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PIETTA Pietta Model 1860 Army .44 Caliber Revolver

One of the most popular cap-and-ball pistols ever made, this revolver was a mainstay in the Civil War and the weapon of choice of Texas gunfighter John Wesley Hardin and other gunmen. This replica 1860 Army Revolver, .44-caliber boasts a color case-hardened frame, loading lever and hammer. There’s also a naval battle scene on the cylinder. Barrel length: 8". Overall length: 14". Weight: 2 lbs., 11 oz.
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cap problems?

I've always heard that the original Colts and the reproductions had problems with fired caps jamming up the works quite often, compared to others like Remington. How true is this? I want to get one, but don't want to dismantle the weapon every few shots to dig caps out of the works.
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Proper round ball size

On your product research page, you recommend .451 round ball. Pietta's web site owners manual recommends .454 ball. But they also say 15 grns max charge. How do you come to recommend .451 ball..?

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Cabelas makes the recommendation for the .451 round ball simply because it makes it easier to load the Pietta Model 1860 Army .44 Caliber Revolver, Item number ik-210080, with the smaller ball.
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I had the same question and followed Cabelas advice. Guess what? The .451 works perfectly in my Pietta 1860.
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Use the.454 round ball. When you ram the ball home it shaves a ring of lead off the ball for a tight fit that way you can't get a chain fire from the front. Use 25 to 30 grains of black powder and a lubricated felt wad. Works great. The chambers are .450 so a .451 ball will work but the.454 is better.
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Is this authentic enough for re enactment and demo purposes? Some people will be shown this up close.

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This is a carbon copy of the original so my answer would be it sure is authentic enough. I have had more than one comment how good this gun looked and will add it shoots good to.
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Yes, it's as close as the real thing your gonna find!
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For demo purposes, no issue. For reenactment up close experiences, you will want to "de-farb" it. You will get "yea, this is a nice gun, but far-be it from me to tell you that it isn't quite up to standards with all those Italian markings stamped all over it.” Basically a nice way of telling you that you don’t have a piece that is authentic looking enough. A gunsmith can remove the stamp markings.
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I have handled actual antique arms from the civil war. This looks like it was delivered by a time machine. It is a perfect choice.
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Very much so, if you left it out in the snow for a couple month it would take a dealer to know it wasn't made in 1860.
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Yes.
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What is the max Triple se7en FFFG load for the 1860?

I understand that Triple se7en FFFG is supposed to be volumetrically equivalent to Black Power FFFG. But some say Triple se7en is hotter than Black Powder. What is the max Triple Se7en load for the 1860?
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Due to liability issues, we are not able to recommend any specific loads. We are only able to recommend that you follow a load manual produced by a reputable manufacturer.
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30 gr will give 820 fps and would be safe. I use 28 gr BP and it gives 715 fps both of these would be mild shooting loads.
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Max recommended load is 30gr, same as with "real" black powder.
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What is the screw on left side above the wedge for?

The screw above the wedge does not seem to do anything, and is not mentioned in any of the guides, manuals, or even any of the hundreds of YouTube videos on this gun. Removing it may (or may not) make replacing the wedge easier, I haven't figured it out yet. The wedge on mine is way too tight to simply push out by finger pressure, as some videos show, even after a dozen disassemblies. I dinged the right side around the wedge trying to use a drift pin and hammer (as shown on one of Cabels'a own videos), but finally tried a plastic headed hammer directly on the wedge and that works fine. The small spring on the wedge seems much too strong; can it be weakened without damaging it?
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The Wedge screw on the Pietta Model 1860 Army .44 Caliber Revolver, item # IK-210080, is designed to keep the wedge in place and should be loosened, but not removed, before the wedge is removed. It should be tightened again after the wedge has been replaced. Attempting to change the springs or any other part will void the warranty. Removal and re insertion become easier over time.
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Wedge screw is not to be taken out it is there to keep you from loosing the wedge only !
spring can be adjusted by putting a small spacer under it and then using a pair of pliers with added cushioning so not to damage wedge squeeze the spring down till you are satisfied with tension .
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I did not know what the screw was for, either!

