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Old January 1, 2013, 08:26 PM   #1
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How many rounds before you give up?

I can usually get between 30 to 40 before my 1860 and 1848 get so clogged up with fouling that I have to call it a day....but I'm reading back in the archives that some guys are doing upwards of a full box of balls.

What's your average and if it's a high number, how are you doing it?
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Old January 1, 2013, 08:32 PM   #2
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Today, I went through somewhere around 70 in the ol' 1860, and it was getting pretty gummy, but I was poking out the nipple holes with a piece of wire when loading and wiping the arbor and putting fresh lube on it. I think it would have went probably 90+, but it started raining. I think the loading ram would have clogged completely up before anything else.

Just loading and shooting without maintenance.... you're probably right on the money with 30-40.

(note: I just discovered that those little thin Christmas ornament hanger wires are much better than a paper clip for cleaning out nipple holes)
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Old January 1, 2013, 09:05 PM   #3
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You can get a spray bottle of Windex and keep it going a long time just by spraying the arbor at the cylinder face.
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Old January 1, 2013, 11:20 PM   #4
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I usually shoot two cylinders, then take the cylinder out and clean it with a rag an wipe the whole gun down. It doesn't take long and keeps the gun decently clean,
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Old January 1, 2013, 11:21 PM   #5
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I've shot upwards of 100 on my Remmies simply by lubing the pin and cylinder with Lubriplate 630AA both before and during shooting.
After I fire off a cylinder-full, I pull the cylinder and wipe it and the gun down, then re-lube the pin with fresh Lubriplate. (white lithium grease)
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Old January 1, 2013, 11:57 PM   #6
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75 plus rounds over three days using Uberti 1861 Navies loaded with 22 grains fffg BP, lubed wad, and .380 roundball. I make sure the arbors are well greased with bore butter at the beginning of a match and just wipe the cylinder face and the hammer down with a rag at the end of each day's shooting. Cylinders will spin just as free on day 3 as day 1.
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Old January 2, 2013, 09:04 AM   #7
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I use an overball lube of white Crisco cooking lard (grocery store), filling the front of each chamber even with the cylinder face. (It's available in both small/large canisters)

The heat of firing melts the lube and keeps powder fouling very solft/sloppy, so that shooting can continue as long as you wish.

Often, I stop for a minute or so, to simply wipe the excess slop from the grips/hammer, etc - so the gun doesn't slip in my hand during firing. .

Yep, It's messy - but it works.

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Old January 2, 2013, 10:12 AM   #8
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What Fingers said, except: 1860 Pietta Armys, 454 round ball over a lubed wad with 28 grs of FFg. If I get bored waiting for the next days shoot I will pull a bore snake thru my shotgun and rifle and wipe the face of the pistol cylinders.
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Old January 2, 2013, 07:07 PM   #9
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Petah, you really don't need that much lube. Firing blows most of it off anyway. That's where the mess comes from. All you need is a little dab around the edge of the balls.
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On Colts I may after 30-40 rounds I will wipe the cylinder face and put a drop of oil on the cylinder pin/cylinder/frame juncture every 30 or so rounds. Same for my Euroarms Remingtons.

On my Uberti Remingtons shooting full loads (30 grs+wad+ball+grease) after two cylinders fired I put a single drop of oil (olive or Ballistol) on the front of the cylinder where it rubs on the frame. About 5 seconds of holding the gun up and twirling the cylinder works it down onto the cylinder pin. I do this AFTER recharging the chambers. The guns will shoot all day.
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Old January 3, 2013, 08:23 AM   #11
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I only have colt style revolvers. I added an old toothbrush to the supplies I bring with me. After shooting each cylinder, I brush off the front of the cylinder and the nipples.

I genearally stop shooting after 30 rounds and move on to shooting some cartridge guns, but there is basically no fouling on the pistol after 30. I have no doubt I could shoot another 30. Sometimes if the cylinder is not rotating as smoothly, the arbor may need to be wiped down.

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Old January 3, 2013, 10:02 AM   #12
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....I take along four revolvers.

I shoot somewhere around 30 rounds from each and then go home.

But it is not the revolver that stops shooting after thirty, It is me who makes the change.

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Old January 5, 2013, 04:51 PM   #13
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I oftentimes do like Hawg was talking about, I take a bottle of the ammonia free windex, spray and wipe, and slap a little bore butter on the arbor. The windex just melts off the residue.
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