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Old January 9, 2013, 05:07 PM   #1
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Introducing myself

Hello everyone, my name is Tucker and I am brand spanking new to BP shooting. So new that my 2 1851 Navy replicas in 44 cal have arrived at my house and I'm still stuck on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. When I ordered them I thought that I would beat them home.
I'm not new to shooting and have a couple of SA revolvers (45 & 22LR/22WM) a few shotguns (12, 20, & 410) and a few rifles (22, 223/5.56, 45LC & 308) also Semi auto hand guns all are 45 ACP. Some I bought and some were hand me downs. One of the 1911 A-1 was given to me by my step-father. It was a tribute to the Pacific campaign during WWII. Since I was in the Marines he thought that I would appreciate it ... and boy do I !!!!
I'm from a small farming community in S.Louisiana where I'm still able to shoot in my back yard but that is slowly changing. It seems that more people want to live in the country now.
I'll be reading up on BP shooting but I'll ask a question if there is something that doesn't make sense to me.
I've rambled on long enough,thanks for y'all time.
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Old January 9, 2013, 05:38 PM   #2
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Welcome Tucker.
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Old January 9, 2013, 05:54 PM   #3
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Old January 9, 2013, 06:51 PM   #4
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Welcome Tucker!!! Lots of good folk in these parts!!
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Old January 9, 2013, 06:55 PM   #5
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Old January 9, 2013, 07:00 PM   #6
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I'm only a part time BP enthusiast, but I've never been without at least one.
So, you already are ahead with two.
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Old January 9, 2013, 07:28 PM   #7
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Tucker, welcome! I believe you will learn much here. Probably not from me, But there are many here to coach ya and steer you in the right direction. The members are very knowledgeable and quite helpful.
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Old January 9, 2013, 07:46 PM   #8
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Old January 9, 2013, 08:08 PM   #9
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Welcome and make yourself at home. You have come to the right place...

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Old January 9, 2013, 08:11 PM   #10
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Let me add my welcome too

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Old January 9, 2013, 08:59 PM   #11
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Welcome Tucker! Great group here - lot's of good info and help if you need any. You're going to enjoy it here!
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Old January 9, 2013, 09:03 PM   #12
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Hi Tucker! Welcome!
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Old January 9, 2013, 10:35 PM   #13
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Old January 9, 2013, 11:24 PM   #14
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Make sure to tell us all about shooting them.
For some reason no one here ever gets tired of hearing all about them.
And now we're all looking forward to you getting a chance to shoot them too.
In the meantime try to stick with us and help feed each other fantasies.
Be safe and have fun making smoke!

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Old January 9, 2013, 11:31 PM   #15
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Welcome to the fire Tucker. There is loads of good info that can be gleaned from denizens of this board, so don't hesitate to ask..
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Old January 9, 2013, 11:37 PM   #16
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Howdy Tucker.
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Old January 10, 2013, 01:14 AM   #17
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Once you get home and shoot it, you'll never stop. Ever. If the BP gun makers were smart, they'd hand out your first gun for free and then reap the rewards of your addiction!
Read the post at the top of this forum "So you want a BP revolver."
There's tons of good info in there to get you started.
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Old January 10, 2013, 11:53 AM   #18
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Welcome aboard, Tucker!
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Old January 10, 2013, 02:55 PM   #19
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welcome, I got started on black powder guns buying a Pietta 1860 2 yrs ago. Now, 6 revolvers, 2 single shot pistols, and a Hawken rifle later, it's a consuming hobby! I barely even shoot anything I have that uses cartidges anymore, lol! The more ya shoot em, the more ya like em! Plus, there's all the little things you can get into, casting balls, making patches and wads, making powder, leathercrafting, horn making, kit building, the list goes on and on! have fun!
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Old January 10, 2013, 04:43 PM   #20
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Welcome aboard! You'll enjoy the sport.

You living anyplace near Houma? Lived there myself back in the 80's when I worked offshore. Fond memories of heading to the bar on a saturday AM, grabbing two trash-bags of aluminum beer cans from the garbage, and then going plinking "any old place". Cops would come by and join in the fun now and then. Pick 'em all back up and haul 'em full of holes to the bar garbage in the afternoon and go home. 1000 rounds of .22 was about the norm for a Saturday.


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Old January 10, 2013, 05:55 PM   #21
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Welcome aboard... Hope ya like it. There are some good people here and very helpful if you have any questions.
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Old January 10, 2013, 09:58 PM   #22
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Welcome, Tucker!
You indeed came to the right camp!
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Old January 12, 2013, 10:19 PM   #23
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Thanks to all for the howdy do's and I will definitely post when I start to shoot. I'm hoping to get off this rig Monday and then I need to clean them, look them over and familiarize myself with them first. I also need to get powder, balls and caps. I've been searching this forum and reading everything there is on this so I'm getting exited!!!

Willie, I'm about 2 hrs north of Houma, just southeast of Lafayette.
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Old January 13, 2013, 04:24 AM   #24
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Welcome Tucker.
You may want to print out the sticky I wrote at the top entitled, "So you want a cap and ball revolver?"
Lots of good info in that sticky. Copy and paste it to a Word document, then print it out. Don't neglect to read the comments that follow it. Lots of good info in them too.
Between the original post, and comments, you should be well armed (every pun intended) with enough information to shoot those revolvers.
Because they're brass-framed, they are not as strong. You'll want to keep loads to no more than 22 grains of FFFG black powder, or equivalent.
A brass-framed .44 Navy is what I started with back about 1970, when I was 15. It was not well made (a lot of junk cap and ball reproductions in the 1960s and 1970s) but was a good teacher. Later, I bought better quality revolvers, with steel frames.
You'll have a lot of fun with those revolvers, but remember to clean them right away. Black powder and its substitutes are corrosive and will rust the steel parts of your revolver. Given enough time, it will even cause corrosion on the frame frame.
Buy a box of .454 inch balls, some No. 11 caps, a can of FFFG black powder or Pyrodex (Hodgdon 777 is not recommended for brass-framed revolvers, according to Hodgdon), some felt Wonder Wads and some Bore Butter and you'll be set. Smear the Bore Butter on the cylinder pin to help shrug off binding from fouling and you'll be set.
Don't forget to wear eye and ear protection.
Let us know how you're doing with those pistols.
Welcome to a very fascinating hobby!
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Old January 14, 2013, 06:05 PM   #25
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That was done prior to introducing myself and thanks for the info. I did read where the brass were limited to a lower powder charge but mine are steel framed.

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