The solid steel frame design of the Remington makes it perfect for generous loads and hard work. After the War Between the States, a lawman in Wichita could be seen on the outskirts of town practicing with his ol' Remington on a regular basis. The deputy could use the revolver well, and practice kept his hand and eye keen, but he was also just as likely to slam the heavy butt of the Remington against an adversary's head, a practice that made young city policeman Wyatt Earp a constable to be reckoned with. Wyatt even had the old pistol converted to cartridge use while working in Wichita. It is also a fact well known that Frank James preferred the heavy frame of a Remington cartridge revolver for his infamous work. The Remington is still favored today, and most Distinguished Revolver Shooters in the N-SSA have garnered well-deserved recognition using a Remington revolver.
There are several loads you can use in the Remington, and I've provided ballistic data for five below. By far, the best performer in this group was the combustible paper cartridge load with 22.5 grains of FFF blackpowder. From a consistency standpoint, the 20.5 grains of FF blackpowder showed excellent standard deviation results, and is a light recoiling load, too.
I have three cylinders that shoot the 18.5 grain paper cartridge loads really well, and this has been my standard load for three or four years. Three out of six hits in a team event is good pistol shooting for sure, however, the 22.5 grain paper cartridge sure looks promising and I may have to change my pet load for Team Revolver.
|Load||Average Velocity||Standard Deviation||Group Size||# of hits 4" circle|
|20.5 gr FF(a)||700.5||18.18||20 sq. in.||4 / 10|
|18.5 gr FFF(b)||553.2||95.28||14 sq. in.||3 / 8|
|22.5gr FFF (b)||745.9||48.73||9 sq. in.||6 / 7|
|18 gr FFF (c)||580.9||22.27||24 sq. in.||4 / 10|
|23.5 FFF (c)||716.5||32.60||20sq. in.||5 / 8|
(b) Combustible Paper Cartridge
(c) Filler used, no wad.
For more information on making and using combustible paper cartridges, see my August 1995 column in The Civil War News.
After about a ten-minute soak, I scrub the barrel and each chamber of the cylinder out with a bronze bore brush. Removing the Remington cylinder is easy, just drop the loading lever and pull out the cylinder pin. Placing the pistol on half-cock makes removing the cylinder easier.
After a quick rinse in the warm water bucket, I wipe each chamber and the barrel out with a couple of patches until the patch comes out clean. If it's a sunny day, I'll put the hogleg on the hood of my car and let the sun dry it out (while the car is parked). Dreary days call for a couple of dry patches and a lot of water-displacing oil sprayed on and into the pistol. After the revolver is free of water and oiled, I can put it away until the next time I plan to use it.
About once a year, I like to disassemble the whole revolver and toothbrush scrub all the parts and check for wear on the internal parts. Paying close attention to detail has kept my New Model Army on the line for almost eight years now.
If you don't yet have a Remington revolver, they are available from most sutlers. It is a good idea to comparison shop when acquiring a Remington, there always seems to be some deals out there somewhere. That's all on the Remington for now. Until the next time, promote responsible gun ownership, shoot safe and have fun.
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