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Old July 3, 2008, 07:31 AM   #1
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Booming on the Fourth

What's the best/safest way to make blank loads?
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Old July 3, 2008, 07:54 AM   #2
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Do what the reenactors do - loose powder, without even using a ramrod to compress it.
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Old July 3, 2008, 08:11 AM   #3
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I use loose powder and seat a ball made of aluminum foil to give the charge a little compression ...no worries about the foil ball starting grass fires like a paper or cloth wadding would .
Reenactors are not allowed to use a ram rod these days ..they had some accidents where the ramrods were forgotten in the bore and shot out , of course if you are just wanting the boom for the 4th , you won`t be shooting in an unsafe direction eaither way .
Another tip if you own a smooth bore ..use it ..it will make the clean up alot easyer ..you wouldn`t beleive how dirty blanks can get a barrel .
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Old July 3, 2008, 12:43 PM   #4
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Just pour yur charges and lightly press a lube pill on top of them. With 3 or 4, 5-7 gr of BP you can shoot flies indoors with them lube pilss as boolits
How'd the other batch come out anyway?

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Old July 3, 2008, 10:54 PM   #5
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Loose powder. BTW, as a young adult, I'd stuff foil balls down atop for compression. That's what the chocolate bar foils are good for (or even used foil wrap).
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Old July 3, 2008, 11:33 PM   #6
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Double charge of powder, and a fiber shotgun wad. Preferrably from a very large bore singleshot pistol with maybe a 6" to 8" barrel. You would not believe how loud. Don't ask me how I know.
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Old July 3, 2008, 11:42 PM   #7
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BTW, for anyone living in an area with a high fire hazard, don't use felt wads or anything else that can start a fire. Load only with black powder and point it in the air to make sure you don't start a grass fire. Let's be safe and sane this Fourth.
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