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General Discussion / Your favorite BPCR?
« on: February 12, 2019, 08:30:24 AM »
What is your favorite BPCR (black powder cartridge rifle) you own, and why? (pictures won't hurt here!)

General Discussion / Your 'Short List'
« on: February 08, 2019, 12:32:31 PM »
What BP guns, if any, remain on your 'short list' (i.e. 'must-haves') that you won't feel complete unless you have it/them?

I'm sure Richard (SSB73Q) checked a BIG one off with his recent LeMat purchase. How about the rest of you?

Personally, I'm feeling pretty content at the moment, though there are a number of BPCR rifles I certainly would not mind owning, such as:

*Winchester big bore BPCR
*Spencer carbine
*A 'rock lock' (flintlock) rifle
as well as;
*steel frame Remmy pocket

How about the rest of you?

Off-Topic Discussion / Hornswoggled?
« on: February 07, 2019, 10:09:02 AM »
I think maybe we've been hornswoggled... ???

You all probably recall the infamous PhotoBucket debacle of several years ago (how could you NOT?!) We all heaped coals of derision and venomous hatred on PB for their underhanded and nefarious scam of not allowing members to post their photos on other websites unless they paid the ludicrous 400.00 ransom per year for the privilege?
Well, my feelings have not changed in that regard. However, I recommended to many folks that they switch their photo hosting to Flickr, which was owned by Yahoo!
Since that time, Yahoo! has apparently been sold to Google, Flickr along with it. Shortly after Christmas I got the dreaded email from Flickr saying their policy had changed as well, (here it comes...groan...) and after Feb. 5th you would have the option to:

Upgrade to Pro for either 5.99 per month or 49.00 if billed pop-ups or ads, unlimited storage, blah blah blah...
Keep your free account, but be limited to 1000 photos. And if you exceeded 1000 in your collection, Flickr would begin automatically deleting them, oldest first, until you got under the limit.

I checked, and I had 1700+ photos. So I began deleting the one-offs and who-cares stuff...still at 1600.

In checking many of my older pix, I found a good number of them to be family photos, especially of my granddaughter. Didn't want them being deleted!!!

I checked out some of the other sites but was very discouraged at the pop-ups and other features, so...against my better judgement, I "paid the ransom" of 50 bucks for the next year. To be fair, that pales in comparison to the outrageous PB affair. But, as we all feared when this happens, like a little yeast working through the dough, it will most likely infect EVERY hosting site sooner or later. Which makes me hate PB all the more for sharing their poison.

Anyway, if I talked any of you into Flickr and you are now faced with the same decision, my apologies for a bum steer. I was afraid this might happen.

General Discussion / LMAO!
« on: February 25, 2018, 12:31:07 PM »
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"Own a piece of American history with Pietta's Model 1851 Navy “Yank” Pepperbox .36-Cal. Black-Powder Revolver. "

What "history" books are they reading from...the same one that teachers are using to 'mind-scrub' the students of teaching that the ACW was fought over slavery?

A Colt revolver pepperbox design never existed. I guess the only piece of history you would be owning is to be included among a group of idiots who were sold a bill of goods in the new millennium and convinced to buy a totally useless firearm than never existed in it's present form. I would imagine that muzzle velocity straight out of a smoothbore cylinder would not exceed that of a Red Ryder BB gun.
What a scam. Shame on you, Pietta!

Starr / New Pietta Starr in the works!
« on: January 31, 2018, 12:00:23 PM »
Just sealed the deal on a Pietta Starr SA revolver, NIB from a LGS referred by Mike116 (a.k.a. Leathersmith Mike). Haven't seen any pictures or such, but Mike personally looked at it and gave it the thumbs-up. This will fill a hole in my collection that's been there a long time, ever since I bought my R&S to fill another hole, and I can't wait to get my paws all over it. There will be some time waiting for checks to clear, shipping, etc but hopefully will have it in my hands soon. More on this as it happens... (7&

Gun Builds and Projects / Refurb or Leave it be?
« on: January 05, 2018, 07:52:27 PM »
Now, I know we all have our own tastes and preferences regarding looks when it comes to BP revolvers. Most of you recall when I got my (second) 2nd Dragoon from Kry, that I decided to keep it exactly as it was...warts and all. And already having a pristine Uberti 2nd, I do not regret that decision one bit.
But now I find myself in a like situation; the ASM Walker I got (also from Kry, big nod to The Man for that!) looks much the same...well worn, short, like a Walker that survived the day would probably look. It's obvious this one is gonna need a wee bit of tweaking. So the question is;

