I shoot a 1858 New Army Remington revolver all the time. The Cattleman's Carbine is nothing more then that revolver with a rifle stock. 30 grains of 3f powder and a .451 roundball. As for target shooting it would be a lot of fun. For hunting, you better be real up close and personal if your shooting anything large.
I see alot of the detachable stock pistols while searching for muzzleloader pictures. Some are even flintlocks. I never really understood them because the only purpose I see is to keep the pistol more steady. The ones I see with longer barrels are cool I think. If you look at English rifles with a pistol grip stock it's interesting to imagine them without the buttstock. Some of the antique double barreled Howdah pistols are nothing more than sawed off shotguns. The nice ones are not though.
I own and shoot regularly with one of these, got it from Cabela's as I remember, it's made by Uberti. It is a gas and a half at the range, I keep loads down around 32-35gr with Pyrodex P and .451 balls(they shave a good ring of lead when loaded) , Ox Yoke wads under the ball. I tried some hotter loads(up around 40gr) and got to where I saw some hammer blow back and reduced to the level above. It is extremely accurate at the 50 yd range and we bust a lot of clay pidgeons with it at that range. It really shines at the falling plates at 50 yds. Be careful of where you hold your left hand when shooting, you can get a pretty good burn if you get too far ahead of the trigger guard. Enjoy shooting it, I really like mine and it goes to the range often with me.
I imagine they would be fun to shoot. Iv'e seen pictures of several different revolving rifles too. Colt had one based on the Root revover but there were problems with it. This Billinghurst revolving rifle caught my eye. Of course replica rifles aren't available but it is nice looking at the antiques anyway.
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