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PIETTA Pietta Model 1851 Confederate Navy .44 Caliber Black Powder Revolver

Although designated as a Navy revolver, the Model 1851 saw heavy use among Army officers who favored .44-caliber firepower. It was constructed of brass because of the South's limited supply of steel. Patterned after the original, the Pietta Model 1851 Confederate Navy .44 Caliber Black Powder Revolver features a brass trigger guard and frame, blued octagonal barrel, blued cylinder and walnut grips. Spare cylinder (sold separately) provides quick reloads. Barrel length: 7.5”. OAL: 13.25”. Wt: 2.625 lbs.
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can this BP revolver be converted to use the 209 primer

I would like to convert to 209 primers because the # 10 caps are as scarce as Hens teeth.
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Cabelas at this time does not offer a 209 conversion kit for the Pietta Model 1851 Confederate Navy .44 Caliber Revolver, Item # Ik-210086.
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It would be an impractical conversion, and I believe there is not enough room on the revolver to do it safely. If you can't find any #10 caps, buy #11s. When you find them, buy a thousand, it will take a very long time to go through them.
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No. Best replacement is the stainless nipples in no# 11 size.
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No you can't convert it. But you can order Size 11 or 10 caps online.
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which percussion cap works best

The last time I shot my Pietta Model 1851, the CCI #10 caps were not going off. This is the 4th time I have used the gun. I have cleaned / taken it apart, after each time I have used it, making sure the nipple's are clean, and not blocked.
The gun is 3 months old, and I have shot maybe 40 rounds over that time. The last time I used it, I was able to shoot 10 rounds, using about 30 caps. I tried shooting the same caps 3 times while they were still on the nipples. The last round did not go off at all. Should the caps be put on tight or just snug?
Will a #11CCI cap resolve this problem, or should I try another brand?

Thank you for your help.
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The Pietta Model 1851 Confederate Navy .44 Caliber Revolver, item number IK-210086, is designed to be used with #10 caps. The caps should be fully seated when they are put on.
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Find some Remington #10's and shoot happy. The CCI #10's are too tight to fire reliably. #11's will work if that's all you can find, but they are loose and will fall off if you don't pinch them.
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I have used Remington #10 and #11 with no problem but the #11s fall off more after firing.
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Will the 1851 Navy fit in the Hunter Company Western Double-Loop Holster (Item: IK-221363)?

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The Pietta Model 1851 Confederate Navy .44 Caliber Revolver, item number IK-210086, could be used with the Hunter Company Western Double-Loop Holster, item number IK-221363.
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Can you shoot round silver .454 balls with this?

Can you shoot .454 round balls made of silver with this pistol?
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The Pietta Model 1851 Confederate Navy .44 Caliber Revolver, Item #IK-210086, is designed only to use lead rounds. Please view instruction manual for more information.
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I would not recommend trying it as silver is a much harder metal than the soft lead they use for revolver round balls or "conicals". Using silver could damage the cylinder and possibly void the warranty.
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load it light brass frame cant handle heavy loads
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If you're looking to shoot vampires, you can shoot silver balls. Otherwise, you'll need to shoot lead balls. .454 is correct for Army revolvers.
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Yes you can fire .454 lead, or silver out of the revolver. I personally have not used silver (only .454 lead), but a guy at the range has and states it works wonderfully.
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Yes, I do, but I have also shot .451 balls. I also own several single shot .45 guns that use .440 balls and a lubed patch, and this works well also in this gun in my experience, as it eliminates having to use grease to seal the cylinders.
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how long can i keep my 1858 loaded before shooting it

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We do recommend that the Pietta Model 1851 Confederate Navy .44 Caliber Revolver, item number IK-210086, never be stored while loaded. The powder can and will absorb moisture in the air causing issues with rust and hang/failures to fire.
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As long as the powder is kept dry, and free from ball lube, grease or oil contamination, it could be kept loaded indefinitely. Black Powder arms and cannon projectiles left from the Civil war or earlier, have been discovered loaded, and the powder was still viable.

The main disadvantage to keeping a black powder firearm loaded is the possibility of corrosion forming due to moisture getting into the powder.

A tight-fitting ball, and either shellac, nail polish or even properly applied beeswax at the cap/nipple junction is mandatory to seal it all up.

Unless you can ensure a long-loaded black powder arm has dry powder within, I'd not rely on it for defensive purposes, due possibility of misfire.
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I have kept my 1851 loaded for 2 months at a time and no corrosion and it still fired great. with curious children around I would advise you to be careful about where you store it.
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What is the proper powder charge for the 1851 Navy .44?

