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PIETTA Pietta Model 1851 Confederate Navy .44 Caliber Revolver

Patterned after the original made with a brass frame to conserve the South’s limited supplies of steel. Although designated as a Navy pistol, it saw heavy use among Army officers who favored .44-caliber firepower. It features a blued octagonal barrel; plain blued cylinder; tough, attractive walnut grips; and brass trigger guard. Reloads quickly with a spare cylinder (sold separately).  Barrel length: 7-1/2". Overall length: 13-1/4". Weight: 2 lbs., 9 oz.
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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 I use HODGDON .44 CALIBER REVOLVER PELLETS

Can I use HODGDON .44 CALIBER REVOLVER PELLETS in the Pietta Model 1851 Confederate .44 Cal. Revolver
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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.
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You can but the brass frame will loosen up and wear faster because the pellets are 30 grain loads, max for a brass frame 1851 is 25 grains
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only the 30gr. ones
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With the brass models you might want to stay away from the pellets as they are 30 grain,the manufacture suggests to use no more than 25 grain.It would probably be ok but not every time.To be certain check your manual.
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I Suggest Using Only Cabela's 451 or 454 Swaged
Black Powder ROUND Balls'! Pellets' tend to ruin the Barrel!. db.
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how do I get the loading revoler out to put another new one in?please help me out on this one Thankyou

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The remove the cylinder from the Pietta Model 1851 Confederate Navy .44 Caliber Revolver, item # IK-210086, to replace with a spare cylinder, item # IK-210323, remove the wedge pin located in front of the cylinder on the right side of the revolver. It may require a brass punch for the first few times.
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I assume you mean the cylinder. If so, you remove the wedge that holds the barrel in, and then just pull the barrel forward, and it will comeoff of the reciever (aligned with two pins) Then the cylinder slides off the shaft it revolves on. Reverse to assemble.
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remove the wedge in front of the cylinder to do this turn the screw one or two times then on the other side push the wedge out if it wont move smack it with something soft i use my plastic ball or bullet starter pull the wedge all the way to the screw head or out if you want then rotate the cylinder so the loader is in between chambers push the barrel off with it once it starts to move pull it off slide the cylinder off
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I assume you mean the cylinder (the revolving area where bullets are loaded)

First find the barrel wedge (its the block sticking out sideways from the barrel.

remove the machine screw in the wedge

drive the wedge out of the barrel

pull barrel away from handle while rotating back and forth slightly.
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There is a good video on Cabela's web site,check when you click on a specific revolver there usually are 2 clips,one for loading and one for cleaning,the loading one will show you both type,the 1851 will require the removel of the wedge (very easy).The 1858 is less time consuming.
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You Have to Purchase the correct screw driver to remove
the Barrel Retainer Pin! I warn You that By doing this You Can Ruin The Gun!!!, Remove the screw then compress the pin holder with a wooden tool, Tap on the pin until it come's out , Carefully pull the barrell from
the Gun then, half cock the gun as if loading, so the
Cylinder will turn, then carefully remove the cylinder!.
Remember to clean all Grease from Parts' and replace grease, before replacing Cylinder,"ECT"! db.
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Took grip frame screw out, whats next?

OK I took the grip screw in the bottom of the grip frame out and the grip frame separated slightly but the grips are still very solidly in the frame and will not budge.
I don't want to mar them up so how do I get them out of the gun?
Does the grip frame separate any further than about a quarter to half inch?
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You must also remove the two screws just above the griips. (same size screws as the one you took out).
The grips and brass strap will easily be removed, just by pulling.
You must remove the strap and grips together.
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Thanks for the two answers below, they were a big help after reading the below answer to someone else asking about removing the grips.

"The Pietta Model 1851 Confederate Navy .44 Caliber Revolver (210086) has grips that are removed simply by removing a screw.
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Colt Grips are a single block grip, with a channel fore and aft that the the backstrap & triggerguard strap flush-fit into.

