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1873 Single-Action Revolvers From Tradition Firearms

Traditions Firearms introduces a collection of 1873 Single-Action Revolvers in two lines, the top quality Frontier Series and the affordable Rawhide Series. Each series offers something for anyone interested in single-action shooting.

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  1. Eric Partika says:

    Traditions Firearms,
    I just bought your 1873 44 Caliber Peacemaker for my daughter’s 16th birthday. I am very concerned. Is this model percussion revolver safe to shoot
    I just watched on video where a professional shooter went to test your 1873 Colt replica and had a double cylinder discharge and on the same load had a triple cylinder discharge.
    He used 30 grains of the spec recommended black powder with a .454 round ball and the charge explosion it seemed was to much for the revolver ;the cylider seems to be moving back in the frame detonating caps.
    Is this true? Did he use to much of a powder charge? Are there any manufacturer safe procedures in loading and shooting the Traditions 1873 44 caliber revolver. Is your 1873 model safe to shoot.

  2. Eric Partika says:

    Hovey I wonder if you had an issue to that specific revolver? I bought the Traditions Pietta Peace Maker Black Powder Revolver. On first shooting using as you recommended 25 grains of Pyrodex black powder – a wad compressed – a round ball compressed – a wad compressed I shot 48 rounds with 2 misfires. I had to change from a # 10 cap to a # 11 cap. The number 10 cap allowed little or no space for the cylnder to turn properly. I went with a # 11 cap which easily fitted the nipple snug not to loose and sat deep leaving lots of room between the cap and the carriage.
    I had two misfires and “no” multiple cylnder firings. The two misfires the caps detonated on the second firing. I found this revolver to be very easy to use, reliable and very accurate at 25 yards. By the 4th cylinder I was putting the round balls with in a 6 inch group. Eric

  3. Eric Partika says:

    Partika
    10 hours ago (edited)

    Hovey, I wonder if you had an issue to that specific revolver? I bought the Traditions Pietta 1873 Replica Peace Maker Black Powder Revolver . On first shooting using as you recommended 25 grains of Pyrodex P black powder – a wad compressed – a round ball compressed – a wad compressed; I shot 48 rounds with 2 misfires. I did have to change from a # 10 cap to a # 11 cap on first firing attempt. The number 10 cap allowed little or no space for the cylinder to turn properly. I went with a # 11 cap which easily fitted the nipple snug not to loose and sat deep leaving lots of room between the cap and the carriage. The caps fired properly and fell clear of the cylinder with no snags or binding.
    Once I changed to a # 11 Winchester magnum cap I had two misfires and “no” multiple cylinder firings out of 48 firings. The two misfires the caps detonated on the second firing. I found this revolver to be very easy to use, reliable and very accurate at 25 yards. By the 7th cylinder I was putting the round balls with in a 6 inch group. I do understand what your video displays but I see a 25 grain load is fun for shooting and makes for a reliable non eventful shoot as no multiple firings. I do not see the milder load to be something you would boar hunt with. I talked to Traditions tech guy who said to go for the 30 grain load that 30 grains is the factory spec. After your display I think we will see. I will get back to you in two weeks. I am going to shoot the 30 grain load with a round ball. Eric

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