This is a discussion on 1851 navy within the Black Powder forums, part of the Firearm Forum category; Your Pietta uses .454 sized balls use wonder wads and a good powder (triple 7 or pyrodex ) and you will be fine.
Start with ...
Your Pietta uses .454 sized balls use wonder wads and a good powder (triple 7 or pyrodex ) and you will be fine.
Start with a 20 grain load and work up
Mine shoots 25 gr perfectly and I can load it to 30 gr but I have to mash it pretty hard to compress the powder.
A steel frame 1851 is a good choice.
You should get a lifetime of good service from that pistol.
In mine, I use #11 caps, and for wad, I use cream of wheat instead. I use the yellow plastic Lee scoops instead of a powder measure (I do have one). Have been for years. Same of course with my ROAs. Not 'traditional' but it works. I use .454 ball for 1851, and my other .44 BP revolvers. .457 for Rugers of course. That said, I remember mine shot quite high out of the box.