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:D Howdy! I noticed that Cabela's has some cap and ball handguns. It seems the choices are the 1851 Walker, 1858 Remington, and a few others. Which one(s) are good for just plain shooting at targets, etc. Should you get an extra cylinder and nipples? Your views appreciated. Always, Gene Rector
 

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For just plain shooting, the strongest is the 58 Remington. The 51 Navy is an open-top Colt pattern, and is a light, naturally pointing shooter. The Remington is easier to swap cylinders in, and also very good with an R&D or Kirst conversion cylinder in 45Colt. The Walker is a very large 5 pound 44 which is impressive but not as handy a shooter as the 1860 Army or the 1851/61 Navy, at half the weight. If you want a 44 in Colt pattern, get an 1860 Army, it is prettier and more authentic than the 44 "navy" guns being made for sale. A proper Navy is 36 caliber. Do not get a brass frame, as pretty as they are, they are not tough enough for a lot of shooting. The conversion cylinders are NOT recommended in the brass frame guns at all. Most Cabelas revolvers are made by Pietta in Italy, and are adequate, though not the best in final fit and finish, but they are less expensive than Uberti revolvers.
 
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