So, I got my self a new Ruger Old Army ( Damn things keep multiplying like those Damn Colts I cant seem to pass by) and I am in the process of modifying this bad boy to fill a need for a POWERFUL side arm I can carry during the Muzzle Loading seasons where I am NOT ALLOWED to carry a centerfire/ smokeless pistol of any kind! So, the first step was to shoot it and see how she runs, second was to run a ladder test with all the different powders I can find/make, and all the .44 cal bullets I can find/mold to find where it runs best. Third step is to boost it HARD! Employing the services and expertise of our local legendary smith, We are looking to deepen the cylinder bores extra deep ( as measured, looks like we can gain about 7 or maybe 8 grains capacity) which puts this solidly into .44 mag/.45 Colt territory, which should be just enough me thinks! What's always impressed me with these Rugers is the brute strength built into them, and the accuracy is far better then any B.P. pistol I have ever run across, including the much vaunted Colt Dragoon ( Real One) and the potential of boosting one is too tempting to not do it! Pedersoli pistols of the 1858 Remington pattern can usually be deepened at least 8 grains, and it looks like the Ruger could go even deeper based on my crude measurements, BUT, I'm running hollow base conicals, so things get VERY interesting there! Will update once we deepen the cylinder and get to testing it out! Nothing fancy, YET!