After watching some YouTube videos, it appears that the screw acts as a stop to prevent the wedge from leaving the frame. You are *supposed* to be able to push the wedge back until the lip on the spring hits the screw head, and then remove the barrel. In this way you can't lose the wedge.

Unfortunately, on my Pietta when I push the wedge out until it stops on the screw head I still can't remove the barrel - the wedge is not backed out far enough. I may have to remove some material from the nose of the wedge.

Like you, my wedge is very tight and I cannot remove it by finger pressure, I have to tap it out with a piece of wood.
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In theory I believe the screw you refer to is the retainer for the wedge - instead of removing it completely, you pull it out until the spring snaps into the slot on the underside of the screw head. On mine the wedge was inserted incorrectly (from the wrong side) so that was not obvious at first.
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That screw is there to catch the top of the spring on the wedge to keep it from falling out. You really do not need the spring on the wedge as it is there to stop on that screw to keep the wedge in the gun. So if you remove the spring it will not make any difference other than you may have the wedge fall to the ground when you push it out. Bad deal for the mounted Calvary changing cylinders not so much for you.
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The screw is actually meant to retain the wedge so that it doesn't pop all the way out. It should hang up on the little lip on top of the spring. Although mine generally pops out anyway. I figured out where my wedge was too tight by looking at the wear Marks, and then put some 400 grit sandpaper on a pice of glass (for a true flat) and slowly shrunk it to fit better. I can't say about the spring tension, but if you loose a few thousandths on the bottom of the wedge it won't feel so tight. A sharpie will red lack the wedge surprisingly well.
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What is the recomended maximum powder charge for this 1860 Colt?

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The Pietta Model 1860 Army .44 Caliber Revolver, item # IK-210080, is rated for a maximum powder charge of 35 grains FFFg or equivalent. The recommended load for accuracy is 20-30 grains FFFg or equivalent.
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historical loads are 30 grains fffg. black powder
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28 grains of Pyrodex, or 35 grains of Goex black powder. One experienced black powder shooter recommended starting with 20 grains of Goex, but that small a load requires adding corn meal or several felt wads to ensure the ball compresses the powder. I found the recoil so light using 20 gr of Pyrodex that I think almost any male should be able to use the maximum recommended measures.
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I shoot 30 grains of blackpowder in the 1860 Army.
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The service charge was 30 grains of powder. You won't be able to put much more than that in and still seat the ball.
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What should I use for cleaning and care?

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I use a mixture of 25% Simple Green and 75% hot water. That's with real black Powder. I have shot Pyrodex and it seem to clean up the same.
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hot soapy water with a wire brush down the barrel,
take the wood grips off.
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The easiest by far is hot soapy water, followed by light oiling. Most gun shops carry oils recommended for this, along with BP cleaning solutions that are not really any better or easier than hot water.
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I like to use Ballistol for cleaning and lubricating my cap and ball revolvers.
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Hot soapy water works fine to clean black powder guns. You don't need to disassemble the entire firearm every time you clean, though it should be done everyone once in a while to make sure the internal components are cleaned and lubricated.

Usually I remove the grips (one screw on the butt, 2 on either side of the trigger), then remove the barrel and cylinder and put them all (except the grips of course) in hot soapy water in my utility sink, and swish them around and scrub them with a tooth brush and a cleaning rod with brass brush and patches.

Afterwards you shake them off well and blast them with compressed air - particularly blowing into the action to make sure all the water is gone.

Then I go over the gun and bore with Ballistol, and I squirt Rem Oil liberally into the action to protect against any residual water that might be in there.
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I use vinegar based Windex, the clear version, to clean my BP revolvers and rifles. It dissolves fouling better than any solvent I have tried. I remove the nipples and put them in a small dish of Windex to soak, then use a brass brush that is not overlarge on a rod and apply the Windex freely to the bore and cylinders. I use a plastic gun cleaning tooth brushes, available from Cabela's, to clean the frame. I dismantle the frame on revolvers after a long period of shooting, but not for a half dozen shots. I wipe the barrel and cylinders with cotton patches until I find no more fouling or moisture. Pipe cleaners are excellent for cleaning nipples and touch holes. When the cleaning is done, I lubricate with Rem Oil, and check them a few days later for signs of residual fouling. It's not as difficult as some think to clean and maintain BP firearms.
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Can the Hodgdon ffg powder be used in the 1860 44 cal revolver safely?

