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Old 06-20-2013, 05:48 PM
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Hello all,

I am new to the forum and was wanting to start shooting black powder revolvers what advice would you give a newbie like me?
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The NRA sells a book on getting started. If you don't currently own a gun you can get started kits from places like Cabelas that come with everything.

Two handbooks here, $10 and $16 for rifle and pistol.

I have the rifle one.
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By reading about it and purchased a Thompson Center as my first BP rifle (a .32), next i bought a traditions .50 sidelock,...both of these had adequate info packaged with them..I read and re-read before I started..
Develop good habits to start with would be my advice..which u have already demonstrated by asking for advice...
Read all u can and maybe find someone local to give u few pointers...but u don't have to take all advice ie. dort the wheat from the chaff...i have a friend that is into BP seriously..however some of the things he does, I would never do with my rifles..(seriously overload)...
good luck..i'm sure their'll be alot more posted here...might search the old threads...
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Originally Posted by mosin dude View Post
Hello all,

I am new to the forum and was wanting to start shooting black powder revolvers what advice would you give a newbie like me?

I am also getting started but I have been researching and reading for the last few months. I am about to do a quick write up on what I have learned so far.

Black powder revolvers are nice and simple if you don't over think stuff.

You will need
BP revolver (cabelas has them on sale $200)
Measure ($15)
Black powder FFFG ($20-25)
round balls a little larger then the cal of the pistol ($10 for 100)
Caps #10 ($6 for 100)
Crisco yeah the cooing grease ($??)

You can come in just under $300 if you price around some.

On the revolver steel frame is stronger then brass but if you keep the powder charge low(like all revolvers recommend) brass will last you years. Pietta recommends 9-12 grains of black powder for the 1851 navy 36 cal. A lot of people say under 20 your find but yes you can shoot 30-40 and you risk the pistol and your safety IMO.

1-Put measured powder in cylinder (9-12 grains)
2-place the ball on the cylinder and use the loading rod to push the ball into the cylinder (all balls for revolvers should be over sized this makes sure they seal well preventing flash over)
3-repeat for 5 cylinders (leave number 6 empty so you can reset the hammer on a empty for safety)
4-top off the cylinder with crisco. (just put it on your finger and wipe a glob in each cylinder this keeps any fire/sparks away from the powder to prevent flash over)
5- put caps on the nipples

As I said I'm not a expert but after researching this for a few months there is a lot of good info out there, but there is some bad so just make sure you are safe
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