View Full Version : Pepperbox loads?

June 4, 2001, 08:25 PM
I have acquired a Pedersoli .32 four-barreled pepperbox. What'd be a proper load of Pyrodex for this gun? (I haven't played the blackpowder game since my 1863 .44 Colt's Navy replica of a decade or so ago, and I'm pretty sure the loading data lodged in my head for that hawgleg doesn't apply to this pipsqueak... ;) )

June 7, 2001, 12:14 PM
Geez, somebody had to answer....
Well, a .44 takes between 20 and 30grs of FFFg or Pyrodex P, so I'd probably go with about 5-10 grains in the .32. A lot of this depends on the frame you have (brass or steel), and how long the barrel/chamber is. What's the round ball weight on a .32? Smallest BP pistol I've ever dealt with is a .36.

June 9, 2001, 08:27 PM
I've got some Hornady .315" lead balls that fit well when patched, I'll start experimenting in that range.

(The frame is brass, but with the barrels being a solid steel bloc, it seems pretty stout...):)