1873 Black Powber revolver
A friend of mine has a cap and ball revolver designed to look like an 1873 Colt SAA.
The caliber is .44 does anyone know if I can shoot conical bullets (as opposed to balls) out of it?
Does anyone have any experience with pyrodex pellets with a cap and ball revolver.
My friend lives in DC (although he is not a resident) and bought one for defense. We shot it last week and the powder and ball worked out, but wouldn't pellets and bullets be a better combo? Also is there any way to make the weapon more reliable?
Reliability is usually to be found in the nipples (you want Treso, aftermarket brand nipples) and good caps (Remington is the only way to go).
If there's enough room to fit conical bullets in the cylinder, go ahead and use them if you want. Anything that will fit will work.
No personal expirience here, just reporting what I've read...
The original 1800's users of the cap and ball revolvers prefered the round ball for stopping power. I'm assuming the "flatter" nose of the round ball did more damage than the more streamlined nose of the conical.