I'm guessing that you removed the bottom screw that secures the backstrap to the triggerguard strap. It's a good start, but you will need to remove 3 more screws from the triggerguard assembly, plus 2 that secure the backstrap to the frame. Keep in mind that the hammer spring is secured to the triggerguard spring, and provides tension that you will need to overcome while reassembling.

You may even want to remove the hammer pivot screw to alleviate that hammer spring tension, but keep in mind that you need to maintain a little pressure on the hammer in order to make the screw removal easier.

Everyone has their own routine for reassembly, and eventually you will develop your own in order to overcome aligning everything while overcoming the hammer spring tension.

The exploded diagram in the Pietta manual for the 1851 Navy, will give you a little more insight as to part placement.
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There is Pressure on the grips caused by the spring!
So If You are Ready to be able to compress the spring
in order to Replace the grips', Place a thin Blade on both sides' of the Grips' and seperate! "But" I do not advise this! It would be better to hire a Gunsmith to do this work! and He would be responsable for the outcome!
I DO NOT ADVISE A NOVISE TO WORK ON ANY GUN!
This Model Is Brass! and it is Soft Metal! You can Ruin
Your Perfectly Good Reproduction by Tampering with
it!
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Can petroleum based solvents like Outers Nitro Solvent, be used to clean this pistol without damaging it?

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You could use any petro-based cleaner without any damage, but keep in mind that it was made as a powder solvent for nitrocellulose-based powders.

Black powder & it's combustion byproducts are all water based. A sinkful of hot soapy water is much cheaper and effective to clean your black powder revolver than Hoppes.

Best to disassemble the revolver; everything goes into the hot, soapy water except the grips. I pre-treat all parts with Windex, let it sit in the sink for a few minutes, then go on to using hot soapy water and a toothbrush. Consider getting one of those jars of jewelery-cleaner that have the little basket inside - they're ideal to put all those loose screws, nipples, trigger, hand & bolt and all small parts into to avoid going down the drain.

Toothbrush with a little more dish detergent on it and a nylon bristle brush will clean it all. Follow up with a patch down the bore & chambers. Drain, then rinse with the hottest water you have. Drain, shake off parts & place on a folded towel - spray down with WD-40 to displace moisture, then wipe dry before oiling all parts with CLP, or your favorite gun oil before reassembly.

Be sure to have a set of properly fitting screwdrivers for disassembly & reassembly.

Q-tips are your friend - as long as you remove any residual lint afterward.
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NO!
Use hot soapy water and a toothbrush. The water will evaporate quickly, and you can rub on some Bore Butter.
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yes you can but Mix 1/3 Murphy's oil soap, 1/3 Denatured Alchohol and 1/3 Hydrogen peroxide in a dark bottle and shake.

Soak a patch, run it thru your bore, let it sit for a few minutes and follow with a couple dry patches. Last run an oily patch thru to prevent rust.

This stuff literally melts black powder fouling away. it's very cheap to make and works better than any of the commercial stuff I have tried.
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yes but it may stain the brass
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The Outers Nitro Solvent may be used on the Pietta Model 1851 Confederate Navy .44 Caliber Revolver item number IK-210086 without damaging it.
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Petroleum based solvents' are "NOT" Recomended!
Petroleum seep's into Places that You cannot Dry Out!
They are made for exactly What You Stated "NITRO"
These Reproduction's are not made for Nitro!.
If You Use Petroleum Based Solvents' Your Pietta
1851 Confederate Navy. 44 Caliber Revolver May
Chainfire from the Petroleum Gasses' that Linger in
all the parts' that it seeped into! why not use Cabela's
BLACK POWDER SOLVENT!??? db.
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What accessories do I need?

