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Old April 10, 2005, 03:41 PM   #1
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.50/70 black powder loads

Does anyone have any info on a light black powder load for the .50/70 cartridge in a sharps carbine? I've heard of a 50 grain load for the carbines, any comment on this or other info?
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Old April 26, 2005, 10:49 AM   #2
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What I would do, because every rifle is different, is start by filling the case with powder, and experiment with different bullets. It is the combination of the two that is important. You will find a bullet that the rifle likes. Also, I am told that different powders produce different results. In any event, the case was meant to be filled and tamped. Yes, you can then measure the amount of powder that fills the case and allows for the seating of the bullet of your choice at the depth of your choice.
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Old April 26, 2005, 12:51 PM   #3
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Never leave airspace between the base of the bullet and the powder when using black powder.

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Old April 26, 2005, 03:34 PM   #4
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A friend of mine has a .50 Sharps carbine that doesn't exactly kick real HARD, it is just that the barrel rises to a very high angle when fired. Interesting.

Best to avoid airspace as Mike says, but I see no reason not to cut the load to 50 grains or so, with card filler wads as said to have been used in the .45-55-405 carbine loading of .45-70 trapdoor.
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