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Old January 20, 2012, 01:25 PM   #1
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1851 Pietta

What is the correct cap size and fffg powder load for an 1851 36 cal pietta?
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Old January 20, 2012, 02:50 PM   #2
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boy, what a can of worms.

Generally #10 Remingtons will work on most guns. Add TRESO nipples and it's a guarantee.
Powder? FFFg 20 grs? As many opinions as there are forum members.
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Old January 20, 2012, 04:29 PM   #3
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What Noz Said. Especially about the many opinions part.

If it's a brass frame, I'd drop back to 15 to 18 grains of fffg
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Old January 20, 2012, 08:25 PM   #4
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There is no 'correct' load, only a bunch of opinions. Your job is to try a few and see what works best in your gun.

Caps are nearly the same problem - OEM nipples seem to vary with every new batch of guns. What one guy says works for his gun may or may not work for yours, and someone will absolutely come along and say they don't work for his.
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