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Author Topic: Exploding Model 1861 C&B Revolver  (Read 385 times)

Offline PetahW

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Exploding Model 1861 C&B Revolver
« on: April 06, 2019, 12:15:00 PM »
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I ran across this short video (2-1/2mins) on how a bore obstruction (like from a squib load) can destroy a modern Colt Model 1861 clone.

 :Doh!


https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=cap+and+ball+exploded+moden+1861+video&view=detail&mid=DC78F0D9A1CA5322C1ABDC78F0D9A1CA5322C1AB&FORM=VIRE

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Re: Exploding Model 1861 C&B Revolver
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2019, 12:20:19 PM »
"Black Powder is considered an obsolete propellant, but never forget to respect it!"   :yessir:
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Re: Exploding Model 1861 C&B Revolver
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2019, 04:06:19 PM »
Good video to get out as a reminder to folks to be safe, and always double check if something doesn't look or sound right...  :bl th up

I have to say that in the closing comments of the video about "counting your shots on your target to be sure the ball exited the bore",,, well in my case I have to hit the target somewhere on the paper before I can do that....

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Re: Exploding Model 1861 C&B Revolver
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2019, 05:12:52 PM »
 Folks, consider this your weekly safety briefing.
Good job, sir.  :yessir:
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Re: Exploding Model 1861 C&B Revolver
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2019, 05:38:06 PM »
Good reminder on safety, IMHO.
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FWIW, I also believe that "squib" loads can cause this same explosive effect in rifles and shotguns too....it is Blackpowder after all.

I've seen guys, "cutting corners" on powder, because, "back in the old days THEY didn't use a lot of powder, due to the lack of availability"....that's likely true.
I'm sure, or mostly sure, they didn't always fire the heaviest loads in their rifles on every shot.
But, I am pretty sure they would NOT drop their loads down to less than one-half, just to save on powder.....but, all this is just one person's opinion.
I can, however, tell you I didn't get this old just by shooting squib loads, and I've been shooting for better than six decades.

Squib loads are downright scary to me, no matter what they're fired in, especially with the newer patent breeches.   :bow

 
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