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Hunting with a cap and ball six gun

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Hunting with a cap and ball six gun

Postby Spitfire » Thu Mar 29, 2012 1:35 pm

Have anyone ever hunted with the 1858 Remington or 1860 Colt sixguns :?: What did you use conicals or RB's ,Loads :?:
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Re: Hunting with a cap and ball six gun

Postby quigleysharps4570 » Thu Mar 29, 2012 2:27 pm

The barrel length makes them illegal here in Kansas for deer hunting...have sure killed many other critters with them though. Roundballs are all I use and in the .44 caliber 1860 Army it's 27-30 grs. of powder in mine.
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Re: Hunting with a cap and ball six gun

Postby jbullard1 » Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:37 pm

I carried my 1860 a couple years ago but never got a target in range. I have a Walker now that extends my range some but I have to tame this beast first
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Re: Hunting with a cap and ball six gun

Postby quigleysharps4570 » Thu Mar 29, 2012 8:07 pm

Curious Spit...what are you planning on hunting? With these deer we have here I'd keep in mind that I would have my work cut out for me tracking one after I'd shot it from even at a few feet or yards. They do just fine on rabbits, dillo's and turtles though. ;)
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Re: Hunting with a cap and ball six gun

Postby schoolmarm » Fri Mar 30, 2012 5:56 am

quigleysharps4570 wrote:Curious Spit...what are you planning on hunting? With these deer we have here I'd keep in mind that I would have my work cut out for me tracking one after I'd shot it from even at a few feet or yards. They do just fine on rabbits, dillo's and turtles though. ;)




Quigs, what do you shoot? I'm thinking about an 1860 .44. Your recomemdations..
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Re: Hunting with a cap and ball six gun

Postby quigleysharps4570 » Fri Mar 30, 2012 7:11 am

My favorite is the little .36 caliber 1861 Navy by Uberti. The 1860 Army is made by Pietta. The Uberti wins hand down between the two...it's action is smooth as glass and a little better fit/finish. I ever get me another 1860 Army...or any other as a matter of fact, it will be a Uberti. Course that's just my lone opinion. ;)
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Re: Hunting with a cap and ball six gun

Postby Spitfire » Sat Mar 31, 2012 5:47 am

Quigs the idea is to try and take an Impala and a warthog with the Remington. It has a 8" barrel and i can cram 35gr of ffg behind the ball and it shoots 3" groups offhand at 30 yrds.
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Re: Hunting with a cap and ball six gun

Postby quigleysharps4570 » Sat Mar 31, 2012 8:45 am

That warthog is gonna be tough Spit...your tracking skills are gonna get tested. ;)
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Re: Hunting with a cap and ball six gun

Postby schoolmarm » Sat Mar 31, 2012 2:07 pm

I don't know Quigs. I've killed every warthog I've seen with a .22. DRT..
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Re: Hunting with a cap and ball six gun

Postby jbullard1 » Sat Mar 31, 2012 2:24 pm

OK guy's
I'm breaking out the Walker
Getting ready to break it in right and get it tuned up
Starting loads will be with a roundball but I have a mold for a 220 gr bullet that I want to try
Any ideas in starting powder charges and what is max in the Uberti Walker
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Re: Hunting with a cap and ball six gun

Postby quigleysharps4570 » Sat Mar 31, 2012 8:28 pm

JB, the Lyman Blackpowder Handbook shows a 180 gr. conical with a wonder wad and 20 grs. of 3f Goex in that Walker as a starter...40 grs. as their max. Do away with that wad and use grease and you can get more in. ;) Roundball is showing 25 gr. start and 45 gr. max with the wad.
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Re: Hunting with a cap and ball six gun

Postby Spitfire » Tue Apr 03, 2012 11:58 am

Yeah i'll use that 45gr and a ball anytime ! If one can get within say 30yards of the animal and you put the ball through it's lungs it's bound to go down without running to far !
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Re: Hunting with a cap and ball six gun

Postby quigleysharps4570 » Tue Apr 03, 2012 12:50 pm

Almost 1000 fps with that 45 gr. load and roundball...one wouldn't go far shot thru them lungs. ;)
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Re: Hunting with a cap and ball six gun

Postby schoolmarm » Tue Apr 03, 2012 5:36 pm

Dang yall. Looks like I've got to try and find me a cap n ball pistola..
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Re: Hunting with a cap and ball six gun

Postby Spitfire » Fri Apr 06, 2012 1:10 pm

Got me a nice brace of Remington and Colt C&B's ! Looking for a Ruger OA and a Uberti copy of the Peacemaker in cap & ball to complete the collection . These rollies are a lot of fun to shoot and damned accurate too .
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Re: Hunting with a cap and ball six gun

Postby quigleysharps4570 » Mon Aug 06, 2012 12:42 pm

I know it's winter time there now, so do you have an update Spitty?
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Re: Hunting with a cap and ball six gun

Postby Spitfire » Sat Nov 03, 2012 1:00 pm

Got me an Impala ram with the Remington .44 loaded with 35 gr Swiss and a ball . Shot him from an elevated blind from about 25 yrds . The ball was found in the far side shoulder after penetrating the left lung and clipping the top of the heart. He ran about 45 yds before going down. No luck with the porkers though as they stayed well out of range . But i bought some bad medicine for them as well in the form of a .50 Buckhunter pistol that will extend the range some !
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Re: Hunting with a cap and ball six gun

Postby quigleysharps4570 » Mon Nov 05, 2012 10:54 am

Good job my friend...any pics?
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Re: Hunting with a cap and ball six gun

Postby Spitfire » Mon Nov 05, 2012 10:59 am

Nah ! Due to my clumsiness i dropped the camera through the hide's trapdoor and it went south :oops:
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Re: Hunting with a cap and ball six gun

Postby quigleysharps4570 » Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:10 am

Ouch...how far up were ya?
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Re: Hunting with a cap and ball six gun

Postby Spitfire » Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:22 am

I think the hide is about 25 ft high
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Re: Hunting with a cap and ball six gun

Postby schoolmarm » Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:39 am

Spitfire wrote:I think the hide is about 25 ft high




That'll do camera everytime..
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Re: Hunting with a cap and ball six gun

Postby Spitfire » Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:41 am

Yeah it nearly did me too ... So i thought rather the camera than me !
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Re: Hunting with a cap and ball six gun

Postby schoolmarm » Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:45 am

The older I get, the better ground blinds fit..
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Re: Hunting with a cap and ball six gun

Postby Spitfire » Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:48 am

Yeah i'll think twice before going up that blind again !
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