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Old September 30, 2010, 10:07 PM   #1
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speed of a Colt Walker

Does anyone here know what kind of velosity you would get if it was maxed out powder wise?
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Old September 30, 2010, 11:48 PM   #2
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I think you would get the FAST kind!
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Old October 1, 2010, 08:08 AM   #3
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It is probably in the old Lyman black powder manual.
I'll take an edukated guess at right about 1000 fps.
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Old October 2, 2010, 01:26 AM   #4
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I have an OLD Guns & Ammo article in which they shot BP revolvers through a chrono, as well as into ballistic gelatin.

Not unexpectedly, the power house was the Walker/Dragoon family. I will search for the article in my den.

A .44 round ball, driven fast, was pretty serious medicine. Big edge on a .36.
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Old October 2, 2010, 01:54 AM   #5
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found it

It was not Guns & Ammo, but, ........Handguns, Feb '98.

Author Ed SANOW, who was doing a lot of velocity and expansion articles about that time, published an article entitled "BP Stopping Power".

A table therein shows a repro, Colt Walker, loaded all up w/ 60 gr of BP and a 141 Gr roundball, produced a muzzle velocity of 1287 fps w/ 519 foot lbs of energy. They did not shoot a Dragoon (which I mentioned earlier), but a dragoon w/ 50 grs bP would be in the same league.

The gelatin tests yielded damage which the author equated to .41 magnum full power 175 gr hollowpoints. SANOW states that "only recent developments in high performance hollowpoints allows some modern ctgs to equal or exceed" the Walker.

Pretty nifty article.
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Old October 4, 2010, 09:22 AM   #6
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You must remember the Walker was designed to take the horses out of the battle mix. The 36 was plenty good for people but would not reliably kill the horses.
When you remove the mobility of the cavalry by removing the horses, they become infantry and are much easier to defeat.
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