Traditions™ Loading Block Stand for Blackpowder Revolver Cylinders
Makes loading revolver easier
I tested out this reloading block and really like it .
Makes pressing balls into revolver more uniform and much easier and convenient than loading from revolver. Nice to be able to just brush off excess lead shaving after pressing in ball.
April 6, 2011
Good idea, not good execution
Bought this for my 1858 Remington, first it doesn't line up right and pushes balls or conicals in crooked. the ram that goes in the cylinder is too short and the peg that the arm is attached to is too short to start straight.
I had to grip the cylinder and peg together to get on it.
first bullet bent the arm. put the arm the other way and bent it back. Tried on the next one, same thing. When loading balls it's crooked and the handle bends but not as bad as conicals. Don't know if I got a bad one or if all are the same but i'm sending it back.
the ones that said the arm is hard to bend must not have the same model since the part that goes though the wooden handle is 1/4 to 3/8 max un-hardened metal
November 2, 2012
Works Great with my Remington Cylinders
I got this loader at the store as a display model. It looks to be improved over what is pictured. The handle appears to be longer, which gives it more leverage. The wooden handle was just raw wood, with no finish, but some stain & polyurethane solved that problem. The arm connecting handle & ball ram is sturdier than pictured & if you can bend this, you need a job in a steel mill or at the circus. The ball ram is also parkerized steel & not shiney as shown in the catalog photo.
Thew catalog description says it will fit both Remington and Colt models, but unless there is an adaptor sleeve that fits over the spindle holding the cylinder in place, it won't work properly or safely for Colt cylinders, which have a larger diameter cylinder pin than does the Remington.
It is interesting to note that this loader WILL work & lines up properly with Ruger New Army Cylinders.
This is a worthwhile addition to the range accessories of any Remington shooter who fires 50-100 rounds during an afternoon range session.
Unless it has some kind of spindle adaptor sleeve to properly secure a Colt cylinder, it will be a big disappointment for Colt 1851 & 1860 shooters.
Before use, be sure to align the ram/handle & tighten up the allen-head screw underneath - it's not supposed to swivel. Also tighten up the spindle.
May 28, 2012
The block loader is great to use to load your black powder pistol. you can load all 6 cylinders at once
without dumping powder all over the place.the balls and plugs go in just as easy.
I can't see how they could load this gun,, back in the day,, out in the field,, without a big mess and wasting a lot of powder.
December 26, 2012