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My friend borrowed my 1851 navy to shoot with his friends. Calls me and said when he fired it four chambers ignited, one ball was lodged in the rod chamber. He didnt use wades, just lube on the ends 25 gr. Powder ,#11 caps. Any similar experiences and why!
 
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My friend borrowed my 1851 navy to shoot with his friends. Calls me and said when he fired it four cylinders ignited, one ball was lodged in the rod chamber. He didnt use wades, just lube on the ends 25 gr. Powder ,#11 caps. Any similar experiences and why!
I had that happen to me once back in High School shooting my newly acquired 1860 Remington. I forgot to lube over and had two barrels go off. Fortunately not the bottom one behind the frame. I never used anything other than lube, but I understand wads with lube is better. A good friend of mine, a while back, bought him one and he was going to use it on some feral cats that kept coming into his yard. We lived in a small town and were both on the outskirts of town. He drew down on the critter at about 15 yards, pulled the trigger and had 4 chambers go off. He apparently didn't lube any of them. Funny thing, was when the smoke cleared, he said that the cat was still standing there.
 

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Maybe he got them mixed up why does it happen , how to prevent it, i never had a problem like that ,1968 brass frame good shooter. Why would 10 s do that
 

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I had that happen to me once back in High School shooting my newly acquired 1860 Remington. I forgot to lube over and had two barrels go off. Fortunately not the bottom one behind the frame. I never used anything other than lube, but I understand wads with lube is better. A good friend of mine, a while back, bought him one and he was going to use it on some feral cats that kept coming into his yard. We lived in a small town and were both on the outskirts of town. He drew down on the critter at about 15 yards, pulled the trigger and had 4 chambers go off. He apparently didn't lube any of them. Funny thing, was when the smoke cleared, he said that the cat was still standing there.
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The ending was sweet. He cleaned it by taking it apart and putting the cylinder in the dishwasher. After his wife got threw yelling at him, he didn't want anything to do with it anymore. I traded him for $50 Credit at my dad's grocery store, and he was as happy as if he had good sense. I still have the pistol to this day, it's a .44 Navy with a 5 1/2 inch bbl.
 
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My friend borrowed my 1851 navy to shoot with his friends. Calls me and said when he fired it four cylinders ignited, one ball was lodged in the rod chamber. He didn't use wads, just lube on the ends 25 gr. Powder ,#11 caps. Any similar experiences and why!
Don't lend your guns to folks who have no clue.
 

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A couple years ago I replaced all the nipples on my Uberti 1858, Uberti 1860 and ROA with Slixshot nipples and I have never had a cap blow off a nipple when fired. For the two Uberti revolvers, I use only a .454 ball size and get a good lead ring when seating the ball for a sealed fit of a ball in a cylinder chamber. For the ROA, I use the Ruger recommended .457 size ball only with a good seal. All my revolvers use a #10 cap only. I've never had a chain fire or mishap. The company that makes Slixshot nipples also makes them for Pietta revolvers. A little pricy at $36.00 for six nipples but worth it to me. Nightwolf1974 is right. Don't lend your shooter to friends and especially anyone else.
 

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I have an 1849 Colt copy that #10 caps are loose on so on EBAY I got a batch of short sections of vinyl tubing that encase the cap and hold them firmly on the nipples. I should imagine that would also be a safe guard against cap flash setting off other cylinders thru the nipples.
 

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I have an 1849 Colt copy that #10 caps are loose on so on EBAY I got a batch of short sections of vinyl tubing that encase the cap and hold them firmly on the nipples. I should imagine that would also be a safe guard against cap flash setting off other cylinders thru the nipples.
That's something that I did not mention in my last post. I too use the small cut vinyl tubes that I also bought on ebay around each capped nipple. They work well in both holding on cap on the nipple securely with a possible benefit of sealing out moisture. Possibly a solution to hold on #11 caps on a nipple without pinching the cap.
 

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I had that happen to me once back in High School shooting my newly acquired 1860 Remington. I forgot to lube over and had two barrels go off. Fortunately not the bottom one behind the frame. I never used anything other than lube, but I understand wads with lube is better. A good friend of mine, a while back, bought him one and he was going to use it on some feral cats that kept coming into his yard. We lived in a small town and were both on the outskirts of town. He drew down on the critter at about 15 yards, pulled the trigger and had 4 chambers go off. He apparently didn't lube any of them. Funny thing, was when the smoke cleared, he said that the cat was still standing there.
Chain-fires are caused by fire jumping from one nipple to the next.
Not from the front unless the balls are grossly undersized. Grease or wads make no difference.
 

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My friend borrowed my 1851 navy to shoot with his friends. Calls me and said when he fired it four chambers ignited, one ball was lodged in the rod chamber. He didnt use wades, just lube on the ends 25 gr. Powder ,#11 caps. Any similar experiences and why!
Wow, I've never heard of that many chambers firing in a chain! Wonder what the recoil was like? If he used proper size balls and grease over ball than it had to be loose caps or cracked cylinder !
 

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The most likely culprits would be undersized balls or ill fitting caps/ caps that fell off if too big.
I was thinking about purchaseing a Remington clone and needed to ask a few questions about the pistol. I am ignorant when it comes to BP pistols? You answered my main question! Thanks!
 
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