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Thread: Load info for 1862 Police & 1873 Cattleman SA BP

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    I'm looking for loading info for Uberti's Colt 1862 Police in 36 cal and 1873 Cattleman Single Action cap and ball black powder version in 44 cal. Anyone have any comments?

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    my bassic load for my 51's is round ball, lubed wad or grease on top of ball, 21 grains 3f black powder and remington #11 cap on tresso nipples

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    Thanks. I'm going to experiment a little with 15 and 20 gr of 3f and a 0.375 round ball in the Police, and probably 18 to 30 gr and a 0.451 round ball in the Cattleman.

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    My experiance with Uberti's is that .375 is a bit too small and can be thumb pushed in the chamber and can back out. I've had .375 balls stick to the rammer and come back out of the chamber still stuck to the rammer. .380 is as small as I'll go for Uberti 36's. Pieta's work fine with .375's, but are more accurate with .380's. My Ubetia's would probably handle .385's nicely, but my mould cast .380 and I have a couple of Pieta's so I use one size for all my 36's.

    You'll also probably get better acuracy with .454's, but I haven't had a problem with them backing out of my armies.

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    Hi, Will.

    I had originally bought the 0.375 balls for a Pietta 1858 New Army in 36 cal (yeah, I know - should be 44 cal, but I was young and foolish once...). I thought I'd try them in the Uberti too, just for grins. I had heard that the right size for the Uberti 36 cal Police was actually 0.390, but I don't have any of those yet. I'll add the 0.380/0.385 to my wish list today. And if the 0.375's work OK, I'll post to this forum under a new thread.

    As for 0.454, don't have any of those either, so the list grows. Thanks very much for the info.

    Mike

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    Will,

    Following up: finally got some .380 and .390 balls for the 36 cal Uberti Police, but have not yet shot the gun. I'm concentrating on my 44/45 cal stuff for the next few months. I used .451's in the Cattleman SA on top of 25 gr 3f 777 and a lubed wad with good accuracy left/right. However, the gun shoots low consistently. I think the ball is OK but the front sight needs a little taken off. Will try that later this summer.

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    In a Police Pocket, .36cal. the best load for the pistol is 15gr. 3FG to 16gr.3FG

    If you're shooting a conical shaped bullet, stick with 15gr. 3FG or you'll be having to use a pocket knife on the tips of the bullets sticking out above the chambers.

    15 - 20 grs. 3FG are good in the 1851 Navy. Too much powder will eventually cause a .36 Navy, and even a .44 Army, to shoot lose,, meaning the cylinder pin will work lose thus throwing your aimpoint off.

    Find a ball or conical bullet that you can't press into the chambers with your thumb and you'll have the right size, depending on caliber !!

    If you're shooting a Second Generation Colt Navy, Colt's suggests using a#10 Cap, a .378 ball over 18 grs. 3FG Black Powder. It would be safe to say the same could be used in a Uberti .36 cal Navy Colt Repro.


    Have Fun.

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