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Old November 1st, 2012, 12:40 PM   #1
 
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Ball size for Old Army

Ok guys what size ball do you use in an old Army??

I know what the book says, but are there other options



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Old November 1st, 2012, 01:13 PM   #2
 
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Ruger Old Army needs .457" round ball. Mine barely shaves a bit of lead off. A .454" may work, but if it doesn't shave lead i wouldn't want to use it for a few reasons.

1) It may not seal the chamber well enough allowing for a crossfire to happen if you don't use a wad or grease over the ball.
2) It may not sit snugly enough and creep off of the powder from the recoil, which can bulge or rupture the chamber.
3) It would have an even smaller surface to grip the riflings.
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Old November 1st, 2012, 02:01 PM   #3
 
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Not being a Black Powder shooter, My mind jumped the tracks when I saw your question. I was trying to decide if I would use a measuring tape or calipers to determine my response.

Thanks to rodwha for directing the issue to the proper realm, before I embarrassed myself.
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You are most welcome! Although I'm sure your response would have been great! Probably would have spewed my beer out of my nose!
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[QUOTE][/QNot being a Black Powder shooter, My mind jumped the tracks when I saw your question. I was trying to decide if I would use a measuring tape or calipers to determine my response.UOTE]

use the calipers ( the ones with the pointy ends) and tell use true..
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Old November 10th, 2012, 01:37 PM   #6
 
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.457 is the reccomended ball size
I do use .454 RNFP conicals in mine backed by a wad and then powder
I use the bullets because I can buy them cheaper than I can round ball
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Old November 10th, 2012, 02:32 PM   #7
 
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457! Round ball or conical.
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Old November 12th, 2012, 02:19 PM   #8
 
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I do use .454 RNFP conicals
where to you buy them and what weight?
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Old November 12th, 2012, 03:05 PM   #9
 
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The .457 are the correct size . This is the 1st and only time I shot this gun . note low serial

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This is the 1st and only time I shot this gun .
???? Looks like you should have had lots of fun with that! Good shoot'n revolver there!!!!
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I have some of Kaido's 240 and 255 grn RNFP custom conicals. He had Lee customize their 45 Colt 255 grn RNFP mold to have smaller bands as the traditional conicals do.
They load straight and give a good bit of recoil over a RB. They also penetrate much better than either.
They aren't cheap though. He does sell molds...
Here's a fellow comparing them:

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Where do you buy these custom conical bullets? Does this guy have a website? Any info would be appreciated
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Kaido's bullets I order from here:
kaido93@hotmail.com

But I've now found a new source for bullets at nearly a 1/4 of the price ($11/100 vs $40/100) + shipping. You'll have to join the forum and ask about these as they are new and not listed. You'll also need to ask that the base be resized to .454".
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When in doubt READ THE MANUAL NOT THE FORUMS. They are free for download
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I always wondered why roa s are called 44s when a 457 ball is a 45 and the conversion cylinders use 45 lc.
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