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Old December 7, 2011, 12:28 PM   #1
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50 cal Traditions pistol

Can I shoot conicals with this pistol, and if so, what loads do you recommend? I am new to this B/P game but I LOVE it. Thanks in advance for your help. jvw7
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Old December 7, 2011, 12:49 PM   #2
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Traditions makes the Vortek inline pistol that's designed for hunting with conicals and heavy powder charges. They also make traditional sidelock pistols.
Assuming that you have a sidelock pistol, can you describe it or tell us the model?
Below is the PDF owner's manual for all Traditions sidelock pistols and rifles.
Page 5 of the PDF gives the most accurate and the maximum round ball charges, and directly underneath the chart it states:


Conical Projectiles

Conical projectiles must be loaded without patches. If they are not purchased prelubricated, they must be greased with Traditions™ WonderLube or any commercial black powder bullet lube.
The most accurate load for a conical projectile is usually 5 to 10 grains above those for round balls.
Maximum powder loads* for these projectiles in each caliber are identical to those noted above for round balls.
Conical projectiles must fit tightly. {See Recommended Loads)
Remember if using 777 powder then reduce its volume by 15% due to its increased potency.

Good luck and be sure to visit TFL's Black Powder and Cowboy Action Shooting forum.

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