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Can a felon legally own a Cap & Ball Revolver?

Discussion in 'General Firearms & Ammo' started by philipgonzales3, Apr 3, 2020.

  1. jrbfishn

    jrbfishn TGT Addict

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    Even if it was a qualifying replica but hd a conversion cylinder to shoot a cartridge, it is against the law.

    but only if the replica does not use rim fire or center fire ammunition.

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  2. Rhino

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    Mine was a genuine pre-1988 "Lemon Squeezer" which IS legal. You are correct about modern replicas - they can only be BP cap and ball or flintlock.
     
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  3. jrbfishn

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    Looked a again.
    You are right. It says a replica can not shoot a cartridge. It does not specify if a genuine antique can or not.
    So, technically, if it is a genuine antique from that time period that shoots a cartridge, it is legal and does not qualify as a firearm.


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    I never chose to fire the thing to find out if THAT was a safe idea. Best I've heard is to get set up to reload. The .38 used 38 S&W NOT 38 Special and I was always wondering if I shot it with modern ammo if it would be safe. When the group I was with was carrying it was always considered that we could be arrested.
     
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  5. jrbfishn

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    AFAIK, it would not be safe. Smokeless powder has a much higher pressure curve. In my black powder conversions I can shoot 35grn of BP but have to load down to cowboy action loads for smokeless.

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    For my Remington 44s with .45 colt conversions;
    Small pistol primers
    35grns 3fg BP
    Enough wads to compress the powder
    .452 lead conical bullet.
    Most are surprised at the recoil. They think it will be like the movies where they shoot and it doesn't recoil.

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    I read up on it quite a bit. It might have worked... I tried to find older cartridges that weren't jacketed.

    http://smith-wessonforum.com/s-w-antiques/510886-old-38-s-w-guns-new-ammo-ok.html
     
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    I have found BP guns typically have a little deeper rifling for softer lead bullets than modern guns. You also have to be careful if you buy lead bullets to reload for BP because they are made harder for use in modern cartridges with higher pressures.

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    Don't think I've ever read where the reformed felon tells us what the lawyer told him.
    It's not illegal to talk to a lawyer, so why not just do it.
     
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    Well, the OP hasn't replied since last Saturday. I have to think he wasn't getting the answers he was looking for here.

    General consensus was among the replies given, that he consult an attorney.
     


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