The top strap strengthens the frame. A steel frame Remington is much stronger than a steel frame Dragoon type with no top strap. But the Dragoons are quick to take down and can be cleaned easier because after you remove the wood grips everything can be soaked and cleaned in hot soapy water.Been pondering a cap & ball 6 shooter..Anyone have one ? if so you have fun with it ? Another question -some have a strap across the top of cylinder and some don`t.Is one better than the other or easier to clean ?
Thanx for the advice..I`ve researched it a bit and chain fires are bad JU-JU to say the least, be like holding a hand grenadeNever owned one but my Ex father-in-law (Bill) had both when he belonged to the NSSA. If'n it were me, I would prefer the revolver with the Top Strap. Looks to be a stronger frame. Plus the one w/o the top strap is held together with only a wedge. If the wedge gets worn, everything loosens up including the cylinder to barrel alignment. Not the case with the Top Strap Model.
Another concern, with either style, is cylinder chain fire. Bill used Crisco on top on each ball to seal the cylinder and prevent the cross ignition.
I would also buy the Stainless Steel Model for ease of cleaning and prevent rust while it is stored away.
I have used patch grease and axle grease with equal success. Any animal fat can melt and that is bad. If it seeps into the powder...weak or no bang bang. It also melts in the sun. Use the stuff that is made for the application, or axle grease but make sure you wipe your fingers. It is messy but cannot be helped. Of course you could buy some lubed wads to slip onto the front of the powder and set the ball on top of the wad. Wont hurt the powder and saves you the trouble of using grease.That's why you grease the front of each bulletin in the cylinder, they make lube pass too, never used. Stay away from things that spark. Fun to shoot, smokey and slow
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Just like mine only different. Mine was SS and had Target sights. BUT, working from a bench with a gorilla rest, and the rear sights set at their lowest it shot to POA at 70 yards. I had to hold under for anything inside 65 yards.Always wanted a blackpowder 1858 Remington in .44...just haven't gotten 'round to it yet !!