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Old April 4, 2008, 07:27 AM   #1
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.45 derringer

I have a .45 black powder derringer and I have lost load info.

Any thoughts on starting powder loads?

Barrel is about 3.5".

Uses percussion caps.
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Old April 4, 2008, 09:45 AM   #2
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.440 patched ball and 25-30 grs. of FFF
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Old April 5, 2008, 05:19 AM   #3
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25-30 gr is ok, but 10-15 gr of it will get burned outside the barrel. Makes for a nice display, though. Which is probably alright since you're not exactly shooting at 100 yard gongs so velocity isn't an issue.
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Old April 5, 2008, 08:46 AM   #4
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I use about 15 to 20 with mine and a patched .440 ball. I can hit a 4 x 8 sheet of plywood with it at 25 yards.

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Old April 5, 2008, 02:23 PM   #5
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I use 15 grains with .440 prb.
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