Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Boom. (now with pic)

Holy Jebus. What have I done?

I have named the Walker Colt "Locomotive Breath" simply based on the amount of metal used in its construction.

The Remington is quite pretty and elegant and gentlemanly.

The Walker is buttfuck ugly, and I can't wait to touch it off.

Pics as soon as I can manage them.

Any black powder advice out there?

Edited to add a bad phone pic. Remington 1863 New Model on top, 1847 Walker Colt in middle, my S&W Airweight on bottom.


doubletrouble said...

#1- Grease your balls.

Well, actually, after loading the cylinder, put a dab of your choice of grease over the charge to prevent chain fire- that is a mighty interesting phenomenon. Old timers used bear grease or some such; Crisco is a cheap way out, but there are many much better commercial products out there.

Make sure each ball is fully seated before firing- weird things happen when there is an air gap between ball & charge.

Hot soapy water is still the best cleaning agent, & don't expect to shoot a zillion rounds w/out cleaning; the action will get gummed up fairly soon w/the BP residue. Alternative powders to BP are cleaner, but nothing smells & smokes as well as the original.


Atom Smasher said...

Is a bore snake any use in between cylinders?

doubletrouble said...

Well, can't hurt, but it's going to get filthy, quick.
Much of the goo gets in around the cylinder pin & associated linkage on the loading lever, binding up the cylinder, or a least make it difficult to turn.
I wouldn't worry about it anyway- just shoot until you & the gun are completely dirty, then take your smilin' face inside to clean everyone up.

J. Wilson said...

Good luck! I've always wanted to get into black powder but never can find the time. I just love the look of the Colt Walker and 1860 Army. Can't wait for your report...

Ed Rasimus said...

Watching Lonesome Dove again this last weekend (possibly the best western ever made) and seeing Robert Duvall carry what looked like a Walker (at least it was big enough!) but didn't see any of the black powder loading fandango required. Were some converted to brass cartridge at any time or was that just a movie finesse?

Atom Smasher said...

I have no idea if any were converted back in the day. I read up on the ones Eastwood used in "Outlaw Josey Wales", and those were moderns converted to shoot .38 blanks.

DirtCrashr said...

The BEST gun-name I've heard in a while!

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