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Offline WASH BUSTER

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LE MAT REVOLVER
« on: September 20, 2013, 09:30:13 AM »
Recently acquired a Le Mat revolver,Pietta manufacture.Does anyone have some loading data for the two barrels.What shot do you use,can you fire a ball from the shotgun barrel.I bought this to complement my Walker which is carried in a shoulder holster the Le Mat will be on a belt holster,then a .36 1861 Colt in my pants,.50 caliber percussion rifle and Freedom arms .22 caliber percussion belt buckell pistol to round out my attire.Should be able to handle anthing that could possibly happen

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Re: LE MAT REVOLVER
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2013, 09:36:14 AM »
Hi WASH BUSTER, I want one but, the ones I come across are way out of my price range.  :'(

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Re: LE MAT REVOLVER
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2013, 09:39:13 AM »
Found mine in a  gun shop nib for $599.00

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Re: LE MAT REVOLVER
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2013, 09:47:35 AM »
Is that a good price for them?
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Re: LE MAT REVOLVER
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2013, 01:18:10 PM »
$599 is almost half off rack rate. Well done!

I don't recommend shooting ball out of a 20 ga barrel in a pistol. You can shoot buck - bird from it though. For S&G, I would use #7.5 shot following the 50/50 rule, powder to shot by volume. If you are getting poor combustion, I would work first on gas seal, then possibly drop the powder charge.   I would start at 11/16ths oz and work up to 7/8ths, which may be a bit much. Were you to go afield against other armed horsemen, I would load with #4 buck. The key to success with shot from such a short barrel will be gas seal and over powder pressure. You need a heavy fibre over powder wad a good .005 - .010 overbore seated with considerable pressure to get anything like full combustion and any velocity. If you want any kind of pattern past 10 ft, I would also use a stemless plastic shot cup. A good strong cardboard overshot card, well overbore, should hold shot in with no need for sealant, but that will take some experimenting.

I can't give you any advice on cylinder loads as I am unfamiliar with their volume.
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Re: LE MAT REVOLVER
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2013, 02:22:13 PM »
$599 is almost half off rack rate. Well done!

I don't recommend shooting ball out of a 20 ga barrel in a pistol. You can shoot buck - bird from it though. For S&G, I would use #7.5 shot following the 50/50 rule, powder to shot by volume. If you are getting poor combustion, I would work first on gas seal, then possibly drop the powder charge.   I would start at 11/16ths oz and work up to 7/8ths, which may be a bit much. Were you to go afield against other armed horsemen, I would load with #4 buck. The key to success with shot from such a short barrel will be gas seal and over powder pressure. You need a heavy fibre over powder wad a good .005 - .010 overbore seated with considerable pressure to get anything like full combustion and any velocity. If you want any kind of pattern past 10 ft, I would also use a stemless plastic shot cup. A good strong cardboard overshot card, well overbore, should hold shot in with no need for sealant, but that will take some experimenting.

I can't give you any advice on cylinder loads as I am unfamiliar with their volume.
 

I shoot ball out of a 20ga single-shot flint muzzleloader, but that's a different animal, I know.
  I'm curious what Wash Buster expects "that could possibly happen"?
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Re: LE MAT REVOLVER
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2013, 01:10:22 PM »
This may help: Mike Beliveau shooting the LeMat. He loads 30 gr Goex under wad and ball in the cylinders and  60 gr FFG (2 F not 3 F) with 1 oz of shot in the 20 ga barrel. Doesn't look too bad but I think he has insufficient over powder pressure. Note that he says he thinks the bore is slightly oversized. I would look for a better gas seal and start with loweer powder and shot charges...

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