This will be my first black powder gun. Other than the obvious (balls, caps, powder, and wads) what other accessories do I need? How about cleaning accessories including oil and lube? Is there a list of item numbers I could look up so I may order everthing at once. Thanks
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You need a bag full of stuff..
Nipple wrench
cleaning kit for Black Powder
Cleaning patches
Rags
Nipple pick
Revolver capper
Screwdrivers that fit each screw on the gun, for when a cap get all jammed up in the works and you have to get it out.
Maybe Bore Butter..I prefer to use a lubed wad and tight ball..the bore butter on the 1851 seems to just gunk up the wedge a lot faster making it a pain to get out after 30 rounds or so.. some may argue but you can try it and make your own decision on that issue..
Can of compressed air is handy to have in the bag..not going to explain further but you will find yourself using it a lot if its in the bag...
Some Rem Oil or similar oil to oil things up after a quick field cleaning.. some cleaners do both.. try several methods and use what you like best..
A water proof ammo box is nice to keep your caps and powder in when the weather is moist..(that kind of depends on where you live.)
Spare cylinders are handy.
A loading stand is like a 3rd hand when loading.
And I bring a .22 cal revolver with me to the range..( that's so I can keep shooting when I know the next cease fire will be sooner than I can load up another go around in the Black Powder gun ) ^_^
You will probably find more gadgets and tools you like as you get into it...just have to keep trying new things until you get YOUR method and system dialed in ....
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For the Pietta Model 1851 Confederate Navy .44 Caliber Revolver, item # IK-210086, the best accessories I recommend would be the Cabela's Black-Powder Revolver Starter Kit, item # IK-216053 and the Cabela's Black-Powder Field Cleaning Kit, item # IK-216136.
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nipple wrench and pick and i clean with hot soapy water and dry it then use sovent and spray it with light coat gun oil check in 3or 4 days if need wipe with oil again
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Soap and water (simply green is excellent) and any good gun oil is all you need besides elbow grease.
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Powder horn (or some such small powder holder)
powder measure
Capper (option device to assist in placing percussion caps)
Nipple wrench (to remove percussion cap nipples to aid in cleaning)
A 44 calibre pistol cleaning kit
Windex (this is used to stop the corrosive black powder salts from rusting the gun)
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Can you go hog hunting with this gun

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Probably not legal. I'd want a bigger gun.
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maybe very docile slow hogs
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At your own risk! db.
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How fast can you run? Will there be trees nearby & can you climb? Will you be hunting Javelina, wild pigs, or those big, honkin' 600 # feral hogs?

I'd consider this particular revolver as a last resort for when the hog has already knocked you down & is preparing to EAT you ...

I have both a Ruger Old Army that handles considerably stouter loads than the brass frame revolver, and would choose it as a distant second best to my 2nd Model Dragoon, which, with proper shot placement, and 50 grains of BP propelling a round ball will be a more reasonable choice for the task.

A broadside, behind the shoulder shot would be preferred to firing at the hog charging you head-on.

Remember that when hunting animals that can hunt you back, there is never such thing as too much firepower.

Or too much marksmanship practice beforehand.
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Of course you can go hunting with this gun as long as it is allowed where you plan on hunting.
Is it good for hunting? Depends on what you are hunting, at what range and how good of a shot you are with this sort of weapon.
Would I hunt with it? As a side arm yes, as the only weapon? Not so much..
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yes use 30gr. powder .454ball with wad 40yard is as far as u want to shoot one it will kill the hog
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What is the maximum powder load (grains) for this revolver

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The maximum load the manufacturer recommends for the Pietta Model 1851 Confederate Navy .44 Caliber Revolver, Item # IK-210086, is 25 grains of fffg powder.
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The Pietta book say's 28 grains of Pyrodex max. and suggested 12-15 grains fffg average load. This should give you some room to work out the best load for accuracy and fun.
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While you can physically load up to around 35 grains of powder & the gun will be safe to fire with it, lighter loads are recommended for brass frame revolvers, especially Colts. When you disassemble your revolver, note the rear portion of the cylinder & where it bears up against a recess in the frame. When firing consistently heavy powder charges, recoil will cause the steel cylinder to pound into the softer brass frame. This will cause deformation of the frame. Some people contend that the frame "stretches", while actually the cylinder hammers or peens the frame. The results are an increased cylinder gap, or more noticeable free play of the cylinder within the frame.

