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I have always had a soft spot in my heart for black powder cap & ball revolvers and have been shooting them off & on since the late 1970's. This model was the first design by Colt that was practical as a belt pistol yet still had satisfactory stopping power. Almost all prior incarnations by Colt were so big and heavy that they were carried in saddle holsters on horses. Wild Bill Hickok,  Robert E. Lee, & Doc Holiday, to name a few, carried the Colt 1851 Navy. The gun was so popular that Colt produced it all the way up to 1873. By then cartridge revolvers were common place.

 

They take about 5 minutes to load, smoke like crazy and foul up the gun quickly. Typically I only shoot 25-35 balls before the action is so dirty that the cylinder doesn't want to turn smoothly. They weren't designed to shoot a lot. Many gun fighters like Hickok carried 2 or 3 at a time in waist belts and just switched to the next gun after the first one was empty!

 

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If you use something like Crisco to seal the front chambers it is about $14.00 per 50 rounds. If you use a lubricated felt wad between the ball and powder it is like $18.50 per 50 rounds.

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That is a nice piece of iron  . . .. .  .the engraving on the cylinder is very cool.

 

This is my 1858 .44 caliber "Bison"  also made in Italy

 

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Gotta love these old smokers . . . . .a lot of fun to shoot . .it's the cleaning part that sucks . . .still worth it.

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I love the 1858 Remington. It is far more reliable than the Colts, easier to remove the cylinder, and the sights are superior. Mine is as accurate as any of my modern handguns. Here is my stainless 1858 .44 Remington that I bought in the mid 1990's. This one is by Pietta - Italy. I like the target sights on yours and that barrel length must give it good accuracy pretty far down range.

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I have always had a soft spot in my heart for black powder cap & ball revolvers and have been shooting them off & on since the late 1970's. This model was the first design by Colt that was practical as a belt pistol yet still had satisfactory stopping power. Almost all prior incarnations by Colt were so big and heavy that they were carried in saddle holsters on horses. Wild Bill Hickok,  Robert E. Lee, & Doc Holiday, to name a few, carried the Colt 1851 Navy. The gun was so popular that Colt produced it all the way up to 1873. By then cartridge revolvers were common place.

 

They take about 5 minutes to load, smoke like crazy and foul up the gun quickly. Typically I only shoot 25-35 balls before the action is so dirty that the cylinder doesn't want to turn smoothly. They weren't designed to shoot a lot. Many gun fighters like Hickok carried 2 or 3 at a time in waist belts and just switched to the next gun after the first one was empty!

that is so cool i love shooting gun and the best are black powder. 

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To be accurate, in my original post I said that cartridge revolvers were common place by 1873. The reality was that shortly after the Civil War the old cap & ball revolvers had cartridge conversion kits so that they could fire metallic cartridges. The first actual cartridge designed revolver came out in 1873 which is the now famous Colt Single Action Army "Peacemaker". That is the most common revolver seen in western TV shows and movies and is known as "The Gun That Won The West". Colt has produced it off and on since then and it is available from Colt today. 

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