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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2021 5:01 pm 

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Location: High Wycombe
Home club or Range: Marlow RPC
I have an old workhorse BP pistol, an 1858 copy. Not a great gun but fairly accurate. The timing is very slightly off (too far clockwise by a degree or two). When loading the balls into the cylinders using the rammer if I let the cylinder click, the rammer does not go into line with the relevant chamber. Thus will not push the ball in. So my method of coping with this is that I do not allow the cylinder to click that last couple of degrees and the rammer works fine. Ball swages as it should.

Once caps are on, looking directly in line with the sights, barrel and nipple. the same degree or so also shows here but she fires nicely and groups well. However sometimes I can feel debris on my face a split second after I have fired. It is disconcerting and not pleasant. So can any of you suggest or confirm the cause. I think because the ball is not completely in line with the barrel there is an increased flashback of burning powder.

I have stopped using this BP pistol but looking through the internet there is such a wide range of information I do not know who to trust. I live in south Bucks and if I cannot fix it myself I would like a recommendation for a local pistol smith to do so.

Thank you in advance

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2021 5:30 pm 

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Location: newcastle upon tyne
Home club or Range: ponteland
I have seen exactly the same problem on a fairly new Pietta /Remington, I had assumed without stripping it down the hand was a tad too long and it was over indexing.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2021 10:09 pm 
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If it is a Pietta then spares are readily available from Henry Krank. Mine was a bit of a wreck timing wise, and someone had dry fired it repeatedly and hammered the nipples and trashed the hammer. I was really lucky - when I bought the service kit and fitted all the bits I only needed a slight tickle with wet and dry to smooth things out on the timing front and it's been fine.
Not very accurate with the original sight set up, though. Nowhere near point of aim.

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