Use between 15 - 20 grains of either Pyrodex P or 3F black powder, and with reasonable care & cleaning, your revolver will last a lifetime. You'll discover that whatever heavy loads you do fire, aren't all that accurate, your optimum precision will be found somewhere within that 15-20 grain range.

Loads within this powder range will work best with either paper or felt wad between powder & ball to slightly compress the powder & eliminate excess air in the chamber.
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Judging from the info supplied by Pietta with the revolver, yoou shoulddn't load more than 25 gr FFFg black powder. It will handle larger charges, but the brass frame wont last as long and can become distorted.
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The pamphlet that comes with the gun from the manufacturer states not to use more than 35gr. Cabela's only recommends 25gr.
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35gr. but i find 30 and 32 to work the best
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MODEL 1851 CONFEDERATE NAVY .44 CALIBER REVOLVER SHERIFF MODEL

CAN YOU CHANGE THE CYLINDER TO SHOOT A 45 SHELL.I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO GET THIS REVOLVER.EVEN IF IT JUST SHOOTS BLACK POWDER I WOULD LIKE IT.
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Lighter powder charges are recommended for all brass frame revolver models, especially the Colt Designs. Converter manufacturers specifically emphasize that their conversions be used in steel framed guns Only.

There is a converter that features a loading gate that would be better adaptable to Colt-design revolvers, however it does require substantial frame modification, since in the original configuration, the frame won't allow sufficient clearance to load a shell.

In general, the Remingtons are better suited to conversion, since the cylinders are MUCH easier and quicker to remove and reinstall.

I've considered a converter for a particular revolver, but, even though I already reload, it involves getting more loading dies, shells, powder suitable for lower pressure use & more and different bullets than I alreaqdy have - too much time & effort, when I already am happy with the performance of roundballs, a dispensing flask of BP & an inline capper or 2.

Spend a little more for an 1858 Remington Steel Frame - the 5 1/2" Sheriff's model points and handles easily and packs plenty of punch. For the price of a conversion cylinder (often exceeds the price of an on-sale revolver), you will find it much ¢heaper and about as convenient to get a couple of spare cylinders, and maybe even one of those little benchtop loaders.

The reason for lighter powder loads in brass, especially the Colt designs, are that the rear portion of the steel cylinder beats into the softer brass frame and causes excessive wear, leading to increased cylinder gap & loss of power & accuracy. OTOH, a 20-23 gr. 3F black powder or Pyrodex P and a .454" roundball should enable the brass frame last nearly forever, and will still provide impressive accuracy.

Everyone eventually wants to shoot heavy loads (around 35+ gr BP) just to say they can, but accuracy isn't nearly as good as with a lighter load. You can do an occasional heavy load in brass framed revolvers (especially the Remington designs, due to the cylinder design spreads out recoil force across a larger surface area than does the Colt).

I'd recommend that you buy the brass model first, just to become familiar with black powder revolver shooting, cleaning and maintenance. Get a good set of properly fitting gunsmith's screwdrivers (or grind your own), since clean-up after corrosive black powder residue requires disassembly & clean-up with hot soapy water, to do it right.

You can always add a steel frame revolver later (keep the Remingtons in mind). Once you're hooked, you'll be looking for sales and good deals on more black powder revolvers - once you're hooked, they multiply like rabbits.

