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Old February 19th, 2016, 08:54 AM   #1
 
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can I shoot .454 balls in OA

I just bought a large box of bullets from a guy, lots of different weights and types of bullets for my .308. A good amount of 45Colt and balls...3 boxes of .457 for the Old Army but there were also boxes of .454 in the pile. Can I shoot them in the OA or do I need to go buy another gun like a 1851 Remington

if it helps, I no longer shoot with Crisco, I just use felt wads under the .457 balls nowdays, but maybe I could shoot the .454's with Crisco to prevent a chainfire or maybe a new toy is a better idea.

I told the wife I need to buy a 32 now since there were some 32 bullets in the box too, she didn't say no



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I have owned several oas and 457 bullets shot slightly better but not enough to worry about. I still use crisco just because I have always used it. Even though other srtuff is better.
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As long as it shaves off some lead when you seat them. You don't want 'loose' projectile over your powder. I always use .457 for mine and never use lube either on the front. Powder, cream of wheat, ball, done. Add caps and we are ready to rock.
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I used to own a replica 1858 Army and a buddy had a replica 1851 Navy and we both shot .451 and .454 balls from them with no problems. Obviously the .454s are a little harder to seat than the .451s.
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Yes, I use my .454s in my replicas too. Bur .457 in the OA.
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As long as it shaves a ring of lead as it is swaged into the cylinder, the .454 balls will be ok..........robin
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The 454's won't work very well in the old army. 3/1000th's is quite a difference as far as I'm concered!
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The 454's won't work very well in the old army. 3/1000th's is quite a difference as far as I'm concered!
They will work, but just not as accurately. I use a dab of grease even over the swaged ring-of-lead jobs to soften powder fouling, but use no filler or over powder wads as I get best accuracy with all the powder it'll hold.
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