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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 ?
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.

I had a Walker Colt from Uberti and it was a monster. I loved it but I needed money and sold it. It was a Dragoon on steroids.

I also had a 1858 Remington New Army Target model in Stainless steel. I liked it better than the Walker. The Walker would reliably shoot 50 gr of 2f or 3 f. Max was 60 gr 2f. BIG BOOMER! The Remmy load was 30gr max.

My next one would be one of the Uberti or Pietta (Uberti preferably) 1858s. Why? A bit lighter and more accurate. The Walker has a 9" barrel. The Rem had an 8" bbl. Shorter barreled models are available for the Rem but not the Walker. Whichever type you get, if you get a long barreled gun, let me know. I can send you a shoulder holster for the price of the postage.

If you get a smaller Dragoon, or even a Remington type do not get a brass frame revolver. They do not last as long because of the brass frame.
 

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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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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.

Been shootin blackpowder since the late 60s and have had NO accidents.
 

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Always wanted a blackpowder 1858 Remington in .44...just haven't gotten 'round to it yet !!
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.

Pietta sent me new sights and they were the same. It was fn to shoot but I got it for a deer gun and got rid of it because of the poor sights. It was a Traditions made by Pietta.
 

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I got my 1858 at Gander and regretted it. Go with Cabelas.
 
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