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Old April 6, 2009, 09:59 PM   #26
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I may re-evaluate my maximum loading practices.
My guess is smokeless powder was used in this cylinder.

Ruger says, or said that any load of sporting black powder that will fit in the cylinder is safe in the Old Army, that's about 37 grains if you shoot a round ball, around 30 grains with a conical.
Most of the paper punchers claim 20 grains+filler is the sweet load for maximum accuracy.
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Old April 6, 2009, 10:01 PM   #27
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Sorry, again, to add this so soon.

This link:

look under the 3 pics and says "designed to hold 60 grs. BP, etc."

Then look at this one, to see how wimps cover their asses:

"Recommened load is 25 grains of 3F black powder, .454 round ball, and a .44 caliber revolver wad."

I'm not sure you could seat a ball with 25 grs of powder in a Walker. Rammer has limited travel. Uncompressed charge with BP.


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Old April 6, 2009, 10:37 PM   #28
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Ruger says, or said that any load of sporting black powder that will fit in the cylinder is safe in the Old Army
That's true for any steel framed revolver.
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Old April 7, 2009, 07:39 AM   #29
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That looks like an old '60 cylinder. What are the circumstances of the accident, or is it a file photo from some where? It looks like one from an original. Possibly a museum or collector's gallery or one that someone tried to shoot with modern day fake powder. You know. Subs.
I got the story second hand. I was told it was a full load of triple 7.
I agree, it looks like an old cylinder to me. They had no business using a sub in it if that's the case.
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Old April 7, 2009, 08:45 AM   #30
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I shoot 40 grains of 777 out of my ROA. I've seen a few threads where some are getting 45 grains in theirs.
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