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Okay guys, you've got a stone "Rookie" on the forum today. I received an 1851 Con Navy (Pietta) for Xmas and when the first round fired (not the first load), I was hooked. I'm learning quickly but I'm still going to ask this forum a lot of ignorant questions, here's the first.

In a local gun shop they have a used "Virginia Dragoon" (that's what they're calling it). It's made by ARMI and they want $399 for it. I'm looking for info on this particular type of gun. Is this a "Walker" style gun? What type of powder charge (I'm using fff Pyrodex P) If I pay the ask price for this gun am I getting hammered?

When I type "Virginia Dragoon" into Google I pretty much get links having to do with smokeless 44 mags

Like I said, I'm very new to this. Any comments or opinions regarding these replica hand cannons would be appreciated.

My smokeless powder days are now behind me.
 

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Okay, thanks for the replies. I did a LOT of research yesterday after I posted my question. The Dragoon has USMR on the cylinder engraving. I got the price down to $300 with no tax and did the deed. My wife will forgive me eventually.

I won't be able to shoot it until Friday morning. I'm sure I'll be a blubbering idiot after the first cylinder. I think I'm gonna take it a little easy on the powder charge at first. I'm used to loading 20gr fff in the Navy and going from that to 50gr in the Dragoon is a little intimidating.

Since I'm new to BP here's an in interesting observation. Yesterday I walked into the gun shop, dickered and closed a deal on one of the most powerful handguns ever made. The deal was consumated with me handing over $300 in cash and never even taking my (out of state) drivers license out of my wallet!!! It will be a cold day in **** before I EVER by another smokeless and have to hand over my national identity card etc.

Obviously if the government is trying to control our guns they forgot what we used in 1776 to defeat the British!!
 

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If you are going to shoot Pyrodex P in them, be scrupulous in the cleaning. I nearly lost two of mine. Pyro leaves a hard residue in the edges of the grooves and over time it can attract moisture and start rust and pitting./QUOTE]

Well, this answers a question I haven't asked yet. It was my understanding that one of the benefits of Pyrodex was that it didn't tend to corrode as badly as BP. Regardless I "do" scrub the snot out of everything except the frame with hot water, dawn and Hoppes #9 (just because I have some).

Roughly how many rounds before you should dis-assemble the trigger mechanism and go through that? Also are there any tricks or precautions to that dis-assembly, I'd like for the gun to fire again after I put it back together.

Thanks again for the info. I'm goin' out tomorrow am with friends to the desert and put some lead down range. I plan on starting with just one hole at 30gr fffg P and working my way up.
 
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