Poor Johnnie Indeed! I feel myself BLESSED not to have one of those unreliable, Cranky, Open Framed Monstrosities in my collection of Percussion Weapons! For I have THREE Copies/Replicaa's/Duplicates of the 1863 Remington New Army Revolver, but with 5.5" barrels, These three WONDERFUL weapons ALWAYS go off whenever I press the trigger at my (?) range,(Which is a patch of Natural Arizona Desert, measuring roughly 93,000 Acres!) Where I am wont to enjoy my guns, "Far from the Madding Crowd!" While using these Very Well Designed weapons, I have NEVER had a cap jam up the guns, and since I perfected my method of loading and cleaning them, I have NEVER had either a misfire of a failure to fire! Which is more than can be said for my very first Percussion Revolver! This Thrice Accursed Gun, was a copy of the Colt 1860 Army, and gave me so much aggravation, I was often tempted to hurl the bloody thing down range, after the last shot it HAD successfully fired! I NEVER got six consequitive shots out of the Benighted thing! Then one evening a nice young man, a New Memebr of the club, came onto the range with a different style of Percussion Revolver! I watched as he loaded it, put caps on the nipples, and looked around, and then asked me if it was okay for him to fire. (I think he was being considerate about my ears!) I nodded, and to my amazement and confusion, six rounds boomed out, without the hint of a bobble! So I went up to the young fellow,(I was about the same age as he was w-a-y back then!) and asked if I may examine his revolver. It turned out to be a replica of the Remington New Army. The Young guy obligingly removed the cylinder, which surprised the Heck outa me, as it was so quick and simple, and I immediately saw the narrow slot in the recoil shield, through which the hammer had to pass to strike the cap. Once struck by the hammer, the cap of course spread out, and as too big to be dragged back through the slot in the recoil shield, so the IRRITATING JAMS I HAD BEEN EXPERIENCING WITH THE THRICED
ACCURSED COLT 1860 ARMY, could not possibly occur with this design. Upon reaching Home, I prayed that the Lord would provide me with a big enough Fool, with a desire to buy my 1860 Colt Repro from me. The Lord was kind enough to provide such a Fool, and with the money thus gained, I went to Messrs. Cogswell and Harrison in London's Piccadilly, and purchased my First Replica Remington .44! I have NEVER LOOKED BACK!!!!! (This was in England in about 1963!)
It has been roughly three and a half years since I had my last Missfire/Failure to fire! The last occasion was caused by the fact that I had unwisely bought some CCI Persussion caps. I had lightened my Mainspring slightly, and CCI caps require a very heavy hammer blow to reliably set them off. Since that time, I have used Exclusively Remington # 10 Caps, which for me, have proved Infallible!
For me, Remington #10 Caps have proved Ultra Reliable, and this, coupled with the way I clean my weapons, and the way I reload them, gives me 100% reliability of fire! I recently took out to my range, six cylinders that I had loaded, and placed in a box that I dated! After they had remained loaded for Nine Months, I took all six with me, and each and every cylinder, fired all six chambers with a Very Loud BOOM, and a Full Power Shot!!! I carry Betsina,(The Firstborn of my Triplets.) with me daily, in a shoulder Holster, for Self Defense should the occasion arise that required the use of, "Deadly Force!" Most Fortunatly, this has not so far occurred! However, in spite of never having ever been a Boy Scout, I do most heartily endorse their Motto!"Be Prepared!"
Some of my good fiends on this forum, (And a few others, who would probably like to learn of my passing?) have hinted they consider it most un-wise of me, to rely on a system that has been around for over 150 years! Well it all depends on how you load and keep the weapons, in a constant state of Readiness! You see I KNOW that every time I drop a hammer on a cap, the gun WILL go off! My good friend Richard has chronographed my Personal Defense Load,(PDL for short!) at an average speed of 945.55 fps! (For a black Powder Revolver with a fairly short barrel, That Aint Hay!) So since I have supreme confidence that the gun WILL ALWAYS GO BOOM, WHENEVER I SQUEEZE THE RIGGER, I have great faith in my methods, as well as my loads and the guns themselves! I have a couple more cylinders, that are approaching eighteen Months since they were loaded, and I will shoot them off when it is slightly OVER eighteen months since I loaded them,and will report on this forum what happened!
To get the velocity, I use .457 balls. It seems that it takes the powder charge a Nano Second or two longer to get the heavier, and more tightly fitting ball to begin to move in the chamber, and this fraction of a second allows the charge to REALLY GET IT'S DANDER UP! The result is about 100 fps faster than the same charge with the recommended .454 Ball! I have always admired General Nathan Bedford Forrest! You will doubtless remember his saying? "Git That Fustest with The Mostest"
Should anyone wish to know what my PDL is, I must warn you that it should ONLY BE USED IN MODERN MADE REPLICA'S OF THE REMINGTON REVOLVER. It may destroy an Original Remington Revolver. So only use it in Pietta's of relatively New Construction! It IS a STOUT LOAD! Kinda like setting off a Nike Ground to Air Missile, with your own two sweaty little hands! The first time I touched it off, I remember thinking, "WOW!" The Recoil WILL get your attention!