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Wads and Lubes / Lube Pills
« on: May 19, 2018, 07:02:33 AM »
Been using these lately and I'm very happy with the ease of use and results. Basically a pea sized ball of Gatofeo #1 that I drop in corn meal. The corn meal dusting makes the pills easy to handle with no sticky mess. They are dropped right on top of the powder charge(sometimes a paper cartridge without a bullet) and the ball rammed home. If shooting right away I don't use a card wad to separate  the lube and powder. These pills, for me, are a lot easier to make than the wool wads(which do work well) which have to punched out and soaked in lube in whatever manner is easy for you.
 I make the pills by pouring melted Gatofeo #1 into a lube ribbon extruder which produces a 1/4" X 1/2" ribbon. I then cut off a small piece, roll it in my fingers to a rough ball shape and drop them in the corn meal. This makes carrying the pills--in the field or Cowboy match, etc.--convenient as they are easy to handle and don't stick together. I just put the finished pills in some type of small container such as a shoe polish can or Altoids tin and off you go. The corn meal dusting also seems to help keep the pills from drying out. I have more testing to do in that regard, but so far some of the pills are more than three months old and working fine. I found it expedient to slightly vary the size of the pill between the 36's and 44's. Except for the Dragoons-- I just drop two of anything down that cavernous chamber. :)

Wads and Lubes / Lubed wad making
« on: May 27, 2017, 10:47:10 AM »
Posted this on another site but what the heck:
These are the types of things you do when you're retired and my wife is away visiting her family(I didn't want to go) for Memorial Day. Had a bunch of wool wads already punched out(36 & 44 for the cap&ball pistols) and a bunch of Gatofeo's lube recipe previously mixed up and decided to put them together.  After fishing the wads out of the melted lube(and burning my hands) and letting them cool, I decided to count them. Surprised to find 836 .44s and 835 .36s. How's that for close work? Remember I'm retired and you happily do dumb things like counting wads--it sure beats working or visiting the relatives. I went to put them away and discovered I had already done a few thousand so todays production got added to the inventory. This will help fullfill my retirement goal of shooting so much I am going to wear out a bunch of guns!! Hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day!!

General / Uberti 49 Pocket
« on: May 03, 2017, 01:37:50 PM »
Last week I mentioned the results I got with a Uberti 62 Pocket Navy. Basically, a cut down Colt SAA mainspring and Slix Shot nipples solved my problem. Trying the same approach with a Uberti 49 Pocket, I installed a similar mainspring but did't have another set of Slix Sots handy--you have to turn down the shoulder diameter a bit on the Slix Shots to fit the Pocket cylinders. Shooting a load of 13grs 3F Olde Enysford, .323 round ball & Rem #10 caps, I had one cap suck after another for 15 rounds along with one failure of the cap to fire. Kicking myself for not waiting to procure the Slix Shots and curious about the one failure to fire, I glanced at the now empty cylinder. With the hammer down it appeared there was a more than normal gap between the hammer face and nipple. I backed each nipple out about one turn and tried again. Surprisingly, I fired this thing for 20 more rounds without the slightist issue! I am at a loss to explain this. Did the apparently excessive gap, prior to turning out the stock Uberti nipples, give the exploded cap a "running start" at blowing back the hammer?
 The other surprise was how this thing shot. At 8 yards both windage & elevation were right on the money and I was able to get about a 3 in. group. Thats about as good as I can shoot this thing with that tiny front sight. I still plan to install either Tresso or Slix Shot nipples, but at least now I have two Pocket Models that actually work.

General / Uberti Pocket Model
« on: April 29, 2017, 02:43:55 PM »
Posted this on another site but thought it might be of interest. Bought a Uberti Pocket Navy and 49 Pocket  new last year. Mainspring on both were so weak that I was getting hammer blowback when simply setting off caps! Much worse when actually firing a load. I had done the usual before firing--installed Slix Shot nipples, cleaned up hammer face, Rem#10 caps, actions cleaned up, etc. I ordered two new mainsprings but they were exactly like the originals. Long story short, I took a stock Colt SAA mainspring, which was much heavier, and after trimming a little off each end it fit the Pocket Navy perfectly. Hammer pull was a bit heavier but not bad and same for the trigger pull. Went to the range and fired 25 rounds, result being one slight hammer blowback(round #20) and a partial cap suck(round#22). By that time the hammer face was pretty fouled and that might have caused the glitch. Either way I can live with the improvement. Seems like the current stock Uberti springs are not strong enough for reliable functioning. Had a similar pair of Uberti Pockets 20 years ago and didn't have any issues. Now, gotta do the same to the 49 Pocket

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