Looking for a single shot percussion pistol

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  1. Nov 13, 2017 #1

    SacramentoJohnson

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    Howdy all!
    I'm looking for single shot target pistol, percussion, that is accurate and less than a grand. I've been looking at the Pedersoli Charles Moore as sold by Dixie Gunworks (I like the blued barrel!). Anybody have any experience with this pistol? Anybody know if the Dixie Gunworks one is the same quality as the in the white barrel sold by say Cherry's? (There's a significant price difference between the two.)
    I really want a loading ram rod on the gun, so that lets out a number of dueling type pistols. I really want one that can be very accurate, without buying an aftermarket barrel for it. Anybody have any other pistol suggestions? Anybody know any makers that might be able to supply such a pistol?
    Thanks!
     
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    M. De Land

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    I'd look for a used Yazel. I have two (flint and percussion) with 9 inch barrels in .36 cal. I don't know of better quality at any price but they are hard to find as they're not made any more and most owners tend to keep them.
     
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    I would look at The Gun Works, Springfield, Oregon. Joe and Suzy are nice, honest people. The sell a dueling pistol that is very nice. I have a pair.

    Michael
     
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    for your budget, I think you could get a custom gun made. I do not like double triggers on a pistol. A single set trigger that can be used either set or un set would be preferable. A good builder can make a gun with a plain trigger shoot with the same light crisp pull as set triggers. Prime parts will run about $400, leaving up to $600 for a gun smith to do the work.
     
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    Yes a custom if ya can afford it!
     
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    A big +1 for the Gun Works. A custom pistol with quality components that should last most of a lifetime. In addition you won't have to spend all your time and possibly $$ trying to get it to do what you want like you would with a lot of those Italian pistols. Great people but Joe is getting up there in years and there's a 6 month wait. I've been looking at them for several years and will probably have to buy one "for the wife" if I can ever put enough distance between me and the bills.
    http://www.thegunworks.com/custprodgun.cfm?ProductID=472&do=detail&Cat2Option=yes
     
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    I prefer the LePage to those mentioned above, and a P. Bondini (brand) if you can find one.
     
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    track of the wolf
     
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    Don't stick up your nose at a smoothbore.

    They can be VERY accurate at normal target shooting ranges. They can and will surprise you if you do your part!

    My Pedersoli caplock horse pistol is fantastic, .54 smoothbore.
     
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    Very old post from another site, not sure about posting it here.

    Smooth bore matches are 13 shots for scoring, regular match allow 10 per target, if smooth bore matches needed 13 shots they are not as accurate
    are they?

    Smooth bore is the toughest match to enter.
     
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    M. De Land

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    A TC Patriot especially. If you can find one in .36cal it will shoot with the best of them.
     
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    Thank you all! Think I will stick with a rifled barrel though; the local club doesn't do smoothbore pistol shoots.
     
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    Not sure if they qualify as a 'target' pistol but they're fun to shoot and play with. The lightweight #575494 Minie and tight fitting PRB loads are quite accurate. Loaded with big blank charges it will smoke up the Astrodome until about the 5th inning of game 2 of a double-header! :wink: :haha:
    http://loyalistarms.freeservers.com/usdragooncarbine1855-a.jpg
     
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    They hate getting beaten by a smoothbore is the real reason! IMHO
     
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    All that I can offer is that I have a CVA Mountain Pistol in 50 cal that is about 30 years old. I built it from a CVA kit and must have shot several thousand rounds through the gun. At the range last Sunday I shot seven rounds offhand and made a ragged hole about 2 inches in diameter at 15 yards from the target. Not too shabby for a 75 year old guy.
    Many years ago, I had an issue with the lock and sent it back to CVA for repair along with a note stating how much I liked the gun. CVA repaired it and sent it back with no charge.
     
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    A few years back a buddy and I tried to organize a pistol match. Something that would take several relays. for instance, 25 yd paper, 35 to 65 yard silly wets, 50 yd paper, 100 yd paper from a rest and a heavy pistol 125 yd silhouette from a rest. We got interest from all over the country, but not enough locally to support a one or two day match. The fine target pistols might have an advantage on the paper, but not on the knock down targets and perhaps not on the distance shots.
     
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    The Colts with that toothed gear loading lever are made to put weight of lead over the powder and also create good alignment.
     
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    At about $200.00 and in .50 cal the Traditions Kentucky pistol is an exceptional value and extremely accurate....at least mine is.
     
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    to some, hitting the barn from the hay loft is accurate. While the traditions barrels should be good for PRB accuracy, the locks and triggers are not. Even if one added a good lock and set trigger the gun is very front heavy. And that is the nature of that style of grip. I would shave weight off the barrel by turning the forward 2/3 to round.

    I think the OP is looking for a match style pistol out of the box. Too much modification of the traditions gun is required.
     
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    Mine is for hunting, shoots touching groups at 50 yards...
    If he's looking for a snazzy match pistol then the Kentucky is not the best choice...
     
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