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BPCR Reloading / Doin' "The Squeeze"...
« on: October 19, 2020, 03:43:51 PM »
No, it ain't some new dance. I'm getting set to load up some BP .45 Colt ammo. Planning on putting as much 2F (or should I use 3F?) as I can fit in the case topped with a 250gr hard cast bullet. My only questions now have to do with compression and seating. Do you guys use a compression die? And some sort of non-lubed wad, or just the bullet? I've read where using the bullet can deform the nose, and since a compression die is fairly inexpensive, I could be persuaded to get me one. Some folks claim wads made from milk carton or egg carton work fine and are consumed on firing, some folks claim you should use a non-sparking drop tube while others say not necessary for pistol carts. I just want these to turn out right the first time, so any advice from experienced BP cart loaders will be much appreciated as I'm ready to start cranking out ammo.

Off-Topic Discussion / Son of a...
« on: September 24, 2020, 06:15:28 AM »
Had an early day at work today, so had to leave the house by 4 am. Slept in the spare bedroom so as not to disturb the wife. Got up at 3:30 am and switched on the light to get dressed, scarfed down a quick cup of joe and a sausage egg biscuit, then out the door. Opened up my car door (unlocked) to find console, glove box, overhead sunglasses holder all open with contents strewn all over the car. Nothing was taken that I can determine, but I believe that's because I probably scared them off when I switched on the bedroom light. The sunglasses, CD's, I-Pass and GPS were all moved but not taken, again leading me to think I interrupted them. My wife's car, which was parked right in front of mine, was untouched.
Why can't people keep their hands to themselves? Get a job.

Sunset Riders / September 21st-Snap-A-Cap Day
« on: September 21, 2020, 08:28:08 AM »
Today, September 21st, is our forum "Snap-A-Cap" day. If you have the opportunity, please snap a cap and drink a toast to our fallen "Sunset Riders" members who have gone on ahead of us and feel free to post a pic or two if you wish.

Powder / Graf's and Sons powder
« on: September 11, 2020, 09:31:37 AM »
Has anyone tried using the Graf's and Sons Graf's brand powder? It's cheaper than Goex, Old Eynsford, Schuetzen or Swiss by a large margin and available in-stock. I would just hate to buy a case of it and be disappointed.

Off-Topic Discussion / In remembrance
« on: September 11, 2020, 07:58:24 AM »
Let's all try to find a moment of silence and remembrance for those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks in 2001

Forum Information / Announcement
« on: August 17, 2020, 11:57:33 AM »
Please welcome Shotgun Dave as the newest member of the Colt Country admin team! Dave has been working diligently and industriously behind the scenes as Global Moderator since last year and has been a tremendous help with not only Colt Country, but the Collector's Forum as well. And now I get to make him work even harder! (7+"

This is a new thread created to remind us of many of the events in our great country's past history that were shaped or affected by black powder guns, and Colts in particular! If you are an amateur historian, please feel free to add any events you know about!
Feel free to add to any day even if already posted.

Off-Topic Discussion / NRA-A Question
« on: August 10, 2020, 11:22:36 AM »
I know virtually everyone here supports the Second Amendment. I also know the majority of us are or were, members of the NRA (National Rifle Association, for the uninitiated).
I am among the latter group (were). I received my latest "guilt letter" from Wayne last week, and am once again on the fence. Here's why:

I believe the NRA has strayed far from it's original vision of supporting the American shooting sports and shooter, and has become nothing more than a tool to wage legalistic warfare against the left, while making Mr. LaPierre a very wealthy man in the process. Nothing wrong with battling the gun-grabbers in my book, but any benefit outside of an embroidered shooting bag (free advertising, anyone?) or a pocketknife (same) and a so-so magazine is hardly worthy of 40 bucks. I was quite majorly disappointed in NRA's recent, and very loud silence during Virginia's attempt at 2A squelching...the cry going out from the people was "Where the hell is the NRA?" They never did show up at that particular dance. So, my question to you is this; support the NRA, "warts and all", or find a different, more useful and dedicated society to donate to? Don't get me wrong; I think we need every line of defense possible, but the post-millenium NRA just isn't ringing any bells with me.
What say you?

Walkers & Dragoons / Walker
« on: July 30, 2020, 08:06:43 AM »
For those of you who might remember, I obtained an old ASM Walker replica from a member here. It was in non-firing condition with multiple issues including missing screws, badly battered wedge, no nipples (cones), and a cylinder gap you could chuck a cat through. I got it mostly functional, but not enough to where I wanted to shoot it. So...off to the Goon it went, earlier this week. I'll keep you all posted on the progress and plenty of pix when I get it back!

Here is the 'before' photo of the Walker after I first got it. Notice the absence of nipples and the loading lever pivot screw. If you look closely you can also see the massive gap between the cylinder and forcing cone.

Sunset Riders / Sunset Riders Roll Call
« on: July 23, 2020, 07:43:02 AM »
Gents, this is the roll call list for our Sunset Riders. Feel free to add any members you know who might have gone on ahead. PLEASE make sure you have confirmed this as FACT and not internet rumor before you add someone to the list!


