So took out an old all steel 1858 Remington 44 unfinished kit that my grandfather had started. It was stripped of all bluing or it never had it and I'm not sure who the maker of the kit was. I have some Lyman literature on it though but looks pretty generic, and there are some proof looking marks on it but they are only the Italian ones of Gardone proof and the anvil. and says 'for black powder only'
on the bottom of the barrel is '322' and on the bottom of grip between the wood is what looks like a SN 082xxx the last digit is mostly gone but I think it's a 4. Also the front sight is mounted in a dovetail.
It also came with a bullet mold for .44 cal. and I cast up about 40 rounds (my dad is a plumber) btw a small single burner camp stove worked great, however after trying to load the the .44 maxi-balls I found they're a PITA to load. Oh, I'm not supposed to shoot maxi out of a revolver...
Anyway it worked pretty well as long as I only loaded one round at a time and 25 gn of powder.
Anyway now that I have the wrong ammo, how do I select the correct ball size or is another type of round more accurate? I plan on continuing the casting so I want to get a mold eventually.
I slugged the barrel and below the sizes I came up with.
original bullet size is .453
slugged bullet size .446