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Old December 25, 2008, 03:08 PM   #1
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Pyrodex FF in 1858?

Just received my Pietta case hardened frame with checkered grips 1858 from Cabelas for Christmas. I have shot a navy 36 colt for years but never a 44. I am out of 3f however and was wondering if Pyrodex 2ff (not P) would be okay to shoot in the 58 and if so how many grains? It is all I have at the moment and am itching to get to the range.
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Old December 25, 2008, 03:29 PM   #2
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I used Pryodex FFG in my Ruger with great results - actually more accurate at 100 yds for some reason than FFFG.
In an 1858 I'd use the same amount as FFFg - maybe 30 grs.

This is from an old Colt Industries pamphlet:
"FFG black powder is best for large and medium-size revolvers, and FFFG for the small pocket models, but any grade that is available will work reasonably well."
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Old December 25, 2008, 09:17 PM   #3
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I've used Pyro RS for years in 58's. Actually I can't tell any difference between RS and P. I use 35 grs.
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Old December 26, 2008, 10:20 AM   #4
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Hawg was the first to tell me about the RS when i "complained" about the price of P - I too cannot tell any difference in prefomance
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Old December 26, 2008, 04:32 PM   #5
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According to MEC in his book "Percussion Pistols", the powder normally used during the 1850s-60s is "rifle powder", AKA FFG
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Old December 27, 2008, 01:46 PM   #6
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Well, I'm just adding to the string.

I'm pretty new to shooting a '58, but I've used a lot of Pyro RS (FFg), with #10 caps and have had no ignition problems at all. My '58 shoots nice groups with 25 gr. and a .454 ball.

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Old December 28, 2008, 10:07 PM   #7
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I have a remington 1858 new army .44 made by traditions. I have only shot FFFg poweder in it and only 15 grains. What is the max grains that should be used?
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