*Do I refurb this thing, refinish etc or leave it looking as-is with a few minor tweaks?"*

It needs a new set of nipples and the loading lever screw is missing; that much I know already. The wedge needed some filing, smoothing and blending and the metal was kinda pooched behind the wedge slot, so I cold-worked it a little with a ball peen but that's it so far. I've cleaned the barrel bore and cylinder but that's about it; haven't even gutted it yet. So, the question remains, what would YOU do? Bear in mind this is the only Walker I have and I want it to be a shooter, not a safe queen. I could do Oxpho Blue or let the natural rust patina stay. I'm really torn on this one...

The Walker, as-is...

Pooched area around wedge slot...

Missing ram screw...

Missing nipples

Right now the barrel is pretty much devoid of any finish except patina. I kinda like it.

What say you, men?  L@J

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: shootings
« on: December 01, 2017, 12:07:49 PM »
Written by a woman for a liberal rag, who can obviously not grasp why anyone needs a gun...

Off-Topic Discussion / Happy Thanksgiving!
« on: November 23, 2017, 09:56:57 AM »
A happy, warm, and blessed Thanksgiving to all my black powder brethren! )l_

Off-Topic Discussion / Finished these up last week:
« on: November 09, 2017, 07:08:58 PM »
My latest batch of handcrafted cedars:

I'm gettin' better at this woody thing.

Off-Topic Discussion / MOVED: New Toys
« on: November 09, 2017, 02:32:55 PM »

At The Range! / Can ya believe it?
« on: September 30, 2017, 08:57:52 PM »
Finally...FINALLY! to the range. Don't ask how long it's been... ^j)
I was a man on a mission; I had two guns I've been itching to try:

1) The 1860 Army I bought from Tom-ADC and had 'Goonerized'
2) The 2nd Dragoon, 'Joaquin Murietta' that I got from Krylandalian and also had 'Goonerized'.

Both a point...and came back in one piece.

1860: Stayed rock solid, but I wasn't shooting paper and could not ring the gong at 25 more than 3 times in a row. Not sure why. Possibly because the shooter hasn't shot BP for longer than he cares to discuss, but I let my buddy Steve shoot it and he did worse. I suppose since I didn't shoot paper I got nothing to bitch about. The loading lever is stiffer than a sailor after a night on the town and the palm of my hand hurts like hell as a result.

2nd Dragoon: Also couldn't stay consistent. Shots were all over the place. Tried some Lee 200gr conicals, the Dragoon did not like to load them an in fact totally squashed two of them beyond use due to cocking them sideways. Dropped the loading lever on every single shot like clockwork, even with 45gr and .454 RB's. Out of each cylinder full, two chambers were 1st time misfires every time, but fired the second time around. Probably needs a new set of nipples.

Both guns have the Goon cap rake, and while neither experienced a cap frag jam, the rake did allow the spent caps to deposit themselves nicely between the cylinder and recoil shield, making it a mother to rotate, several times requiring assistance. Not a knock on the cap rake by any means (or Goon's work, for that matter) but just sayin', if a Colt don't eat caps it's gonna spit 'em out and you might not like where they go.

Today was definitely not a comparative evaluation by any means, more just a 'test run' to see how they function. And they did, for the most part. I used up the tail end of a can of RS in my Lyman Trade Rifle with a price sticker on the lid; "$12.95"...good grief, you know how old THAT'S gotta be? Went off without a hitch. The Pyro P I shot today was at least 4 years old, no issues.
All in all...beautiful weather, relaxed no-pressure shooting...what more could you ask?
Now if you'll 'scuze me, I gots some guns ta clean...

Forum Donations / Forum Web Hosting Donations
« on: September 04, 2017, 06:52:04 PM »
Forum Donations toward web hosting fees, month of November, 2017

Please pm donation dates and amounts to Captainkirk so we can track progress and funding. Thank You!

