Ruger “Old Army” ‘Kirst Konverter’ Cap & Ball Cylinder

(3 customer reviews)

$245.00

Stainless Steel, Percussion cylinder for the Ruger “Old Army”
This Stainless Steel .44 caliber Cap & Ball cylinder is machined with the exact same dimensions as the original “Old Army” cylinder. It is interchangeable with the original percussion cylinder and our cylinder comes complete with the threaded nipples already installed. Like the original Percussion cylinder, we recommend using a .457 diameter ball to achieve a better chamber mouth seal and improve accuracy.
This “Old Army” percussion cylinder is intended solely for use with Black Powder. It should never, under any circumstances, be loaded with any type of smokeless powder as the result could be damage to the revolver and injury to the shooter or bystanders. The “Old Army” is designed to use a .457” diameter round ball or .454” conical bullet of pure lead.

WARNING: BEFORE LOADING

Please see the complete loading instructions and step-by-step illustrations at:

https://ruger-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/_manuals/oldArmy.pdf

 

17 in stock

Description

Instructions for the Ruger “Old Army” Percussion cylinder


PERCUSSION AMMUNITION
This “Old Army” percussion cylinder is intended solely for use with Black Powder.
It should never, under any circumstances, be loaded with any type of
smokeless powder as the result could be damage to the revolver and
injury to the shooter or bystanders. Black Powder is usually classified by powder
grain size, with “Fg” being the largest granulation and “FFFFg” being the
smallest granulation normally available. Any granulation within these gradations
could be used in the “Old Army”; normally, however, “FFFg” is the preferred
grain size. Replica black powder such as Pyrodex may be used, so long as
suggested loading data is strictly adhered to.
The “Old Army” is designed to use a .457” diameter round ball or .454” conical
bullet of pure lead. Bullets of either type can be purchased from your dealer,
ready to use, or can easily be cast at home with a small investment in equipment.

3 reviews for Ruger “Old Army” ‘Kirst Konverter’ Cap & Ball Cylinder

  1. Chris Younger (verified owner)

    The fit was perfect and the quality seems at least equal to (and likely better than) the Ruger factory cylinder. The inside of the chambers and cone recesses were smooth. Both these areas were very rough and difficult to clean on my Ruger cylinder. Since my Old Army is high gloss, I polished the outside of my Kirst cylinder when I recieved it; this only took about 30 minutes. There is also no ugly “FOR BLACK POWDER ONLY” roll marked on the Kirst cylinder. The Kirst is now my favorite and the cylinder that stays in the gun with the Ruger factory cylinder being my spare.

  2. Rich Gio (verified owner)

    The cylinder was test fit in 6 different ROAs that were made in 1972, 83, 77, 2-88, & 1995 and functioned perfectly in all 6.
    Shipping was super fast
    I hope Krist makes blued, & fluted cylinders in the future. I’d buy them both.
    Overall I’m very satisfied with my purchase

  3. dan clark (verified owner)

    fit my ’80s old army just great and seems to have a bit more capacity than the factory cylinder. why four stars? i bought 4 of the cylinders and found that lengths varied by a thousanth or more. i have two of the “new” old armies (from the 2017 run) and i had to adjust the cylinder opening in their frames by filing to get all the cylinders to fit correctly.

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