If yes, at what grain, 25 - 30?
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The Pietta Model 1860 Army .44 Caliber Revolver, item # IK:210080, is designed to use FFFG powder only, not FFG.
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I wouldn't recommend it. stick with fffg black
powder and 30 grains.
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You can use 25or 30 ! which will be the best for accuracy you will find out , I only use 3F in pistols , if you have a problem with load not being able to get bullet in cylinder reduce load .
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My buddy is the one who got me into these revolvers and all he fires is ffg. He likes to fill the cylinder till there is barely enough room to jamb the ball in, never seen him pick up any kind of powder measuring tool. I personally do not recommend loading in this manner. ffg is just a slightly larger granular, burns a little slower and produces a little less pressure. The biggest drawback to ffg will be the additional residue it leaves behind, slower cooler burn means less efficient which equals more mess to clean out.
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A lot of shooters use ff in place of fff the ff is little slower burning as the powder is coarser. I would still use 20 to 25 grains for best results. I have found that less powder means better accuracy but you need to experiment wit that. For me it is 22 grains.
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In some reviews a wooden case was mentioned, does this still come in a wooden case ?

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The standard 1860 revolver is shipped in a Cabelas card board box. It is a very nice revolver.
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The Pietta Model 1860 Army .44 Caliber Revolver, item number IK-210080, does not come with a wooden box.
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Unless you specifically purchase one that comes with a wooden case, it does not come with a wooden case but in a cardboard box with a styrofoam insert.
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Not as of June, 2013. At least mine did not come with a case.
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How many shots can you get on the nipples before you need to change them

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so long as you don't abuse them and have them screwed in properly they will last the life of the gun. I've been shooting since LBJ was president and have never had one that needed replacing.
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I shot mine a hundred times with no wear to the nipples at all. Don't dry fire this gun and clean it well and I think the nipples will last just about forever.
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I have never seen nipples that needed to be changed, but what I did was get a set of stainless steel nipples from pietta, and it seems easier to clean those over the originals.
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I use Remington caps, and 27 grains of Graf and Sons BP, in mine. I'll let you know when I need to replace the nipples, but, so far I've got about 500 shots per cylinder and they are still working fine.

BTW: my 1851 has over 1,000 shots per with the original nipples!
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The biggest thing that kills nipples is dry firing - don't do it! Dry firing percussion firearms results in the hard steel hammer beating up the hard steel nipple and both will be damaged.

So long as you don't do that the nipples should last hundreds and hundreds, even thousands of shots through normal use.
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Can a 18 year old buy a cap and ball revolver?

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Cabela’s makes no representations or provides no legal advice that any item is legal to purchase or possess in your location. Please check with your local authorities to confirm legality in your area to purchase the Pietta Model 1860 Army .44 Caliber Revolver, item # IK-210080.
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Depends on where you live. There are almost 0 federal regulations on black powder percussion revolvers. Check with your local or state authorities, and the seller.
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What is hammer blowback these models get?

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There is always pressure coming back to the hammer thru the nipple. That can cause the cap to come off easily and possibly jam the revolver. If you use proper cap this is not a big problem. Some people enlarge the hole in the nipple, this can cause problems by putting undue pressure on the hammer.
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The Pietta Model 1860 Army .44 Caliber Revolver, item IK-210080, like any percussion firearm, has pressure emanating from the ignition chamber once the hammer ignites the percussion cap. The inertia of the hammer usually contains the pressure under the fired cap, but it can dislodge the copper shell or partially dislodge it. While this helps to remove the fired cap, it can also cause the cap debris to fall into the action when the hammer is recocked for the next chamber. Some rifle nipples use a taper to minimize the blowback or vent the nipple shaft to redirect it; pistol nipples are punched or machined straight through.
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is it necessary to use wads when loading the 1860 army,or can you just put the ball on top of the powder charge?

