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Cleaning the Remington with complete disassembly

The complete method

  1. Check if the gun is unloaded.
  2. Put the hammer in half cock, release the loading lever and pull the axis forward to remove the cylinder from the frame.
  3. Unscrew all the nipples.
  4. Remove the grip panels by removing their screw.
  5. Loosen the main spring screw located at the front side of the grip frame.
  6. Use a brass rod and hammer to push out the strong end of the main spring from it recess.
  7. Unscrew the screw of the trigger guard and remove the trigger guard.
  8. Unscrew the screw of the trigger spring and remove the spring.
  9. Unscrew the screw of the cylinder stop and trigger and remove the parts.
  10. Unscrew the screw of the hammer and push the hammer downward.
  11. Unscrew the screw of the hand and remove the hand, now you can remove the hammer by moving it upwards.
  12. Unscrew the screw of the loading lever and remove the part. Now you can remove the cylinder axis.
  13. Put all the metal parts in hot soapy water for at least a minute.
  14. Use an old tooth brush to clean powder residue from the surfaces.
  15. Use a bristle brush to clean the barrel and the cylinder chambers.
  16. Dry the metal parts. The hotter the water was the easier this job will be. You can use a hairdryer for this purpose. Use dry patches to wipe any remaining water from the barrel and chambers.
  17. Apply oil on all external and internal surfaces, but do not overdo it in the bore and in the chambers.
  18. Use PTFE tape to cover the threads of the nipple and replace them into the cylinder.
  19. Apply a light coat of heat resistant grease to the axis of the cylinder and remount it.
  20. Assemble the revolver following the reverse of the sequence above. Hint No. 1: Always check if the cylinder stop is withdrawn when you replace the cylinder so you can avoid scratching the surface. When remounting the cylinder do it from the right side of the frame, and try to rotate it a bit, so the ratchet on the back will push the hand in. Hint No. 2: When replacing the main spring be careful: put a pencil between the front part of the frame and the spring. Now with a little tension push one corner into its recess. Use a wooden hammer to push it into its place completely.

The fast method

It is not necessary to completely disassemble the revolver after each shooting sessions. It is enough to clean the cylinder, barrel only, wipe off the residue from the outer surfaces, and apply some oil to the trigger mechanism ans surfaces. The cylinder and bore needs complete cleaning. The best way is to remove the cylinder and the loading rod, and submerge the barrel into hot soapy water with the muzzle pointing down, so only the bore will be under water. Leave it like this for a minute and use a bristle brush to clean the bore and chambers. The rest of the process is the same as described before.

Our Jager rifle and light infantry tactics of the Napoleonic wars

Here is a new video from the Capandball channel. Seems to me another nice time travel. Capandball is demonstrating the light infantry tactics of the early 19th century with proving the accuracy of our flintlock Jäger rifle in military conditions as well. Give this video time. It will worth it!

 

Developing load for .45 cal Pedersoli Gibbs rifle

A young and enthusiastic Italian shooter was so kind to share with us his expereinces with his first ever muzzleloading gun: a Pedersoli Gibbs .45 long range rifle. Here is his story of success:

I am Gianluca Frison, 41 years old, I live at Enego, a small mountain village located on the Sette Comuni plateau (Vicenza). The passion for hunting, harboured since childhood, was passed down from my grandfather to my father and for more than twenty years I have been reloading for several calibres, both rifles and shotguns, I also attend many target shooting competitions with winning results.

For some years I have been curious about the mystical world of muzzle loading and I took the time to research to learn more, consulting specialty magazines and the web to understand which gun could satisfy my expectations.

Having obtained great satisfaction with rifles, looking for best accuracy, I wanted a muzzle loading gun that could have the best accuracy with the possibility to perform at long range shooting.

The choice was just so easy, I wanted a Pedersoli Gibbs rifle, 45 calibre! After considerable research I had the opportunity to purchase a used rifle, with impatience I started immediately to experiment with different loads, typical for the Gibbs rifle, downloaded from published information and from the web.

I almost got frustrated during the firing tests with 80-95 grains of Swiss powder #2, with the classic, greased bullet of 535 grains, until I thought about the well-known adage when reloading modern guns “if the reloading formula (bullet type and weight, powder type and weight, primer, etc.) is the Holy Grail for one gun, the same cannot occur for another gun even chambered in the same calibre, even of the same model. This should also be the case of muzzle loading”. I therefore decided to try a new strategy. I gradually reduced the loads to 60 grains and finally I started to have the desired results..

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Five shots, pure lead bullet 535 grains, lubed with 50% bees wax and 50% paraffin, 60 grains of Swiss powder 2F. One 9×21 case load of semolina over the powder and a vegetable fibre wad.
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Six shots with pure lead bullet 535 grains, lubed with 30% bees wax and 70% margarine butter, 60 grains of Swiss powder 2F, between the powder and the bullet a cardboard wad obtained from a beer coaster.

As it can be seen from the photos, I tried different lubes, but I also experimented with semolina as wad filler. This practice is quite widely used among the shooters, it seems that semolina has the ability to absorb the inertia at the bullet base, due to the deflagration of the powder, semolina also has a cleaning effect on the barrel.

After the initial promising results, having seen other interesting ones on the web, I decided to have a bullet mould made by Brooks’ (www.brooksmolds.com). I chose a bullet design, the New Postell weighing 552 grains in pure lead. With the increased bullet weight, I increased the powder load by 5 grains… I did not have to wait for the results for long!

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I tested at 200 metres and I was happy with the result!

Five shots at 200 metres, two rounds doubled at 8 h. 552 New Postel pure lead lubed with citronella candle 65 grain Swiss 2F, cardboard wad.
Five shots at 200 metres, two rounds doubled at 8 h.
552 New Postel pure lead
lubed with citronella candle
65 grain Swiss 2F, cardboard wad.

As you see I experienced an unusual lube!! The citronella candle.
When I published this news on one forum in USA, the members were shocked and exclaimed: “It does not matter what you use, what is important is that it works, not what it looks like”

 

Many thanks for your report Gianluca! Keep up the good work!

The Pedersoli Team