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PIETTA Pietta Model 1851 Confederate Navy .44 Caliber Revolver with Starter Kit

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. Choose the full-size replica with a 71⁄2" barrel or the identical, but shorter 51⁄2" barrel version. Both reload quickly with a spare cylinder (sold separately).  Starter Kit includes: nipple wrench, a straight line capper, powder measure, 30 wonder seals, a powder flask, 30 lead roundballs, and 30 felt powder wads. Barrel length: 7-1/2". Overall length: 13-1/4". Weight: 2 lbs. 9-oz.
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What size percussion cap works best with the pietta 1851 confederate revolvers. ive read different things and just wanted to make sure.

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The Pietta Model 1851 Navy Confederate .44 Caliber Revolver with Starter Kit works best with a #10 percussion cap and that is what the supplied nipples fit. You can fire it with #11 caps but they are so loose they can fall off easily.
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Number 10 Remington. See owners manual.
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Remington no. 11. Sometimes one needs to slightly pinch the cap to make it fit better. Depends on the piece
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Orange MA.
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The 1851 Pietta takes #10 caps. the Remmington seem to fit on the nipples a lot better than CCI
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I use the Remington No. 10 caps. They fit a little bit looser than the CCI No. 10's, but they can be gently squeezed to fit tighter on the nipples if need be. They also ignite more consistantly than the CCI's
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The #11 works fine if you give it a little pinch first; the #10 is a snug fit right out of the tin box, however, I've had more jams with them.
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Number 10's
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IF it WAS PERCussion cap ignition?

I was wondering if the model 1851 confederate navy .44 caliber blackpowder revolver is percussion cap ignition?
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Yes, the Pietta Model 1851 Navy Confederate .44 Caliber Revolver with Starter Kit is a percussion cap/primer type black powder revolver.
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Yes it is. #11 or #10 deppending on Brand of cap.
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yes it is usually gotta pinch the no 11s a bit though
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Absolutely. I just bought one. I use Remington #10 caps and about 20 gr of 777 powder substitute with a .451 Horniday ball. , happy shooting.
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Yes
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Yes it is.
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Ball size?

Does this take .44 or .45 caliber balls? (Does the.44 caliber refer to the groove or land diameter size?)
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The recommended ball size for the Pietta Model 1851 Navy Confederate .44 Caliber Revolver with Starter Kit (216058) is a .44 caliber .451 diameter ball.
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uses a .451 dia. ball
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Use. .454 and you won't have to use wadding or lube (don't hit me). I never used wadding or lube.
As long as the cylinder shaves the ball (and a .454) should. you should be ok.
Just remember if you want to play Roland of Gilead with this thing it will wear out fast.
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Ball size is .451 so technically .45.
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I use .451.Some people say they get more accuracy with the .454. The diameter is measured from groove to groove.
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its called a 44 but takes a 451 or 454 ball
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How do you "blank" load the Pietta 1851 to use in re-enactments?

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use oat meal instaed of the lead ball powder pad oatmeal
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put paper or a wad over the powder. no ball !!!

Don't even bring ball with you to the event.
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not 100% sure here maybe someone has better advise but my guess would be just use a cap. but I do beleive some shows some black powder.
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Light powder load..maybe 10-15 grains of fff.
Pack it with strait lube, or oatmeal..(better seal less dangerous than a hard wadding) A light paper or clothe wadding would work too.
Most people use sawdust or oatmeal
Leave one cylinder empty with no cap for safety
Dont shoot it directly at anyone within 15ft
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I think some folks put a wad of cotton in their chamber but I am told that may cause fouling. a lubed wad will work as well.
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Put a coco puff in the chamber on top of 20 grains of 3f black powder and a lubed felt wad
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What is the maximum grain load for a .44 caliber black powder pistol?

specifically, the Confederate Navy Colt?
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The recommended load range for best accuracy with the Pietta Model 1851 Navy Confederate .44 Caliber Revolver, item number IK-216058, is 20-25 grains of FFFg blackpowder.
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not over 25 grains
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35 grains of black powder is what the manual says, unless you have a competition series. Since this is what the manual says, it is what I have always done. Believe me, this amount has plenty of punch! You should use earplugs, and you don't need any more than that.
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25 grains of black powder. It is recommended to use less for longer life. due to the brass frame.
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25 grains of black powder or substitute like Pyrodex.
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can ajustable rear sight be mounted to this gun

can it be ordered with ajustable sight
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The Pietta Model 1851 Navy Confederate .44 Caliber Revolver with Starter Kit, item # IK-216058 is not designed for an adjustable rear sight. If a sight is to be mounted, it would have to be done by a qualified gunsmith.
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No. The rear sight is cut into the hammer itself. You can adjust the gun by filing down the front sight if the gun is shooting low... or use a dremmel to cut a deeper notch into the rear sight if the gun is shooting high.

The colts usually shoot very well out of the box. You might want to have someone else shoot your gun from a rested position before you start making permanent adjustments to the sights.

The Remington's on the other hand shoot low out of the box and need to be zeroed in by filing down the front sight.
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No, it is period correct so no adjustable sights.
You can "adjust" them by elongating the slot in the hammer by very carefully filing it down. Windage will be perfect from the factory so all you need worry about is elevation. They all seem to shoot high up to 75 yards.
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Can you use WD-40 to oil the gun after cleaning with hot soapy water and drying, or will it still rust if you do?

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No! I found that it gums up after awhile. Use light gun oil only.
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yes but i would use compresed air to dry it and then a
lite oil gun oil works best to keep rust away good luck
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Do you have to be 21 to buy a black powder pistol in indiana?

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To purchase the Pietta Model 1851 Navy Confederate .44 Caliber Revolver with Starter Kit, item # IK-216058, from Cabela's you must be 18 years of age or older. Please check with your local authorities to confirm legality and age restrictions in your area.
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