Black powder cap and ball revolver loading stand

By Editor, Aug 31, 2014 | |
  1. Editor
    If there is anything a Hi-Point owner can value highly, it's a bargain. Well one of the best firearms bargains out there, that isn't made in Ohio by MKS, are reproduction brass-framed percussion revolvers. These guns, often clones of Colt Army and Navy revolvers are some of the most iconic of American hoglegs. You can almost feel the freedom sweep into your arms when you hold one-- and you can typically do that for about the price of a Hi Point pistol.

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    Clint Eastwood in the Outlaw Josey Wales, with a pair of Colt Walkers

    As with any bargain come bargain accessories. Hermitt here at the forum has a great tutorial on how to make a cap and ball revolver loading stand. Although he uses a beautiful Colt 1860 replica, this same type of stand can be made for just about any black powder wheelgun of your choice. -- Editor

    Black Powder Cap & Ball revolver loading stand

    A while back, I picked up this really cool brass frame ASM 1860 Army Colt replica .44 percussion revolver. I had some left over scraps of wood, so I thought it would be great to build a nice loading/display stand for it.

    I started out with a piece of cherrywood that was about 2 inches thick, 6 inches wide, and 12 inches long. I traced the butt of the revolver to create a pocket. This part was mostly done all by hand with a -inch wide chisel.

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    I did some smoothing and sanding with a little dremel grinder and it fit pretty well.

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    Next, I took a 4 inch hole saw and drilled for a pocket to hold the lead balls. I had to chisel out all the center by hand. I also drilled a 2-1/2 inch hole to hold a used pellet tin that I was using for my grease/lubricant. I use a mixture of Crisco with about 10% beeswax melted in for bore lube. I then took a 1/4" round-over router to the outside edges of the cherrywood base and to the 4" hole.

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    Next, I added a couple 1-1/2" holes that would be for holding the small tins of percussion caps.

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    The 4 inch hole holds 100 lead round balls just perfectly!


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    Next, I found a nice 2 x 2 inch piece of cherrywood that would make a great cross support. Drilled a inch half-circle in it and then ran a hardy bevel around the front edge of it.

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    For the sides, I had a nice piece of old growth clear redwood 1x8. I cut them to a free form shape and also beveled the edges with the router. I had a short piece of left over leather from a guitar strap that made a handy holder for the copper black powder flask.

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    I drilled a deep inch hole down from the top to hold a 'spatula' for the bore butter. A cleaned stick from a corndog was perfect!

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    A little test assembly...

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    Everything is looking nice.

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    After fitting it all together with some finish screws, I took it apart, did some sanding, and rubbed it down with some Watco walnut Danish oil that I had on the shelf. That really brought the cherrywood out and the redwood contrasted real well with it. I also lined the notch in the upper cross support with some self-stick hook & loop using just the soft side.

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    Unfortunately, I showed the finished stand to a friend and he had to buy it from me. I figured that I could just build another one whenever I get around to it.

    Well, now I needed something to display my revolver, so I grabbed a clean piece of lodgepole pine firewood and chainsawed it in half. Took a short piece of oxidized brass pipe and threw together a nice rustic display stand.

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    I hope that you enjoyed this and that it might spark some interest or ideas for building your own loading and/or display stands for your revolvers! Now all I need is time to get around to it so I can build another stand.

    --Thank You, Hermitt

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