Unfortunately, the one word answer to your original question is ---- NO ------
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Cabela's does not offer a replacement cylinder for the Pietta Model 1851 Confederate Navy .44 Caliber Revolver, item # IK-210086, to convert to a centerfire revolver.
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no the brass will not take it
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there are conversion cylinders but they are NOT to be used with brass frames they are only for steal frames as the power is unsafe for the soft brass.
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The Manipulation or Modification of this Antique Repro'
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You should not use a conversion cylinder to shoot 45 Colt cartridges out of the model 1851 Confederate Navy . The brass frame is not strong enough. There are conversion cylinders made for some steel frame cap and ball revolvers, such as the 1858 Remington, that allow you to shoot 45 Colt black powder cartridges. However, shooting black powder cartridges out of brass framed cap and ball revolvers is considered unsafe.
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What size caps are used for the 1851 Navy?

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I found that #10 fit mine the best.
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I have used both CCI and Remington caps in #10 and #11. All worked fine although the 11's seemed a little loose.
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The Pietta Model 1851 Confederate Navy .44 Caliber Revolver, Item # IK-210086, uses #10 percussion caps.
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#10 percussion caps fit nice and snug and won't fall off.
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Use # 10 Caps'! db.
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The revolver I purchased last year is now completely frozen up. It was cleaned well after last use. Anything I can do?

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Last Year??! You're overdue to go buy another - consider one of the Remington varieties.

While you're waiting for that Remington to arrive, completely disassemble your Colt - look for either a spent & squished percussion cap or some fragments. 99% of the time, it's just that pesky cap that falls in & locks up the entire action.

So, you're on the right track - get a second percussion cap revolver so you won't have to waste precious time at the range disassembling the froze-up one. You can just reach into the range bag & pull out your back-up.

40 years ago, my Dad brought home an 1861 Colt Navy & it quickly became MY job to disassemble, clean & reassemble it. Decades later, after finding a Remington on sale at Cabelas, I've spent more time shooting it - no problems with spent primers jamming it, or the other Remingtons that subsequently arrived on my doorstep.

I recently got another Colt and was able to jam it up right away.

Sometimes you can turn it upside down, work the hammer a little, shake it and the cap piece falls out, but usually removing the trigger guard/grip/backstrap is required to locate & remove the offending impediment.
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I had the same thing happen when I left mine in a fishing bag for 3 weeks(stupid move) SOAK it in any good rust solvent and walk away for a day. Here comes the fun part(not). If you have an octogon barrel,lossen screw and remove wedge,take a 2x4 about 8 in long,put the edge on an octagon point and pound off barrel. It will not hurt anything,but use either brass or wood ! Next, pull hammer back and do the same thing with the cylinder,mine took a lot of hits but no damage to pistol. Good luck !
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If your Pietta Model 1851 Confederate Navy .44 Caliber Revolver, item # IK-210086. is "frozen up" the best course would be to take the revolver to a qualified gunsmith to have it evaluated.
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soak in marvel mystery oil for a week then using channel locks and protective cloth (a vise if you have one)start working patrs loose starting with getting the lock pin out. when you put it away u neded to oil with knight oil with rust inhibitor. after you get it apart youll need to wire bruch everything to clean it
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In addition to the other answers I would check to make sure a fired percussion cap did not wedge it's self between the cylinder and the frame.
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You Stated Purchased Last Year? Cleaned well after last use? Question= Cleaned well after Every Use?
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all in soap water= dish liquid for several day's!
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let set for several day's / or just soak entire gun in soap
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What size?

OK now I am confused I just got the Pietta Model 1851 Confederate Navy .44 Caliber Revolver I ordered and I like very much yet it says simply ".44 call" on the barrel not what size ball to use. The Chibela's instruction manual says use .451 balls and the Elli Pietta instruction manual says use .454 balls.
So which is it? I need to know because I am going to order a mold for it.
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Both Pietta and Uberti recommend a .454" ball. The .451" balls seem to work OK, but a little larger ball will fit tighter & give you better accuracy.

The stamp on the side says .44 caliber, because, ultimately .44 cal is what exits the muzzle.