DD4lifeusmc (Steve)

drjldavis (Dr. Jim Davis)

Sunset Riders / Sunset Riders
« on: July 23, 2020, 07:36:56 AM »
It's been a year since DD4lifeusmc (Steve), rode off into that final sunset. He will be sorely missed. I didn't learn about his passing until September, whereon Len and I hatched a plan to honor his memory by 'snapping a cap' and drinking a toast to his memory, which we carried out last September 21st. We were discussing a redux this year, when I started thinking, hey...most of us are riding the fence north of 50...it would be nice to have a forum dedicated to the memory of those forum members who have gone on ahead, not just Steve. And as Len mentioned, we may not even know who has left the building in some cases.
So, here's the plan. We will have a list right here in this forum of Sunset Riders, and on the 21st of September each year, (preferably between 10:00 pm and midnight in your time zone) anyone who wishes may fire off a round, snap a cap, or if location is compromised by ordinances, laws, HOA or apartment complex issues, pop off a kiddie cap gun...and raise a toast of your favorite beverage in honor and memory of them. This will be a synchronized effort with all 3 blackpowdersmoke forums (1858 Remington, Colt Country, Collector's Forum). Naturally, pictures and videos will be most welcome.

From last year's toast to DD4...

Weapon of Choice (Steve was a big Remmy fan)

Capped and ready to go

A shot of Jameson's and a snapped cap...ride on, Steve...ride on.

Starr / Imagine...
« on: July 17, 2020, 12:27:39 PM »
Imagine this; I've mentioned in the review of my Pietta Starr SA that the design is sort of a one-off curiosity, and that the coolest thing about the design is that it's a break-top like the S&W Schofield. Yes, that is mondo-cool, alrighty...but also as I mentioned in my review of it, it really doesn't buy you anything. The thumb screw is a fine-threaded screw and takes a number of turns to loosen it. Once you do, it comes free of the gun. Bottom line, if you dropped it in the heat of battle, might as well chuck the gun. It's useless. From what I can see, it's design purpose was to allow quick disassembly and easy access for cleaning. Even if spare cylinders were available, you can swap cylinders on a non-fouled Remmy faster.
But, just suppose...Ebenezer Starr had the foresight and ability to replace the thumbscrew with a captive, spring loaded camloc-style 1/4 turn fastener with a folding wingnut grip? :o
And sell this gun with two extra cylinders? The wingnut, folded, would impose no interference (and if it broke off, there could be a screw slot on the end of the stud for removal), and would allow the action to break and flip down in mere seconds. A new loaded cylinder could be inserted in three shakes of a lamb's tail and...game changer. 18 shots at the ready. Naturally there would be some risk in carrying loaded and capped cylinders (would have to be protected against accidental discharge in some manner) but think about the implications! (@+

Other Stainless Guns / Ruger Super Blackhawk
« on: July 13, 2020, 09:28:54 AM »
I purchased this Ruger SBH new back in the late Nineties. I was looking for a nice "Cowboy" gun to accent my collection and this one reached out and grabbed me by the ankle. The fact that is was Stainless and chambered in .44 Remington Magnum made it perfect as a bear protection sidearm for my North Woods hikes. Recoil can be vicious with full-house factory 240gr loads, so I generally shoot using my hand loads of a 240 FNSP or plated bullet over 9.5gr Unique, which still packs punch a-plenty without spraining my wrist. I save the factory loads for my woods walks.

Other Stainless Guns / Stainless 1858 Remington NMA
« on: July 13, 2020, 09:16:02 AM »
Backstory on this gun...the very first black powder gun I ever owned was an 1858 Remington blued version imported by Navy Arms. There were 3 revolvers in the case at the LGS when I went to purchase one; two blued and one SS Remington. While the SS gun was a real drooler, it was a lot more expensive, so I purchased a Navy Arms blued version. I never got to fire it. While playing with it less than a month after purchase, the hand spring broke (which I didn't know anything about at the time) and the cylinder wouldn't always lock into battery. I sorta freaked out and brought it back to the store to see what could be done. The manager knew little or nothing about BP guns and didn't want to deal with repairs. By this time, the other blued version was gone, so he offered to exchange the Navy Arms for the SS version, even-Steven. Twist my arm! No objections on my part!
Turns out is is an Armsport (Miami, FL) import of a Armi San Paolo 1858 manufactured in 1978. It had been in their inventory for quite some time, as this was around 1983. This gun is so easy to feed and care for it's not funny! A quick wipe-down with a damp rag is all it needs but I give 'er the Full Monte every time I shoot it. I've nicknamed it "Old Faithful" because I always drag it along as a backup whether intending to shoot it or not and most times I end up doing just that. It always fires, doesn't experience cap jams, and generally rings the gong every time it goes off.

This was the same gun I used to salute DD4 (Steve) after his untimely passing by snapping a cap in the backyard and toasting his memory (see below)

Colt Cousins / 'Confederate Cousins' in danger?
« on: July 02, 2020, 11:18:26 AM »
Due to the rampant stupidity that appears to be ravaging our great country like a rabid dog (we all know how to handle a rabid dog, right?) one wonders the fate of the collectible sets and reproduction black powder firearms that were used/developed by the South...are the replica companies going to be forced to suspend or eliminate production of those models that "glorify" the Confederacy? ^j)
If you were thinking about starting a collection of some of those firearms, now might be a good time to take stock of your future wants (e.g. the LeMat) and plan accordingly.

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