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The Pietta Model 1851 Confederate Navy .44 Caliber Revolver is rated for a maximum load of 25 grains FFFg black powder or equivalent. Best accuracy will be found by using a reduced charge.
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24 gr Pyrodex P produced a noticeable kick, but gradually reducing to 18 grain did not reduce accuracy under 50 yards at all. Did add filler (cream of wheat, but i'm told corn meal is as good) to bring the ball forward and get good compression of the charge. Will try to back down to 15 gr to see if the accuracy is still OK since i'm only punching paper. Also may try Pyrodex RS since the local shops tend to stock it more often. Less complete burn - lower pressures, bigger flame...
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Bear in mind, this is a brass frame. It can be subjected to normal stress but do NOT exceed 25 grains of powder. Since it is black powder, it burns slower than modern smokeless powder so it is imperitive that you clean it a lot more often. It is easy to field strip and if you buy the ratcheting nipple wrench at Cabelas, easy to clean and lube the nipples. I use boiling hot water with a little dish soap to scrub things up and then lube the moving parts with bore butter when dry. Happy shooting.
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I use 20 grains and have great accuracy out to 25 yards. Most recommend between 18-22 grains. 25 grains is the max charge.
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I would use a max of 20-22 grains only. Brass frame revolvers should not be loaded to the max because of the soft nature of the brass. If you use 20-22 grains your gun should last for years to come. If you have a 36 cal brass revolver, then 15-18 is what I would use.
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15-30 grain pellets or loose Pyrodex powder.
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With a 44 Caliber ( 28g ) of powder = Pyrodex FFg !.
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To add to my earlier question, what are the min. and max. charges for the 1851 Navy .44 and are these guns suitable for any type of hunting?

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There is not a minimum load for the Pietta Model 1851 Confederate Navy .44 Caliber Revolver but, the maximum is 25 grains of FFFG powder or equivalent. The pistol does provide enough knockdown for small to medium game but, you will want to check your local regulations on firearm restrictions before you attempt to hunt with it.
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Max recommended charge is 25 grains. This is due to the brass frame of the pistol.
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you better know you can.I have taken seven deer with average range from 20 to 42 yards out max.But you must put some time on the range.It shoots 2in high and 1in to the left at 25 yards and you got to have a steady hand.So put some time on the range and get to know your target
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Min loose powder charge 15 grains for simple target practice and accuracy up to 30 for shooting game. Can be used to hunt with very accurate pistol with quite a bit of power. You will be surprised. However higher amounts of use with the larger powder charges will wear out brass framed revolvers quicker. If you plan on shooting them every so often and at the excellent price they sell for I wouldn't worry about it for they will last a long time as long time just keep them clean.
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30-40 grains do well, I just eyeball mine to about 3/4.
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Min FFg pyrodex 25g to FFg 35g Pyrodex !
You Can Hunt with this item ! "BUT" For a Better Kill
I would advise a 50 Caliber long gun from Cabela's!
Unless You Wan't to chase a wounded animal!. db.
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I have a 1851 Pietta 36 cal. navy revolver with steal frame. What do i need to put larger grips on? I was told the 1860-61 grips are larger in size.

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At this time Cabela's does not offer different grips or any hardware needed to put different grips on the Pietta Model 1851 Confederate Navy .44 Caliber Revolver, item number IK-210086.
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These are Antique Reproductions'! any Modification May Damage The Gun! The Grips' that Come Stock with this Gun are intended to Stay on the Gun, Why Modify?
Remember! These Reproductions' were made for the
Match of the original Guns' Used Back in that Date!
The People who fired these Guns' were Smaller People than today's People, So they had Smaller Hands'!
Also Any modification May Cause Problems'!. db.
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Can this gun be reloaded on its own, or must the cylinder be removed and a separate reloading tool be used?

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The Pietta Model 1851 Confederate Navy .44 Caliber Revolver can be loaded without removing the cylinder.
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either way, you can use the packer made on to the pistol or you buy a loader stand. On the Colt model it is best to load on the pistol, the Rem. model the Cyl. removes really easy.
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Yes it can be reloaded without removing the cylinder and you don't need tools there on the gun
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The cylinder does not have to be removed. The stand that holds the pistol upright is nice but I built my own. I doubt the guys back then disassembled them every time they reloaded them. Now the 1858 remington new army is different as the cylinder can be removed without disassembly and a loaded spare popped right in there.
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The design of the Revolver includes all of the built in tools needed to load the cylinder chambers with no dis-assembly. The only reason to remove the cylinder is to do a thorough cleaning and lubrication.
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It is made to load with out taking the cylinder out, you just stand it up with one hand and oerate the lever with the other. I made a couple loading blocks to hold the guns strait up so they are easier and quicker to load at the range. You can see examples on line. Cabela's has a very good video on line showing how to load and one on how to clean, check them out if you have not. With practice it gets easier.
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You can remove the cylinder to swap for a loaded one but with this model it usually requires a brass punch and hammer to knock out the pin to get the revolving chamber out so it is not advised. I only take my chamber out everytime after shooting for cleaning. You load the gun with the chamber in place with the built in ram rod. If you want to remove the revolver chamber easier look at the Pietta Model brand 1858 Texan revolver brass framed. Beautiful and the chamber removes quickly from a slide pin under the built in loading rod.
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is there a way i can convert this to cartredges or regular .44 bulets?