You start out with a .454" ball, seat it into the cylinder. A small ring of lead shaves off, and the ball is reduced by a few thousandths of an inch. When you fire the loaded chamber, the ball is propelled forward, out of the cylinder & into the forcing cone, which further swages down the ball diameter. It is further reduced a little as soon as it engages the rifling to somewhere around .443-.449" depending on barrel & manufacturer.

A Lee .454" mold is what I use & I'm happy with it.
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The Pietta Model 1851 Confederate Navy .44 Caliber Revolver, item # IK:210086, can use either the .451 or .454 diameter ball. Using the .454 diameter ball will seal the cylinder more efficiently than a .451 diameter ball.
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the balls the revolver uses are actually .45 caliber, but when they are rammed into the cylinder, roughly a 1mm. ring of lead will be trimmed off. This ensures a tight-fitting ball in the cylinder and prevents shifting of the projectile. either the .451 or the .454 balls will work since they are both .45 caliber. .454 balls are, however, slightly larger. Very slightly, mind you
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I use 454 I have the same gun and a 1858 and 1861 all use 454 balls with # 10 percussion caps. clean it well when you think you have clean it again oil it with knight oil from modern muzzel loaders
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u can use both but the .454 is better if u hunt with it more chamber psi
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Conical bullet

Can you use a conical bullet in this revolver? Anybody who has done so?
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I personally have not put conical bullets in my revolver, But I know people who have. You have to use slightly less powder in order to make the conical fit, and can be difficult to seal the chamber correctly. I would recommend sticking with round balls.
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I've cast .36 conical bullets when I was a kid & actually still have some left. They never worked particularly well in my Dad's 1861 Navy. I tried them in my 1858 Remington .36 & they just don't seem to be as accurate as the round balls.

I recently got a Colt Dragoon & some original loads using conicals were referenced. Reading around some of the black powder forums, I've gotten mixed results; most folks say the accuracy is better with roundballs, and very few seem to prefer the conicals. Those who do, use them with heavier charges of powder - somewhere around 41 gr. in the larger capacity Dragoon.

I tried a Lee .456" conical mold, since the base is supposed to be a smaller diameter, but they wouldn't seat.

Overall, the biggest problem with conicals is that, unless you find one sized so that the base hand-presses into the cylinder, it won't seat straight & accuracy will suffer. I considered the smaller Lee conical mold, but it doesn't seem to be of any advantage for my type of shooting to be worth using extra lead to cast a larger bullet than the roundball I have good results with now.
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Yes, I shoot .451 conical bullets with no problems.
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The Pietta Model 1851 Confederate Navy .44 Caliber Revolver, Item: IK-210086, can use conical bullets designed for use in black powder revolvers.
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I have been unable to do so. the projectile loading gap forward of the cylinder was too small to accommodate the .44 bullets I tried to use. It might be possible to load the cylinder with them separately and then re-insert the cylinder; but I have been unable to do so
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You Can, But Conicals' will disfigure as compressed into cylinder! I would Not Recomend this! db.
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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.
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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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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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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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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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Absolutly dude,then just tap out wedge with a screwdriver,dont be shy,you really can't hurt it.
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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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how many times can you shoot one before having to clean it
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I usally shoot 6 rounds (1 chamber full) then run a wet patch down. this only takes a second and helps keep your shooting accurate,.you can go more say 2 chambers full but one push with the rod and a patch and your good.
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Black powder will corrode and rust your firearm if you don't clean it after each shooting session. I had to clean mine after every 18-24 rounds or the cylinder would get gummed up and not turn. By that point the pistol is very hard to take apart and the parts almost have to be forced to separate.
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I can shoot mine all day without any real cleaning. I remove the cylinder to reload & just wipe off the cylinder face in the course of handling. I've gone over a tin of caps (100+ rounds) without needing to clean.

The largest contributing factor to crud build up that eventually causes a revolver to seize up is the use of too much ball lubricant.

