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 on: Yesterday at 05:18:50 pm 
Started by olskool - Last post by olskool
that's interesting about seating the ball different, i will try it. if that don't work i will make a front sight. thanks to all for the info!

 on: Yesterday at 05:16:03 pm 
Started by Blair - Last post by Sir Charles deMouton-Black
The .44 Henry cf and the .44 American were near-twins as the S&W was initially chambered for the rf Henry round until the US Army demanded a center fire for the trial lot they purchesed.

 on: Yesterday at 04:13:27 pm 
Started by olskool - Last post by Pettifogger
i have a pietta 1851 5in barrel in 44 that shoots a foot high at 20yds. is there anyone who makes a taller front sight? or do i have to remove the original one and make my own? how did they install it? did they just drill and tap a pin in? thanks.....

All 51s shoot high.  They were originally designed to be zeroed at 75 years so the front sight is very low.  No one makes a taller front sight.  You have to make your own.  Most are simply pressed or crimped in place.  Just take a pair of vice grips and pull it out.  You can make a new one out of brass rod and use loctite or solder to hold it in.  Or, you can have someone mill a dovetail and install a blade front sight.  Better sight picture and it allows you to adjust for windage.

 on: Yesterday at 03:55:46 pm 
Started by Dusty Tagalon - Last post by Dusty Tagalon
I took my new acquisition to the Grand Muster last week, shot the last stage as a single shot. I liked the way it handled. I had a lot of fun at the muster, looking forward to the Missouri dept muster at the end of July. As acquired, the Hotchkiss was hard to load the magazine, rounds wouldn't advance from the magazine. Disassembled & fed rounds through the magazine tube, found & corrected a pinch point. Would now load OK, still hanging on the feed. Ordered a Uberti 1866 large caliber magazine tube spring, cut to 4" longer than the tube, feeding good now.


 on: Yesterday at 03:32:07 pm 
Started by Pitspitr - Last post by RattlesnakeJack
Is that a 10# Parrot?

Good eye, RCJ!  Actually it is a 3/4 scale 10# Parrott Rifle tube, produced by Hern Iron Works in Coeur d'Alene, ID ( which we mounted on our own carriage .... closest we could get in size and general configuration to a British 9 Pounder Rifled Muzzle Loading Gun tube, which is what our namesakes actually had in the field during the 1885 North West Rebellion -

Unfortunately, nobody reproduces the 9-pounder barrel .... The most noticeable difference in the barrel profiles is that the reinforced breech of the Parrott does not extend very far forward - ending behind the trunions - whereas on the British 9-pounder tube the reinforce extends ahead of the trunions. We have plans to build up the reinforced section of this barrel (with fiberglass or the like) to more closely resemble the profile of the 9-pounder, then re-paint ...   Grin

 on: Yesterday at 03:07:16 pm 
Started by olskool - Last post by Johnson Barr
Reduce your powder charge to 12 grs. 3Fg plus enough filler to have the ball seat just below the cylinder face. This will lower your point of impact.

 on: Yesterday at 03:03:29 pm 
Started by Trader Dan - Last post by Montana Slim
A shooting pard has given me all of his non-starline cases.....telling me they don't load consistently for him. I really don't recall his setup or rationale, but if he picks up a R-P case anywhere by accident, he passes it along to me. My setup now runs with any cartridge case tried to date, even ugly ones with wrinkled , uneven mouths & minor splits that most would toss.

The same friend also mentions running loaded cartridges back through a sizing die. I've done this, but only with rounds that would not drop into my revolver chambers...& I noticed there's usually some type of imperfection in the cartridge cases needing this special attention.

He's shooting Uberti rifles and Ruger revolvers with the 44-40s...

After the Lee FC die went in to my setup, no more resizing of loaded rounds.

Have you noticed a pattern of one type of case functioning better?


 on: Yesterday at 02:58:53 pm 
Started by Blair - Last post by Blair

Again this is just my understanding, but Winchester used several systems to convert the 1866's from rim to center fire.
There are also known several Gun smith alteration.
George Madis shows several of these variations in his book.
I have know idea as to the time period, without going back a reading the specifics on the subject.
However, I will go back to my copy and look up the pages where this subject is discussed and report back here if there is enough interest.
My best,

 on: Yesterday at 02:55:46 pm 
Started by Fox Creek Kid - Last post by Sarge
When did they change to the twist rate?


 on: Yesterday at 02:34:19 pm 
Started by Blair - Last post by Mike
I read in Evolution of the Winchester by McDowell that a number of 66's were converted to centre fire. There are are picture of the bolts with this convertion.

I would be interested to know how available the centre fire Henry ammunition was against the rimfire vertion. Availability of ammo would govern what guns would be popular and as the further away from the source of surply you are, the smaller the choice.
If a good gun smith is around you get your gun converted?Huh

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