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No. The brass frame will not support stress of regular 44 bullet. You need a 44 caliber revolver that has a all metal frame.
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Yes, look for a Conversion Cylinder. They usually cost more then the gun so I don't think they are worth it. You will be able to shoot .45 LC cowbow loads. Personally I don't think it is worth the expense.
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Yes...There is a kit you can buy from a variety of manufactuers. Kirst Konverters is one.
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There are conversion kits available for 1851 Colt Navy models, but the Pietta has a brass frame which can't take the power cartridge conversions put out. If you have a steel framed revolver it's possible to buy a conversions but never for brass framed revolvers.
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.451 or .454 roundballs for this revolver?

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The Pietta Model 1851 Confederate Navy .44 Caliber Black Powder Revolver, Item # IK-210086, uses .451" diameter lead balls.
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I've tried both sizes and they both work fine. The .451 balls are a little easier to seat, but again, both sizes seat and seal properly.
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either will work I like .454 leaves a couple of thousands lead ring when you set the ball. known tight seal in the cylinder. much less chance of a cross fire between cylinder Always pure lead only
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Either will work. The smaller .451 is just a little easier to load. If you like the tighter seal of the .454, a light coat of Bore Butter helps seat it.
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What is the diferance between the 1851 Confederate Navy Colt and an 1851 Dragoon Colt?

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A 1851 Dragoon Colt is a Cavalry issued revolver that could hold more powder, and had a longer barrel than the Pietta Model 1851 Confederate Navy .44 Caliber Revolver, Item # IK-210086.
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Do you have to cover each ball in the cylinder with bore butter before shooting?

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Long ago when I first began shooting Cap and Ball revolvers, everyone claimed that it was necessary to cover the seated balls in the chambers with grease to prevent chainfires. Crisco was the grease of choice at the time. Consider that if the ball you seat is tight enough to shave off a ring of lead as you seat it, there will be no lead-to-chamber wall gap that would allow a spark to set off an adjacent chamber.

Since then it has been suggested that loose fitting caps on a nipple allow flashover from nipple to nipple, causing the chainfire. Whenever you hear a shooter telling about how its' necessary for them to pinch a loose (too big) cap to prevent it from falling off, they're a prime candidate for flashover/chainfires.

Bore Butter is better suited for use as a patch lube for shooting patched round balls in a muzzle loading rifle.

A better solution is to use lubed felt wads between powder and ball. If you plan to be out on a warm day carrying your revolver loaded, consider first warming up the felt wads and pressing them between paper towels to remove excess lube that could otherwise work into the powder load when compressed.

I use either the felt wads, or more often a square of toilet paper that has been folded up around a tiny dab of beef tallow + beeswax ball lube mixture. I pack it over the powder with the ball ram, and then seat the ball.

It doesn't take much lube to be effective, and using too much of it will lead to quicker fouling build-up.
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Not if you're using lubed wads. If you are simply charging the cylinder and seating the ball then yes...you will need to put bore butter (I personally use Crisco, it's a heck of a lot cheaper).
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When reloading the cylinder on the Pietta Model 1851 Confederate Navy .44 Caliber Revolver, item # IK-210086, it is necessary to seal every chamber with bore butter before shooting to guard against ignition of any of the chambers from sparks that might be released when firing the gun. This is a very important safety issue.
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You do not have to. However with either bore butter and/or crisco covering the ball, you are eliminating the risk of chain fire. Even with a very tight fit of the ball sitting in the cylinder, there is no guarantee that a chain fire will not occur if bore butter/Crisco is not used.
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Is this considered a "relic"?

Is this handgun considered a relic firearm? Does this firearm require an ATF collectors license to obtain?
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The Pietta Model 1851 Confederate Navy .44 Caliber Revolvers, Item # IK-210086, are classified as "Antique/Black Powder" firearms. Please consult local law
enforcement for limitations and requirements that be applicable in your area.
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depends on the state you live in
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It is not considered a firearm per BATFE. It is also legal to open carry it in public in Texas without any license.
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You do not have to fill out AFT forms for Black Powder. You walk into Cabela's, pick out the black powder gun you want, walk up to the register and pay for it. You can also order them online, with no ATF forms.
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This is not a relic but a reproduction. It does not require any licensing to purchase except what your state may impose. My wife ordered mine on line and it came via UPS. I suggest that you do not order Black Powder or Synthetic Replacements through the mails/ UPS. There is a substantial Hazardous materials fee tacked on. Find a local store that sells black powder or the replacements.
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Yes, it's a relic or an antique. There's no ATF form or license required as it's not considered a modern firearm. Check the laws in your individual state.
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What belt holster do you recommend with this Conf. Navy 44?