Used to be that the "experts" said it was mandatory to fill up the chambers around seated bullets with bullet lube. When fired, all that goop blows out around the frame & onto/into the cylinder pin, attracting & holding powder residue. If you use too much or the wrong stuff, you can seize up within as few as 30 rounds.

Best lubes are organic & not petroleum based. F'r instance, a little Crisco on the bottom side of a round ball then seated over a wad atop the powder will eliminate the need for any further gooping up the cylinder. I use a mixture of tallow & beeswax & can shoot all day without problems. The cause of chain-fires appears to be actually due to loosely-fitting caps than with no lube filling the cylinders.

Felt "Wonder- wads" work great & eliminate the need for additional lube. I use a 2 ply piece of TP compressed over the powder, than a ball very lightly lubed, seated over that.

I disassemble & completely clean all black powder pistols after returning home from the range.
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The Pietta Model 1851 Confederate Navy .44 Caliber Revolver should be cleaned at a minimum after shooting 10 complete cylinder reloads. If shooting less than that number of shots, it should be cleaned at the end of each shooting session.
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Depends on powder make,but 6-7 is a good rule. Do not forget to clean nipples!, a needle works fine,just finish with a small brass brush.
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Black powder firearms need to be cleaned promptly after firing because black powder and substitutes like Pyrodex will attract moisture and cause rust in a very short time. Failure to clean a black powder firearm after firing can render the firearm useless over a very short period of time (just a few days). The first thing I do when I get home after shooting in a cowboy match is clean my black powder firearms. Hot, soapy water works very well. Follow with a thorough drying and lubrication.
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Is the frame brass, or just the trigger guard?

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The frame is brass and that means you should not try to convert this to cartridges.
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The frame is also brass.
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The description only mentions a brass trigger guard, but the picture shows a brass frame.

Another clue is the "Confederate" model is a good indicator of brass frames, since the story goes that they were short on iron used for frame construction - historical accuracy sometimes not withstanding.

Keep loads of Black Powder or Pyrodex to the 18-21 grain range & the gun should last nearly forever.
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Both the trigger guard and the frame are brass on the Pietta Model 1851 Confederate Navy .44 Caliber Revolver.
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Frame.
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Brass Frame And Trigger Guard! BOTH!
But that won't Effect The Use of The Item!.
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Do cap and ball revolvers require a background check or waiting period when purchasing in the State of Oregon?

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No they do not, they are not considered firearms by the BATF. You can have them sent directly to your home.
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they should be like any other black powder purchase, and it is a replica so I doubt it.
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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.
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No,thank God,,
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Triple 7 Fouling

I've been using 777 3f and my 1851, after just two loads, the cylinder won't freely rotate anymore. I'm forced to constantly lube between loads to ensure good action. Just wondering if this is normal for BP or if it is perticular to 777.
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I have been using Pyrodex Triple F and have had no problems other than an occasional cap hanging up after firing.
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Hodgdon does not recommend the use of 777 in brass-framed revolvers. 25 grains of Pyrodex P is considered max for a brass frame. on my 1851 it starts getting stiff around 6 cylinders shot but still revolves fine so something has to be wrong for sure. i would make sure nothing is bent first and make sure the spent percussion caps are not getting stuck in the action.
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I began shooting real black powder over 45 years ago & just recently got some 777 to compare with Pyrodex & American Pioneer Powders.

In general, Black Powder fouls quicker than any of the substitutes. I've fired about 100 rounds each of Pyrodex, American Pioneer & also 777 thru a .36 Remington without any need to clean in order to maintain function.

I've found the biggest contributing factor to fouling build-up is the use of too much ball lube. It's been trendy for the past several decades or more to recommend gooping up the cylinders with grease after seating bullets in order to supposedly eliminate flashover (firing an adjacent cylinder before it comes into battery). I can't find any historical reference to this precautionary procedure & an old-timer at my range 40 years ago said he never greased the cylinder as a kid.

