How to Load the 1858 Remington New Army

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How to Load the 1858 Remington New Army
Practice loading your cap and ball revolver. (revolver image by AGphotographer from Fotolia.com)

Being able to easily load an 1858 Remington New Army cap and ball revolver is a skill that can make the experience of shooting these types of guns more enjoyable for the beginner. With the right materials and a little skill, you can learn to master the technique of loading this revolver. The quicker you can load, the more time you can spend perfecting your shooting technique, making each trip to the shooting range a pleasurable experience.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 1858 Remington New Army revolver
  • Percussion caps
  • Loading stand with armature for packing rounds and powder
  • Bore butter
  • .44-calibre cloth wads
  • Powder measure
  • .44-calibre round pistol ball bullets
  • F F F grade black powder for black powder guns
  • table

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Pull the hammer on the revolver to half cock position. This should free the cylinder to spin freely.

  2. 2

    Unlatch and move the loading lever on the pistol to halfway under the barrel.

  3. 3

    Slide the cylinder pin forward to the stop.

  4. 4

    Remove the cylinder out of the right side of the revolver, freeing the cylinder to be reloaded.

  5. 5

    Set the loading stand level on the table.

  6. 6

    Set the cylinder onto the loading stand with the nipple ends of the cylinder facing the table. There should now be six large holes facing upward. These are the bullet chambers where the powder and bullets go.

  7. 7

    Measure 30 grains of F F F grade black powder into the powder measure. Use only F F F grade black powder, as this is exclusively made for use in cap and ball revolvers.

  8. 8

    Pour the measured powder into one of the open bullet chambers on the cylinder.

  9. 9

    Place a .44-calibre cloth wad into the open bullet chamber on the cylinder where you just poured the powder.

  10. 10

    Place a .44-calibre round pistol ball bullet into the open bullet chamber where you just placed the cloth wad.

  11. 11

    Use the armature lever on the loading stand and pack the bullet, wad and powder into the open bullet chamber on the cylinder where you just placed them.

  12. 12

    Place bore butter over the bullet you just packed with the armature lever of the loading stand.

  13. 13

    Repeat steps 7 through 12 until five of the open bullet chambers on the cylinder have been packed with powder, wad and bullet and covered with bore butter. Leave one open bullet chamber on the cylinder in order to have a safety spot for when you return the cylinder to the revolver.

  14. 14

    Place percussion caps on the nipple ends of the revolver's cylinder on the bullet chambers that you just loaded. Leave a cap off of the open bullet chamber that you left unloaded.

  15. 15

    Place the loaded cylinder back into the right side of the revolver.

  16. 16

    Slide the cylinder pin back into the cylinder, securing it into the revolver.

  17. 17

    Move the loading lever back to the position, making it parallel to the barrel of the revolver. This fully secures the cylinder in the revolver.

  18. 18

    Rotate the cylinder to the point where the unloaded bullet chamber is in line with the barrel.

  19. 19

    Return the hammer from the half cock position on the revolver to where it is sitting on the nipple -- where there is no percussion cap. The revolver is now in the safety position and has been reloaded and is ready for firing.

Tips and warnings

  • Remember to leave one chamber unloaded as a safety. This allows the revolver to safely be carried while loaded.
  • Also remember to cover all loaded bullet chambers with bore butter. Failure to do so can result in the gun exploding in your hand, as all bullet chambers could fire off at the same time.

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