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Remington 1858 Cap & ball with 6 spare cylinders (.44cal) 3 27.27%
Colt Peacemaker (.45cal) 8 72.73%
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Old 02-25-2008, 06:33 AM   #1
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Rem 1858 vs. Colt Peacemaker

What do you think woulda been better way back when, a Remington 1858 with a bunch of spare cylinders, or a Colt Peacemaker? Just in sheer terms of outbound rounds, nothing else.
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Old 02-26-2008, 05:16 AM   #2
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A muzzle loader with spare cylinders or a cartridge gun? Practice reloading, but the cartridge gun "should" be preferred. Then again, maybe not. Hickock still seemed to prefer the '51 Navy in 1876.

1875 Remington vs. S&W Schofield vs. 1873 Colt? That would be interesting. The top break Schofield should win.
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Old 02-26-2008, 06:18 AM   #3
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I'm just thinkin like this, though... The remington almost had a modern semi-auto effect-just drop the mag and slap in a new one. I didn't vote, though. I'm thinkin you could reload faster with the remington than you could with the peacemaker, but only if your ammo held out. Say I have 7 6rd cylinders. 42rds. The remington cylinders were notched so you could carry the hammer between chambers. Its obsolete these days, but I can see a pretty good advantage to it back then. and 42rds could hold out a long time.
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Old 02-26-2008, 07:15 AM   #4
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MG Wheeler, late of the CS Cavalry & commander of most US forces in the SA War thought that the carrying of TWO "brace" of Colt's Dragoons (on your saddle) & a brace of Colt's 1860 Armys was the REAL DEAL.
the General also carried a 1851 (heavily engraved) Colt's Navy (in his sash) up San Juan Hill.

all those "antiques" gave him 42 shots W/O reloading. btw, when LTC Teddy Rooseveldt said that he had lost his saber in action, GEN Wheeler was heard to say,
"Ain't that just like a damnyankee. carries a KNIFE instead of a couple of pistiols". (GEN Wheeler was, to say the least, "a character".)

so i guess i'll "vote" for the muzzleloader with extra cylinders.

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Old 03-03-2008, 07:18 AM   #5
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I have to go with the peacemaker. The muzzle loader with extra cylinders would need to be reloaded every few days to ensure reliability in damp conditions.
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Old 03-03-2008, 08:53 AM   #6
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to all, MG Wheeler, late of the CS Cavalry & commander of most US forces in the SA War thought that the carrying of TWO "brace" of Colt's Dragoons (on your saddle) & a brace of Colt's 1860 Armys was the REAL DEAL. ...GEN Wheeler was, to say the least, "a character".


Ah, "Fightin' Joe" Wheeler. Yup. He was a character.
His old house is in Northern Alabama along route 20 (Alt.72) about 20 miles or so west of where I live. Back about 1991 I had the chance to go through it. Since then a historical society has taken it over, but at that time it was cared for by an old man who could barely walk around, but gladly showed visitors (who were rather rare at the time) the grounds and through the house. In one front room at the time was a large case containing his uniforms, all looking very new and in good shape. On a nearby table lay several of his swords, and a Spencer Carbine, lacking a follower tube, but otherwise in pretty good shape. I don't know how he obtained the Spencer as it was a Union firearm.
His daughter apparantly lived well into the twentieth century. In the early fifties my mother, a Connecticut Yankee, had the opportunity to meet her when she was visiting down here. She used to walk between the home and Decatur about every day even into her old age. She was a tough ol' lady!
And dang it, I'm having a brainphart with regards to the name of the town that home is in, but it's right off R.20.
Sorry to diverge off the post topic but I just thought this interesting.
In any case, to keep within the topic, I will say I will go with the Colt SAA. All those extra cylinders would get heavy to carry all day, though I do like the Remington!
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Old 03-03-2008, 12:00 PM   #7
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By the time the peacemaker was making a noticeable dent in the sales of remingtons, there were "conversion guns" being offered up. My brother has a Remington that belonged to his father in law's father, who was in the civil war and lived in Walnut grove, home to the Little House on the Prairie. That gun has four cylinders, all bored and recessed to hold cartridges. I am not an expert enough to discern any changes made to the hammer or other works to get this to work, but these cylinders appear to have been used and to have worked.
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Old 03-03-2008, 01:02 PM   #8
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my g-g-grandfather was also an AL soldier in the WBTS. he carried (till his dying day, 06/14/1914) a brace of Colt's 1860 Army's, as a marshal of the courts. (i do not know if the 1860s were "converted to fixed cartridge" or not.)

i'd guess that he'd vote for the muzzleloaderover a SAA, too.

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