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Wads are not necessary when loading the Pietta Model 1860 Army .44 Caliber Revolver item number IK-210080 providing the ball is a tight fit.
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You don't necessarily need a wad under the ball or bullet. But you should use a ball size that leaves a small ring shaved off when rammed home into the cylinder and also apply some Crisco or other black powder lubricant on top of each ball at the front of the cylinder.
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It is not necessary but it is a very good idea. If you use a .454 ball that makes a good tight fit, then if you use grease over the ball that will take the place of the wad. You want to prevent chain fires (multiple cambers firing at the same time) from occurring. This is best prevented by using wads or grease and having tight fitting caps on all of the revolver's nipples.
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For proper chamber loading in a cylinder, the ball must rest directly atop the powder, slightly compressing it so that there is no air space between ball & powder. A simple procedure when you're loading a full 50 grains of powder into your Dragoon, or 35 grains into your 1858 Remington or 1860 Colt. Should you wish to load a more accurate target load of 15 to 25 grains of powder into any chamber, you may notice that the ram length of your Colt or Remington isn't long enough to seat the ball deeply enough to actually compress the powder. As a result, your accuracy will suffer.

To remedy this problem, people began using a filler, such as corn meal or grits. It works fine, but is kinda messy to dispense.

Moving forward towards the end of the 20th century, felt wads mane their appearance. They take up that air space, allow light powder compression, and the lubricated variety eliminate that old wives' tale feelgood of gooping up the end of the cylinder with Crisco. Results are tighter groups on paper, no excess coat of Crisco or ball lube all over the frame to accumulate powder residue & make frequent cleaning mandatory in order just to maintain reliable mechanical functionality. A felt wad also serves to lightly wipe down the barrel as it travels the length of the bore during firing.

A simple piece of 2 ply toilet paper makes a superb wad. Use 1/2 sheet folded & rammed into place for .44, and 1/4 sheet for .36 - you need only place a tiny dab of ball lube on the base of the ball prior to seating - simple, cheap & readily available wad material.

Another alternative is to use a benchtop style loading tool. I have 2 different kinds, and with one, I could push a ball deeply down into the very bottom of a chamber. Nevertheless, I always use either felt or paper wad, since I can shoot all day, using minimal ball lube, preventing build up of enough fouling to seize up the revolver action.
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Wads are highly recommend both to reduce the probability of chain fires and to minimize powder fouling.

If you don't use wads you MUST use grease over the balls. Crisco will work but "Borebutter" or equivalents are less messy, especially in hot weather.
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I noticed with mine, when I put the powder in, then a lubed up wad, and then the ball, the wad blowing through the barrel reduced the powder build up. But lately, I've just been shooting powder and balls because I ran out of wads. If you are worried about chain fires, my opinion is if you get balls that shave off a ring of lead when you ram it home, that should be enough to seal off that chamber so chain fires won't happen.
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What size caps are used on the 1860 .44 cal.revolver?

#10 or #11
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We recommend the use of #10 caps with the Pietta Model 1860 Army .44 Caliber Revolver, Item # IK-210080.
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The new Remington #10 caps fit very well on all of the current Pietta revolvers. I use them all the time now.
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I have been using # 11 Remington caps very successfully on all my Pietta cap and ball revolvers.

