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Saturday, 15 January 2022

Old And New

 



I never got around to the Ruger Old Army percussion guns. The Old Army was a modern take on the old 1858 Remington, I think… but any resemblance is strictly superficial. The Rugers were built with modern techniques and materials and was an eye sore to the dedicated purist who insists on period correctness in his guns.  By all accounts they are wonderful guns and overcome some of the early design flaws of the originals.

But traditionalism isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. You can still have a heap of fun with a cordura possibles bag, an aluminum canteen and other modern trappings.

6 comments:

  1. Can shot be loades in them? For snakes, vermine and such?

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    1. You can stuff in whatever fits. I used an old CVA derringer as a test bed for snake shot. It didn't work very well for me, but I found out later that I had a mismarked powder measure. It had been returned, no package, and I was told it was 5 grain increments starting at 10 grains. It left the shot at the muzzle of the barrel. It was a rifle measure, started at 20 and went in 10 grain increments. I never repeated my tests with the proper powder charges, I bet it would have made a difference.

      Oh, and LOTS of flashy sparks smoke and noise when you fired the Derringer!!! Real crowd pleaser.

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    2. Yeah I suppose it wouldn't be hard, would it? It might be an interesting paper cartridge type experiment for next summer...

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  2. Bought my SS Old Army at the (gasp!) San Francisco Gun Exchange in '78. Later I had the rammer nose machined to fit this bullet--

    https://www.midwayusa.com/product/101028256?pid=740944

    I run the bullets through a lube/sizer to fill the grooves with Allox.

    Also fun to load two round balls in a chamber. They don't follow one behind the other, but rather drift opposite each other away from the line of sight, striking the target on opposite sides of the point of aim.

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    1. But... you're not supposed to size boolits for percussion guns RHT. I have been taught that when they are rammed home - you always want to see that thin shaving of lead to indicate a good tight seal...

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    2. You are correct. The bullets drop from my mold at .455. I run them through a .457 size die, so they aren't getting sized, just lubed. It's quite handy not having to apply grease in front of the bullets. With a full charge, it speaks with authority and hits hard, but is still a delight to shoot. Superb accuracy too.

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