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Old June 8, 2009, 07:40 PM   #1
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Navy Yank Pietta kit.

Got all the machine marks off my Pietta 36 Navy Yank 36 steel frame kit finnely(wore my thumb out) got her blued no pix sorry. I shoot Buff bulls 125grn over 13grns of P-dex can hit a torso size target even time @ 60 yards or so! funny thing its a steel target and to me it seem that the smoke clears before I hear the ring LOL balls are what 65grns? But anywho how long dcan I really keep my gun(36 Navy) loaded? I have central air/heat stays about the same all the time so I figger two weeks or so. I should know this but.
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Old June 8, 2009, 07:59 PM   #2
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A .375 round ball weighs 79 grains; a .380 round ball weighs 82 grains.

Real black powder is very stable and can be left in a gun indefinitely; if it gets wet simply dry it out and it will fire without degradation.

Pyrodex is also very stable and has a very long shelf life if kept covered in a canister or gun chamber. However, if it gets wet it degrades badly; Hodgdon's web site says Pyrodex that has been wetted is 'ruined' (their wording).
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Old June 8, 2009, 10:42 PM   #3
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Your load sounded a tad light, so I did a quick search for a reference load. Gander Mountain lists a steel frame .36 Navy as having "30-grain loose powder loading capacity". Sounds kinda stiff, I only shoot 28gr in my .44. Maybe the 30gr is to be divided between 6 chambers, LOL.
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Sounds like your bullet may be going a bit on the slow side, coupled with the hang time of a punted football
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Old June 9, 2009, 07:13 AM   #4
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13 grains is reasonable for a heavy round like the one he's shooting. That bullet takes up a lot of chamber volume. 20 to 25 grains would be the range for the .375/.380 round ball. Full chamber loads are safe but inaccurate.
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Old June 9, 2009, 08:07 AM   #5
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Colt specifications for the .36 belt model is 15 to 20 gr of FFFg, with 18 recommended, that is for both round ball and conical bullets.
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Old June 12, 2009, 10:22 AM   #6
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Going to go up to 15gr to see how she does. Funny thing My manual that came with said 9-12 . 9gr was like shooting a cap gun LOL
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Old June 13, 2009, 11:10 AM   #7
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Shot 15gr last night far brtter. Going to try 17gr today.
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