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Re: Just got my first colt cap and ball
« Reply #30 on: May 29, 2020, 11:49:38 AM »
Seems like most people want to dump as much lead downrange as they can. I like cartridge guns too and I love going out with .22's and just having fun without the slow reloads of black powder or having to chase brass for reloading. I also like the slow pace of shooting bp whether it be revolvers or single shot front stuffers. I talked to a guy the other day and he said when it dries up he will doze off a piece of family property for free so maybe before long I'll have a convenient place to shoot at least til it grows back over. I haven't popped a cap in going on two years and I'm getting antsy. :-*
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Re: Just got my first colt cap and ball
« Reply #31 on: May 29, 2020, 05:55:57 PM »
Just made my first batch of patches. Im normally just going to buy them but the ones I ordered wonít be here on time and no store around me sells them. Theyíre a 50/50 mix of Crisco and bees wax. They came out ok. We will see how they work on Tuesday

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Re: Just got my first colt cap and ball
« Reply #32 on: May 29, 2020, 06:05:58 PM »
I think you meant wads. Home-made ones work as well as commercial ones. We have a free shooting range about 45 minutes away; it was designed by an Eagle Scout as his project and funded by the local shooting club. It has covered firing lines where before there was just open areas. It is always fun to shoot the black powder guns when there is just the sharp crack of semi auto pistols. The loud BOOM generates a lot of comment.

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Re: Just got my first colt cap and ball
« Reply #33 on: May 30, 2020, 03:24:01 PM »
Look what showed up on my door step

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Re: Just got my first colt cap and ball
« Reply #34 on: May 30, 2020, 04:32:41 PM »
So here is my opinion colt vs Remington

The main spring feels so much nicer on the colt. Pulling back the hammer is smooth and easy. I think Iím going to look into changing the main spring in the Remington. Th action just feel so much smoother on the colt

The feel of holding the gun in your hand also goes to the colt. Has a nicer balance then the Rem

Sights goes to the Remington. The taller aight and grove in the back as much easier to focus your eyes on then the colts tiny sight

Itís easier to get the cylinder out of the Remington but I think basic cleaning is easier on the colt because you can remove the barrel

Looks....... I think both guns are beautiful but Iím gonna go with the colt on this one. Itís just so iconic and you feel like a cowboy when youíre holding it.

If someone were to ask me what one to get as a first BP gun I would lean towards the colt.


The o my worry I have is caps getting stuck in the action. We will see how that goes when I take it shooting. I think Iím gonna go out tomorrow

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Re: Just got my first colt cap and ball
« Reply #35 on: May 30, 2020, 05:48:55 PM »
Actually shooting them on a few occasions is a good basis for forming opinions on the merits of each. 

Did you loosen the mainspring screw a little to lighten the mainspring tension on the Remington?  Sometimes that helps.

Congratulations on your new guns.
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Re: Just got my first colt cap and ball
« Reply #36 on: May 30, 2020, 06:36:09 PM »
Actually shooting them on a few occasions is a good basis for forming opinions on the merits of each. 

Did you loosen the mainspring screw a little to lighten the mainspring tension on the Remington?  Sometimes that helps.

Congratulations on your new guns.
Iíve tried it with the screw completely out and it still very heavy. Iím going to look into getting a lighter one

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Re: Just got my first colt cap and ball
« Reply #37 on: May 30, 2020, 08:42:32 PM »
Just sent an email to VTI gun parts to see if the have a lighter main spring. There are two kinds are there website

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Re: Just got my first colt cap and ball
« Reply #38 on: May 30, 2020, 09:46:31 PM »
Just sent an email to VTI gun parts to see if the have a lighter main spring. There are two kinds are there website

Colt SAA springs are supposed to work.  https://www.brownells.com/handgun-parts/frame-parts/mainspring-parts/mainsprings/saa-cowboy-action-springs-prod16557.aspx?avs%7cMake_3=Uberti
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Re: Just got my first colt cap and ball
« Reply #39 on: May 31, 2020, 12:13:29 PM »
If youíre going to have a habit, it might as well be a healthy habit...and the Navyís a joy to shoot...

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Re: Just got my first colt cap and ball
« Reply #40 on: May 31, 2020, 02:41:18 PM »
As long as you are ordering another mainspring anyway.....why not practice lightening the original one? Grind it carefully, slowly, along the mid-upper sides, grinding lengthwise.  Some people slot the spring arm; the ones I ordered from Brownell are like that. Just a couple of options, get to know your gun better.