The best source is Cabela's where you can purchase 1000 at a time. Even with shipping and hazardous material fees they end up cheaper than what I'm paying at sporting goods stores in Houston.
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I use # 10s because they fit on there nice and snug. I can holster the gun, take it out, shoot it, and never have a problem with caps falling off from the recoil, or bumps and pulls.
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Caps # 10 Elevens will fall off unless squeezed out of round , Use # 10 caps .
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I find #10 fits best on mine.
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Yep, 10's fit best but 11's are fine if you don't mind pinching them a bit. Hard as it is to find caps today, I'll buy either when I can find them.
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autohunter, where did you find conversion cyclinder for this gun

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Richards conversion , Cimmeron guns Texas
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Is this revolver ( item# IK-210080 ) have the backstrap ready to be mated with a shoulder stock

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The Pietta Model 1860 Army .44 Caliber Revolver, item number IK-210080, will have the backstrap. The Pietta 1860 Army Black-Powder Revolver Shoulder Stock, item number IK-218127, will convert a black-powder Pietta 1860 Army Model revolver into a compact carbine with a removable shoulder stock.

http://www.cabelas.com/pistols-revo...
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The Pietta 1860 Army has the notch on the bottom of the backstrap and the cut outs on the lower edge of the recoil shields behind the cylinder. Hope this helps.JGW.
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Yes. The ARMY model is ready for the stock, just like the original version of the pistol. There is now a civilian 44 pistol offered for sale, this does NOT have the stock modifications which are: a fourth screw in the frame and notches milled in the recoil shields.
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Yes, this is the military model with stock attachment screws in the frame and the cut in the bottom of the back strap.
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what size replacement nipples does this revolver use

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The Pietta Model 1860 Army .44 Caliber Revolver, item #, IK:210080, use 6 x .75 pistol nipples, the following replacement nipples work with this revolver.

Pedersoli Revolver Nipple Wrench with 6 Replacement Nipples Item #: IK: 210271
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6-.75 #10 caps
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All Pietta cap and ball revolvers use 6 X 75 mm nipples which are available from Cabela's. Some people use the Tresco and SlixShot nipples in this size, preferring them over the Pietta's.
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Does this revolver have a cast steel frame or a forged steel frame?

I got me one of these revolvers during the beginning of the year and would like to know if the frame is made of cast or forged steel.
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The Pietta Model 1860 Army .44 Caliber Revolver has a forged, case hardened frame.
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The frames on Pietta revolvers are investment cast steel. This isn't a bad thing. All Ruger revolvers use castings.
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Where can I get parts for my Pietta Model 1860 Army .44 Caliber Revolver?

I need a Trigger and bolt spring. Pietta part # 502.
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The Pietta Model 1860 Army .44 Caliber Revolver does have some parts available which can be found by placing item number 214052 in our web site search box.
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VTI Gun Parts.
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What do you use to load/shoot your 1860 army?

i'm new to owning and shooting black powder guns. I'd appreciate tips and which brands and accessories i need to enjoy this experience.
Black powder or Pellets??
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For the Pietta Model 1860 Army .44 Caliber Revolver (210080) a Cabela's Black-Powder Revolver Starter Kit (216053) is available to get started.

See the Buyer's Guide in the product description for additional information.
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#10 caps .451 or .454 balls 30 gr fffg shoot very well
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I am an experienced black powder shooter. While BP and lead balls are very accurate; due to restrictions on the indoor range where I am member, I am shooting low powered smokeless 45 Colt cartridges by using a conversion cylinder.
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I use both .451 and .454 round lead balls with 20 to 25 gr of FFF Pyrodex, I've never used pellets in a pistol I do not know if they work, be sure you remeber that Black powder and Pyrodex are measured by volume not weight. use a powder measure.
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I shoot 30 grains of Triple 7 FFFG powder with Hornaday .454 balls and lubed wool wads topped off with Bore Butter. Shoots great and is a blast to shoot.
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You will want to use either true triple F black powder or any of the black powder substitutes for pistols, like pyrodex. The pellets are not made in small grain loads, (25 grain and under for pistols) and do not give a quick discharge like the powdered types. Also just as a tip, when you get your cylinder loaded place some bore butter or some type of lubricating grease (even crisco shortening) on top of your bullets or round balls to help lubricate the bullet down the bore, this creates less lead fouling, and makes better accuracy.
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I shoot the Hodgdon pellets-with wool lubed pads and a .451 ball. Mine shoots perfect to the POA@ 50'
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