View Full Version : Amount of black powder for a .45

January 9, 2010, 04:55 PM

I am a new black powder shooter and had a question on proper load amount.
I received a .45 black powder pistol from someone. I have a decent collection of firearms, but have never shot black powder. I acquired all the necessary equipment for it, however I have been unable to locate information on how much black powder I should be using to load it.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


January 9, 2010, 04:58 PM
Don't you suppose it might be helpful if you clued us as to what kind of black powder pistol you have. Not every .45 BP pistol is the same.

January 9, 2010, 04:59 PM
I'm assuming this is a cap and ball pistol.
Is it brass framed, or steel framed?

No more than 22 grains if brass.
If steel, you can use 28 to 30 grains, no problem.

Use fffg powder.
Have fun!!

January 9, 2010, 06:59 PM
I'm assuming this is a single shot pistol. 20 grs. of FFF Black Powder would do. 30 grs, if you can hold it and shoot it well.