I am looking for both a right and left handed holster I am right handed and my son, who also has the same pistol, is left handed.
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The Triple K Western-Style Holster, item # IK-210179, is available in a left and right-hand model and will work with the Pietta Model 1851 Confederate Navy .44 Caliber Revolver, item # IK-210086.
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how long can i keep my 1851 loaded

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I am experimenting with black mz load.. In the house 3 weeks.. I will post results.. Black MZ should allow more time loaded... The stuff is very moisture resistant...
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It loses power over time while loaded,because the powder draws up moisture. If possible fire it weekly and of course clean it well,then reload. That is what they did back in the day. It will still fire after a month or more loaded and the more you shield it from temp changes and moisture the better.
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My understanding is...you can keep the cylinders charged forever. They dug up a cap and ball revolver from the Civil War that was still charged. They replaced the caps and it fired. As long a the powder does not get contaminated with water, you should be good to go. Personally, I have left mine loaded for months at a time with no issue.
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Can;t remove wedge for initial cleaning any hints?

Does the wedge screw need to be loosened and or removed? don't want to damage weapon. any feedback would be appreciated.
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Here is a video that will assist you in cleaning your Pietta Model 1851 Confederate Navy .44 Caliber Revolver.
http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/c...
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The screw does not need to removed when removing the wedge. Just use a plastic or wood mallet to tap the wedge out. For me , I just used the plastic end of a screw driver, and after a few taps it came out.
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You have to loosen or sometimes remove the wedge screw, and then knock the wedge out from the other side with a punch and hammer. After doing that a couple times the wedge will easily go in and out by hand
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Absolutly dude,then just tap out wedge with a screwdriver,dont be shy,you really can't hurt it.
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No use a brass ,wood or plastic mallot to tap it out.
turn the chamber a 1/2 click and use the ram to push the barrel out then remove the cylinder, cleaning them is also on utube
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I use the wood handle on a butcher knife to strike the wedge, it will loosen it up, you do not have to loosen screw.
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I use the short pointed tip of a elk antler to depress the wedge leaf spring and to start the wedge moving. It does not mare up the fine finish of the gun.
No the screw does not need to be loosened but doing so makes it easer to remove the wedge from the gun as well as easer to get the wedge started back in.
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Small dead blow hammer or small rubber mallet works great
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What is the easiest way to get the pin out for takedown?

I watched videos on youtube and they just punched it out. I was banging it with a mallet and then the back end of a screwdriver but it would not budge. I was afraid I would break the gun.
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The Pietta Model 1851 Confederate Navy .44 Caliber Revolver, Item: IK-210086, will be difficult to take apart the first few times. Use a non marring non metalic punch to assist in the take down.
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I hold the gun firmly in both hands place both thumbs on the pin and press till the little clip gives then just pull it out from the left side
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take screw out. and use blunt tool to push out pin.gun is made very good and tight.
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I use a small hard rubber hammer-mallet. Works perfectly.
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What size cast bullet?

Many .44 black powder revolvers use .456 cast bullets - will that also work in this revolver?
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The .456 and .457 cast bullets you refer to are most generally used for the black powder cartridge based .45 Long Colt round and are of a harder lead alloy than those for cylinder loaded .44 black powder revolvers.
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Recommended Lead ball diameter for the Pietta Model 1851 Confederate Navy .44 Caliber Revolver, item # IK-210086 is .451 inch.
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Can this gun be shot using Pyrodex® .44/.45 Caliber 30-Grain Pellets sold by Cabelas?

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Pyrodex® .44/.45 Caliber 30-Grain Pellets Item # IK-213724 can be used in any .44 or .45 black powder pistol which can handle 30 grain loads. Please check the owners manual to verify the max load the pistol can handle. Do not use rifle pellets in a revolver. Maximum load: 25 grains FFFg black powder or equivalent, For best accuracy, the manufacturer recommends loads of 20-25 grains of FFFg blackpowder in the Pietta Model 1851 Confederate Navy .44 Caliber Revolver - Free Starter Kit Included For a Limited Time, item # IK-210086.
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While Pyrodex P performs well in revolvers, the pellets are pretty pricey if you plan on doing any amount of shooting. Better to Use either Real Black Powder, or Pyrodex P and a powder measure. 25-27 grains of 3F BP or Pyrodex P should give you optimum accuracy.
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