Shot the match yesterday and placed 2nd in big bore rifle silhouette and 1st in pistol, shooting the newly resurrected Colt. Fired 15 shots and the lug showed no signs of moving. The gun shot every time with only one hitch, a cap fell off, it was probably tangled with a cap fragment from a previous shot as I forgot to raise the pistol when cocking the hammer a few times. I had time to leave the firing line, walk back to my bench, recap the nipple, return to the line and fire the shot within the time limit as the time is set for loading single shots. Was glad no fire got in the unprimed nipple, the Colt is well designed there.
The first relay was the 25 yard chickens and I shot them like you see on TV, four rapid pop/clang and a miss. Success sometimes brings on bad behavior. Not much hold under was required. The next targets were the same size chickens at 40 yards where I knew the hold under was going to be much greater. I didn't do as well there but good enough for 1st. Need to shoot on paper to see what the sight picture looks like.
Like you folks I prefer to shoot the round ball, I was looking for a load that would give a good sight picture. I will work on lowering the powder charge and adding fillers to put the ball near the cylinder end. Have any of you worked with cork wads? I used to use them for adjusting the OAL of the powder column on black powder cartridges and they worked well, in fact they improved the accuracy by moving the bullet out a little before the gas worked on it at the end of the barrel. Perhaps cutting the wads from thicker felt would do the same and be safer (we know the felt wad really works).
I will check out changing the nipples. Uberti built the gun for Colt but as I remember they used American size and pitch hardware, does anyone know for sure what the proper size would be? I ordered a set from Dixie years ago but they were too long and I didn't even try to screw them in. At that time guys were making shims to place under the nipple to get a better strike. Also what is the proper size punch to make the wads, I have the felt suppliers web site and will soon order some different thickness hard felt. Thanks again. Regards, Bob