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Colt Capsuckers / Re: Cap Sucking Colts
« Last post by Hawg on May 26, 2018, 09:35:06 PM »
Another thing caps were thicker back then and made from copper. I doubt they had as many cap jams.
Colt Capsuckers / Re: Cap Sucking Colts
« Last post by ssb73q on May 26, 2018, 08:02:14 AM »
Hi, one of the first Colts was the Colt Paterson introduced in 1836.

Colt Capsuckers / Re: Cap Sucking Colts
« Last post by Bishop Creek on May 25, 2018, 03:07:41 PM »

Colt revolvers or "Colt's" as they called them back then first became really popular in the 1850s. There are many references to Colt's revolvers from the late 1860s and early 1870s, heyday of the "gunmen."  Outlaw John Wesley Hardin used many Colt cap and ball revolvers in his career and was found carrying one when he was arrested in 1877. Of course Wild Bill Hickok was well known for his 1851 Colt's Navy's. I think conversion Colt's are more popular in movies because of their ease of loading for films than they were back in the day among gunfighters, although some historians believe Doc Holiday was carrying a Colt Navy conversion at the OK Corral gunfight in 1881.
Colt Capsuckers / Re: Cap Sucking Colts
« Last post by Hawg on May 25, 2018, 03:03:06 PM »
I think Colt's have always been more popular but the 1849 was definitely the apex.
Colt Capsuckers / Re: Cap Sucking Colts
« Last post by Len on May 25, 2018, 01:46:13 PM »
This is not a reply, it's a question.
When did the Colt became really popular? Was it during the cap days, or was it after the conversions appeared?
It seems to me, that all the Wild West notorious guys (and the Hollyweirds) were into conversions and that they never experienced a cap suck when in a tight situation.
Ask The Experts / arbors
« Last post by Len on May 25, 2018, 01:35:26 PM »
I've been scrutinizing photos of dismantled Colts (1849 and 1851:s) and think (just think) I've seen two variants of grease tracks in the arbor. One design is a trapeze thread along the arbor and the other possible design is a number of radially turned ditches.
Were there two designs, or have I interpreted the photos all wrongly?
Gunsmithing/Tuning/Parts & Repairs / Re: Short nipples
« Last post by mike116 on May 25, 2018, 11:42:35 AM »
I've never run into the short nipple problem but I've heard of others that have.  If I did have this problem I might try Locktite between the shim and nipple before I install the nipple being sure the Locktite has set before installing the nipples.  I don't boil my cylinders and like to be able to remove nipples but I'd sure hate to lose one of those shims without having a spare.
Gunsmithing/Tuning/Parts & Repairs / Short nipples
« Last post by ssb73q on May 25, 2018, 10:26:23 AM »
Hi, one of my recent Uberti 1862 has nipples that are too short for reliable ignition. I had a package of 12-28 Slix-Shot nipples that have nipples ~0.10 longer than stock, but the base is too large in diameter to go into the 1862 cylinder. A solution would be to decrease the diameter of the Slix-Shots, but I found a better solution.

I ordered thin 0.005 and 0.015" die shims (99432A344) and (99432A346) from McMaster Carr, see:

The 0.005" shims worked great to have the nipples at a correct length for reliable ignition.

Note that removing nipples could have one easily lose the shim. I suggest that you use a good hight temperature antisize and never remove the nipples. Boiling the 1862 cylinder removes all fouling where nipple removal isn't an issue. If you need to remove a nipple remember that there is a shim that could easily be lost.

Conversions / Re: Gated Howell 1851 conversion
« Last post by mike116 on May 25, 2018, 07:14:09 AM »
Glad to see someone is out having fun with their guns.   Nice photo of the '51 too.   
Conversions / Re: Gated Howell 1851 conversion
« Last post by ssb73q on May 25, 2018, 06:42:53 AM »
Hi, its so nice that the weather is now allowing shooting in comfort. This morning I took out my Pietta 1851 with Howell gated conversion that uses the Kirst ejector to shoot. Fired a couple hundred 38 Special on steel targets. I forgot how accurate this revolver is, almost the same holes can be hit from 25yds. The dovetail front sight helps a lot. Of all the conversions I have done, this 1851 is the most accurate and slickest. This is the revolver after shooting:

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