With all this in mind, a light application of the proper ball lube is necessary, but the composition of it seems most critical. Petroleum-based lubes & bearing grease seem to foul much quicker, although paraffin is said to be an exception. I've used either plain Crisco, or various mixtures of tallow, crisco & beeswax with much cleaner results.

If you use the pre-lubed felt wads, you can eliminate need for ball lube altogether, or simply put a paper wad over your powder charge in each cylinder, add a little lube, and then seat your balls. Less lube accumulation will attract & hold less fouling & should extend your range time between any necessary cleanings.

You can make a lifetime supply of paper wads - for .44 cal, 1/2 sheet of toilet paper folded first into a square, then fold all corners inward, seat over the powder charge with a tapered dowel. Add a little grease, and then seat the bullet.
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It may be the 777. I shot strictly Goex Pinacle, and had no issues. I coated the cylinder pin, or arbor, with TC Bore Butter prior to shooting, and I put about 75 rounds through it.
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Triple 777 Is NOT The Corect Propellant for this Reproduction!. Do You Wan't to Blow Up Youre Gun?
This Is a Brass Frame Reproduction for Black Powder
ONLY or the equivalent FFg Pyrodex! You are lucky
that The Cylinder has not Exploded! Get Pyrodex!.
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Is a pistol permit required to purchase this in NY? (not NYC)

As the question says, I'm just wondering if a pistol permit is required to purchase this in New York (not in NYC), if it's intended for display. Also, is this an FFL item, or not?

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no ffl needed for black powder pistol
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There are no permits needed to own the Pietta Model 1851 Confederate Navy .44 Caliber Revolver in your state. Since it is a black powder firearm, it does not need to go through an FFL dealer, we can ship it right to your house.
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You don't need to go through a FFL dealer to buy or own the gun. However once you have all the items to fire the gun, balls, powder, caps, patches etc. you need to put it on a NYS pistol permit. You can have every item except one and the gun is legal. It's possible this has changed but this was the law that was in place a few years ago. Go to the NYS gun laws web site and there you will find all the current laws on the books.
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Can the grips be easily removed and replaced?

I am currently deployed and my troop is interested in purchasing this pistol and have the grips engraved with our troop symbol. We are wanting to purchase at least 20 pistols and then get grips engraved to replace the stock grips. How easy is it to replace the stock grips with our engraved ones?
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one screw that is bolted through the grip, very easily removed
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I would say that as long as the grips you are using are designed for that particular model, then you should have no major difficulty except perhaps a little bit of light sanding for a perfect fit.
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The Pietta Model 1851 Confederate Navy .44 Caliber Revolver (210086) has grips that are removed simply by removing a screw.
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Colt design revolvers such as this one utilize a single block of wood, shaped into a grip. The block is grip shaped & channels or grooves are cut for the backstrap & trigger guard strap to fit into. Unless you are a proficient woodworker, making different grips for your quantity of revolvers will require a lot of work for yourself or a grip maker & due to individual variations among Colt revolver models, the job is pretty much (expensive) hand fit/custom work.

The most time and money feasible method would be to get your revolvers on hand, and remove the grips, which could be then be sent out for laser engraving, or, even better, consider inlaying a medallion with your symbol/unit name or any other design or inscription you would want.

Brass or German silver medallions are distinctive looking, more authentic to presentation guns of the era & more durable than anything engraved into wood. Keep in mind that each grip should have the serial # written inside it, since they are usually hand fit to the particular gun. Medallions could be round or oval or rectangular and either fashioned from sheet metal, or if you know a good trustworthy local craftsman who makes jewelery or small items, cast from brass.

Sounds like a fun project & everyone could be involved in giving their individual grips a hand-rubbed Linseed or Tung oil finish once a medallion is inletted flush to the wood surface.

Consider, maybe an inletted rectangular piece on one side with your name & rank, & the unit symbol on the other side. The design possibilities are endless.
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