Captainkirk             09/04/17      $10.00

G-Dog                    09/04/17      $15.00
That covers November with 5 bucks left over! (7&

jaxenro                  09/04/17      $17.00

AntiqueSledMan      09/05/17      $10.00

Forum Donations / Food for thought
« on: September 04, 2017, 06:45:55 PM »
Fellers, looks like I found the below topic too late (already handled! ;) Thanks, guys!) with the recent happenings regarding the forums:,2540.msg25578.html#new

It got me to thinking: If forum hosting is only $17.00 per month, why should Tim be on the hook for that?
What I mean is this: If just 2 of us members each month gave $10.00 each, we would be covered. If 4 gave $5.00, ditto. If 20 gave a buck each, covered. So, here's my suggestion:
I will start a thread for each month. Any member can donate via the PayPal link as much as he or she wants and when we hit the magic number, we all know the monthly nut is covered. If we go over, then Tim has excess to carry over for the following month. Nobody has to give anything, ever. And I'm sure Tim will protest my thread, but I have seen the generosity of you guys in action before!  We all benefit from this great forum and probably just never think about it unless a situation like the above arises.
I'm pretty sure we are covered through at least the end of October, but I'm going to start with a $10.00 donation for November, if anyone wants to join me? Tim has generously built us a Colt play house here, I don't mind paying some 'rent'! L@J

Walkers & Dragoons / The Walker Colt; a primer
« on: May 30, 2017, 07:21:35 PM »
A few tidbits about the Colt Walker, some you might know and some you might not! Especially if you are new to the Walker.

The Colt Walker came about as a results of Captain Samuel Hamilton Walker, a Texas Ranger coming east in 1846 on a recruiting mission. While visiting, he stopped in to visit with Samuel Colt and expressed his admiration of the now-defunct Paterson Colt. Sam Colt was interested in getting endorsements for his revolver design, but Walker had other ideas and sat down with a list of improvements and modifications to the basic Paterson design, major among them being:
1) Caliber increased from .36 to .44
2) Do away with the folding trigger
3) Loading lever incorporated on the gun
4) Increased capacity from 5 to 6 shots
5) Increased powder charge capability (up to 60 grains)
6) The ability to shoot out past 75 yards with lethal force
Col. Colt not only convinced Walker that he could build such a revolver, he also gave him quotes for between 1-5000 units, which Walker swiftly turned into a real purchase order for 1000 units...despite the fact Col. Colt had no factory or machine tools, those having been liquidated with everything else in the failure of the Paterson and the bankruptcy of the Patent Arms Manufacturing Company which had produced them. Colt quickly obtained the services of Eli Whitney Jr. (son of the cotton gin inventor) and struck a deal for the production of 1,000 units for sale to the military, with an addition 100 units for the civilian market and to be given as gifts to persons of notoriety and influence.
The production numbers were as such:
Contract Arms were serialized in companies A through E as follows:
Company A-220 units
Company B-220 units
Company C-220 units
Company D-220 units
Company E-120 units
All were serialized from 1-1,000
The remaining 100 "civilian models" were serialized from 1,001 to around 1,100 and were sold on the open market or given as presentations.
The monstrous Walker Colt weighed 4 pounds, 9 ounces and stretched a massive 15.5 inches. It's chamber capacity held up to 60 grains of black powder, making it the most powerful revolver in the world, a record it held until the mid-20th century after the .357 magnum entered the game.
All the original Walker models came with the cylinder "in the white" for reasons unknown.
A number of these original Walkers fell prey to ruptured cylinders. The reason for this is still not clear although several theories present themselves;
*Inferior metallurgy of the cylinders
* The "picket bullet theory" in which (supposedly) Texas Rangers loaded the sharply pointed 'picket bullets' backwards to allow the use of more powder
*Corrosion of the 'white' cylinders due to extreme environmental hardship by the Rangers
*Inconsistency of powders available at the time
None of these, to my knowledge have been proved conclusively, if at all.
Captain Samuel Walker was presented with a pair of Walkers which had been gifted him by Col. Colt when he was killed at the battle of Juamantla in the Mexican War early in October, 1847. One of the revolvers, Serial # 1019, was returned by his request to Col. Colt and became part of his personal collection.
There you have it. One year of production (1847), 1,100 units (not counting the "transitional Walkers) and the creation of one of the true legends of firearms history.

For more on this iconic firearm, see the Wikipedia link below:

References: COLT-An American Legend, R.L. Wilson, pp 23-28

Off-Topic Discussion / Memorial Day
« on: May 28, 2017, 08:44:15 PM »
In the midst of our 'Bees' tomorrow (BBQ, beers, brats n' burgers) family gatherings and get-togethers... let's all remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice so we can do these things.

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