the brass twice. Consider using real black powder next time. Not only will you get that ol' timely bang with accompanying billow of smoke but it is impossible to overcharge your 45 Colt when using real black powder. Personally, I like to cram 40 grains of black powder into 45 Colt.

p.s. I'm glad everyone was okay. You might want to take some of those left over 45 Colt reloads apart and see if you can diagnose the problem.