Warning Lead Exposure

Discharging firearms in poorly ventilated areas, cleaning firearms, or handling ammunition may result in exposure to lead and other substances known to the state of California to cause birth defects, reproductive harm, and other serious physical injury. Have adequate ventilation at all times. Wash hands thoroughly after exposure.

SHOOTING OR CLEANING GUNS MAY EXPOSE YOU TO LEAD

AMMUNITION NOTICE

WE SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIM RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY DAMAGE OR INJURY WHATSOEVER OCCURRING IN CONNECTION WITH, OR AS THE RESULT OF, THE USE IN RUGER REVOLVERS OF FAULTY, OR NONSTANDARD, OR "REMANUFACTURED" COMPONENTS, OR OF POWDERS OTHER THAN THOSE FOR WHICH THIS BLACK POWDER FIREARM WAS ORIGINALLY DESIGNED.

POWDER CHARGE

It is safe to use as much Black Powder as the chamber will hold, leaving room for the bullet. This maximum loading is not usually the most accurate loading, however.

A good starting accuracy load, using a pure lead .457" diameter ball, is 20 grains of FFFg and sufficient filler (corn meal is frequently used as a filler material) to seat the ball approximately 1/16" below the chamber mouth. You may find that some minor adjustment of this charge upwards or downwards is more accurate in your "Old Army".

Filler is not required and can be completely dispensed with if the powder charge takes up at least 1/2 of the cylinder.

A WARNING- BLACK POWDER

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Black Powder is an extremely sensitive propellant and is readily ignited by heat, spark, static electricity, friction, pressure, impact, etc. Unlike smokeless powder, Black Powder will ignite with great violence and rapidity even when unconfined. Black Powder should be handled only in very small quantities. Never pour powder directly from a flask or powder horn into any muzzle loading firearm!

Many shooters pre-weigh single charges into medicine vials for use on the range or in the field. Never fire the revolver near an open powder container, or an explosion may result. If you are not familiar with safe handling procedures for Black Powder and for muzzle loading firearms in general, you should obtain one of the authoritative muzzle loaders' Manuals and study it carefully before beginning to shoot.

BLACK POWDER IS EXPLOSIVE

A WARNING - AMMUNITION

Death, serious injury, and damage can result from the use of wrong ammunition, bore obstructions, powder overloads, or incorrect components. Always wear shooting glasses and hearing protectors.

Never use smokeless powder in any muzzleloader!

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IMPROPER AMMUNITION DESTROYS GUNS

PERCUSSION CAPS

A percussion cap is a small metal cup, the interior top of which is coated with a priming mixture. This priming mixture is usually covered with a foil or paper liner. It fires when struck a blow.

The cap is placed on a cylinder nipple and when struck by the hammer, the priming compound explodes, igniting the powder charge.

The cap should fit the nipple only tightly enough so that it does not fall off when the barrel is elevated. Do not attempt to use caps which are too tight or try to force or pound caps onto the nipples, as a premature discharge could result. The suggested cap size for the Old Army revolver is No. 10 or No. 11 (U.S.) or equivalent.

Since percussion caps have an open end (which is placed on the cylinder nipple when you are ready to fire), they are susceptible to contamination. Be careful when handling percussion caps, especially with oily fingers, and try to keep water, grease, dirt and other contaminants out of the open end of the caps. Failure to do so is the main cause of misfires in cap and ball muzzleloading firearms.

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