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General Discussion / What was your first C & B?
« Last post by tljack on April 13, 2018, 11:33:10 AM »
What was your first cap and ball revolver?

I obtained mine in the late 1970s. At the time I belonged to a "bartering club" We would get coupons for different denomination when we sold something to the store.

I was in the store checking things out one day. I was new to BP shoot back then. My wife had gotten me a Thompson Center Hawken for Christmas the year before.

Searching through things for sale I spied my first revolver. It is a Uberti 1860 Colt with fluted cylinders.  Dr. Davis has told me it is the 3rd one he knew about. One of the other two  is in his possession.

Anyway, I paid for it with a $10. barter coupon!  That was the beginning for me. It has lead me to a wonderful hobby and great fun for many years now!
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General Discussion / Re: What, exactly, is a "collector"?
« Last post by tljack on April 13, 2018, 11:25:16 AM »
To me, a collector is one who specializes in a particular maker, model, type, etc. Me....I am an eclectic "accumulator" of miscellaneous guns.  (j*

Mazo kid, I can agree with you on this. I will add also a collector of miscellaneous gun accessories, especially for cap and ball revolvers, Sharps rifles and carbines and flintlock guns

Terry
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General Discussion / Your interest in C & B revolvers
« Last post by tljack on April 13, 2018, 11:23:08 AM »
I would find it interesting in what you people find that attracts you to cap and ball revolvers.

To me, I simply love to appearance of them and to think that the old timers made these with pretty basic tools and machines. Take any brand and model. I always wonder how they were actually used, who carried them, why they were carried etc. Of course we all know the basics, protection, war etc. These guns had real stories to tell. Of course if I had lots and lots of spare money and knowledge, I'd love to own all originals in pristine condition! That is not going to happen.

I also love the process of loading and shooting them. Believe it or not, I even enjoy cleaning them. Additionally I find casting RBs relaxing in somewhat of a challenge. Obtaining lead and powder inexpensively is a fun challenge too.

I have dabbled in other areas over the years too.  I am always on the look out for old cap tins, manufactures boxes and antique nipple tools, flasks ball molds etc.

I am sure there are other things not coming to mind at the moment that drive me to this hobby. What about you?
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Bullet Moulds / Lead pot repair
« Last post by tljack on April 13, 2018, 11:13:02 AM »
While melting and pouring the ingots of lead from my pot I was not to happy with the condition of the ingots. not that it really matters, but they are all wrinkly and distorted. Came to the conclusion that the orifice must be a bit clogged. I need a good steady stream to insure good quality RBs and bullets. ( I cast them also)

Today I will see about taking it apart and getting the flow better. Will post what I find when I do it.

Terry
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Bullet Moulds / Missing RB mold
« Last post by tljack on April 13, 2018, 11:09:33 AM »
A of days ago I had the good fortune to obtain 95 lbs. of sheet lead from a dentist office remodel!  I discovered a great way to cut it up. A Roto-Zip tool. I had it whacked up and in the lead pot in short order. Anyway, it is now all in ingots ready to become RBs and then shot. I doubt I will ever be able to shoot all the lead I have but that is ok. Better to have to much than not enough.

When I was about finished I had about 20 lbs. in the pot, I decided to see if I needed to cast any balls. Discovered I only have about 100 .451 RBs. Decided to cast a bunch up while the pot was full and hot. Can you believe it? I can not find my mold.  A quick check on E-bay I was able to locate a Lyman with box and papers for $25.00 shipped! Now just waiting for it to arrive!  (j*

Terry
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General Discussion / Where is everyone?
« Last post by tljack on April 13, 2018, 10:39:04 AM »
Come on people! Simply saw hello or share about your afternoon of shooting, casting round balls, oiling your guns or simply just looking at them and imagining the days when they were used.

BTW, it was 40 degrees yesterday and it snowed all day. Even as warm as it was it accumulated 3 1/2".  Sposed to be 46 today so should be gone soon.

Terry
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Army (NMA) Models / Re: Scored another C&B today
« Last post by Captainkirk on April 12, 2018, 05:28:04 PM »
No need to do that. There was a period in my life when I was blessed with extra cash and a craving to obtain as many as I could. I came to the realization that I was obsessed with them. I do not think being obsessed with anything is good. Our Lord being the exception.

Amen to that! ^")
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Army (NMA) Models / Re: Scored another C&B today
« Last post by tljack on April 12, 2018, 11:42:28 AM »

Sounds like I've got some catching up to do. I only have half as many...
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No need to do that. There was a period in my life when I was blessed with extra cash and a craving to obtain as many as I could. I came to the realization that I was obsessed with them. I do not think being obsessed with anything is good. Our Lord being the exception.

Anyway, nowadays I just enjoy what I have and if I occasionally find something and have the cash, I will pick it up. Of course if I am so blessed to have someone give me one like the one that started this thread, I will not turn it down.   :)

I will also admit that I am on the look out for a inexpensive 1860 Colt that I can cut the barrel off and make it into a belly gun.  :P

Terry
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Army (NMA) Models / Re: Scored another C&B today
« Last post by Captainkirk on April 12, 2018, 09:01:39 AM »
I started shooting BP revolvers in the 1970s. Often shoot weekly. I only disassemble my entire gun once a year and give it a good cleaning. I always keep them well lubricated and stay away from WD-40. That is not completely true as I use it on fishing lures.  ;) Have never to this day had any internal rust or corrosion. I have over 40 of them. NP
Sounds like I've got some catching up to do. I only have half as many...
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Army (NMA) Models / Re: Scored another C&B today
« Last post by tljack on April 11, 2018, 01:32:34 PM »
I started shooting BP revolvers in the 1970s. Often shoot weekly. I only disassemble my entire gun once a year and give it a good cleaning. I always keep them well lubricated and stay away from WD-40. That is not completely true as I use it on fishing lures.  ;) Have never to this day had any internal rust or corrosion. I have over 40 of them. NP
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