New Lyman Plains Pistol

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  1. May 5, 2019 #21

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    My Lyman Plains pistol is 40+ years old. I surmise that it may have a bit of barrel wear. Loading with an .018 patch is a rubber hammer affair and tears the patch. The .015 is tight and requires a good thump to get it started, but does not tear the patch. It does shoot some very good long range groups though!
     
  2. May 6, 2019 #22

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    It's only my opinion but as I've mentioned before, tight patch/ball combinations aren't needed in most muzzleloading black powder pistols.

    They use much lighter powder charges than rifles do so the looser patch/ball combinations will seal off the powder gas easily without burning thru.
    Many have found that using a .010-.012 thick patch can make their pistol shoot as accurately if not more accurately than the thick patch load does.

    The thinner patches also make loading MUCH easier so there is less of a chance of breaking the grip while trying to start the ball/patch into the muzzle.
     
  3. May 6, 2019 #23

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    Grouping on steel at 45 yards with a pistol is great shooting :)
     
  4. May 6, 2019 #24

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    I think my magic combo is a .530 ball with a .15 patch, I use Mr Flintlocks patch lube.
     
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    Yes of course in a pistoll one wants a ball/patch combo that is easy to load.
     
  6. May 10, 2019 #26

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    In your opinion, is this style of sight ar least somewhat "correct" for maybe the late muzzleloading era , or is it modern and "farby" ? I know Marble's made similar sights in the late 1800s .

    I'm thinking of putting one on my Plains pistol but don't want it to look Jimwacked , I like to at try to adhere to period style shooting.
     
  7. May 10, 2019 #27

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    I spent part of my evening fitting this Lyman .404 globe sight to the pistol and altering the sight's dovetail was easy. Fit in easy but also nice and tight. The insert is as high as the stock sight. I had this sight laying around and thought it would look good on the Plains Pistol and give it an "1860s target pistol" look.
     
  8. May 10, 2019 #28

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    Please explain.... Process is?
     
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    Well, that rear sight would look pretty freaky, but I really like the front sight that you put on there. That looks cool. Once the pistol is sighted in with your preferred and most accurate load, there is no reason for an adjustable rear sight.
     
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    I would prefer to leave the stock rear sight on for aesthetics, I also love how the globe front sight looks on there.

    Lyman makes a European dovetail globe sight but it's too high
     
  11. May 11, 2019 #31

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    I'm pretty excited about how this globe sight looks, I love the sight picture and the ability to switch inserts.

    It looks very similar to some 1860s-1870s era Globe sights so it gives the pistol a "late muzzleloading era" feel to it.

    My intent is 100% to use this Plains Pistol as a target/match pistol. I'm working on getting my gun club to try to add muzzleloading pistol and rifle matches to its competitions that it hosts.

    As long as the Globe sight allows me to shoot in an "open" class I'm ok with it. This pistol has shown tremendous accuracy potential.

    The current sight insert is maybe 1/16" higher than the stock blade but in my little set of inserts I have lower ones. My man at Blue Falcon bullets has .542 lead bullets I'm going to try.
     

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    I like the front sight Stan. I usually dont care what others think. I go my own road. If it makes you happy then go for it.
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    I'll have to post "range report pt. 2" once I get the .543 bullets.
     
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    I may have missed where you got the front sight. I like it and want one on my .50 cal Mountain pistol to go with the ramp rear sight i have on it. Got a part number and manufacturer number? You can pm if you like.
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    I'm late to this party, just signed up. I thought I wuld say a Lee REAL bullet loads easily and will kill a big doe at 50 yds! I prefer this over patched round balls.
    I have also killed a coyote with a patched .530 roundball, so either will work!
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    Interesting ! or even the Knight hooded front sight plus the Marble bulls eye rear sight !
     

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    I run a .015 with a .535 in my Lyman.
    But it is 50 years old and probably has some wear....
    Still shoots straight and hits hard.
     
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    What Rat said, easy to load for follow up shots when hunting. Can't take the loading stand with you in the woods!
     

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