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Re: Richard is getting a LeMat
« Reply #30 on: February 03, 2019, 03:57:57 PM »
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Re: Richard is getting a LeMat
« Reply #31 on: February 04, 2019, 05:00:35 AM »
Hi, the only thing better than a nice revolver is a nice revolver in a nice holster. LeatherSmithMike is going to make a nice holster for my LeMat. There was a slight competition between a period correct flap holster, or more of a western style holster. The western would be more convenient at the range, I'm going with western. To compensate for period correct misgivings, a CS belt buckle was installed on one of my LeatherSmithMike's gun belts:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Civil-War-CS-Confederate-States-Reenactor-Solid-Brass-Belt-Buckle-MADE-IN-USA/202577944419?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649

If you are looking for great leather products at a modest price, Mike (mike116) is the guy to go to:
www.LeathersmithMike.net

In my quest to watch movies that used the LeMat, I watched Last Stand at Saber River last night. Cold Mountain is scheduled for tonight.

Winter is preventing me from spending range time with the LeMat, but I was able to test ignition yesterday in my basement. #10 Remington caps were put on the .44 chamber nipples and a #10 CCI cap on the shotgun barrel. All the .44 chamber caps fired on each hammer fall. However, it took two hammer falls to fire the shotgun barrel cap. Other LeMat users report needing two hits of the hammer to fire the shotgun barrel. The hammer stroke is only ~1" with the hammer nose in shotgun firing position. Some report that thinning (stoning) the metal foil of the cap helps shotgun barrel ignition. I'll leave the thinning of caps to others, thank you. I noticed that the takedown lever falls down on firing the .44 chamber caps. This is another reported issue for the LeMat with takedown lever. It appears it would take some serious gunsmithing to resolve that issue. I'll just keep track on that issue when shooting. The last thing one needs is the barrel unscrewing when shooting.

Regards,
Richard

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Re: Richard is getting a LeMat
« Reply #32 on: February 06, 2019, 10:02:39 PM »
Richard, did you resolve the takedown lever issue?

It seems like the LeMat copies have a laundry list of little hiccups. Is that the case with the originals too? Or is it just the copies that are afflicted? Not a put down of the gun at all, just an observation.

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Re: Richard is getting a LeMat
« Reply #33 on: February 07, 2019, 04:29:09 AM »
Hi Dave, no I have not found a solution to the takedown lever falling down. It and breaking the loading lever is systemic in the LeMat design. This seems typical for a first model design, kind of like Colts Paterson. Having said that, Pietta makes a pretty good representation of the LeMat (discounting caliber). Like the Paterson, it is what it is. Frankly, I find the quirks in early 19th century firearms charming. Managing the idiosyncrasies in use adds to the hobby interest.

I could fix the fall down lever issue, but that would require a kludge to the revolver. IMO that's not worth doing considering the limited LeMat shooting expected.

BTW, I watched Cold Mountain again and have on order The Quick and the Dead and The Warrior's Way that show the LeMat.

Regards,
Richard

 
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Re: Richard is getting a LeMat
« Reply #34 on: February 08, 2019, 04:39:47 AM »
Hi, yesterday I cast 76 0.595" lead balls for my LeMat 20ga shotgun barrel:



The mold used was a Lee sold by Track of the Wolf:
https://www.trackofthewolf.com/Categories/PartDetail.aspx/1202/1/LEE-595-DC

Flax tow will be used for wadding:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Flax-tow-fiber-1-2-pound/233060362072?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649

While 76 balls may not seem like a lot, that many should last me a few lifetimes. Most of my LeMat shooting will be done with 0.454" balls already on hand.

Regards,
Richard
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