View Full Version : Misfires on 1861 Navy Colt
12-28-2005, 02:40 PM
I have an 1861 Navy Colt that is nothing but frustration. I sometimes go a complete cylinder without a single round firing. The forum here says to use #10 Caps -- but when I do, they fit so tightly I sometimes can't turn the cylinder. But even when it turns, the hammer strikes and there's no ignition. Same thing with #11s. Please help, as this gun is totally unreliable.
One thing about these guns is that you very rairly get it shooting rite out the box without doing some experimenting. That's part of the fun.
For me I find Tresso nipples and Remmington #11 caps work best on just about everything I got. Very few jams and they seat just rite. At a match I use a curved piece of antler to seat the caps, at home I just use lower the hammer and use it to seat the caps.
You can get Tresso's at Thunder Ridge Muzzle loading.
I have had the type of problems you describe when using other than Remington or CCI caps.
02-14-2006, 06:47 PM
Firing my own 1861 Navy sometimes it happens that exploded caps get stuck between the cylinder and the frame, making a bit difficult to arm the hammer and turning the cylinder. The only time I had misfires was a day when a small piece of cap went stuck under the hammer. I changed several caps and spent 10 minutes before I could see the problem...
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