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Old March 27, 2012, 05:01 PM   #1
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Black Powder reloading

Does anyone have blackpowder reloading data for 45 long colt, 255 gr round? and 160 gr round for 38 spl?
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Old March 27, 2012, 05:42 PM   #2
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from the hodgdon web sight

Pyrodex In Cartridges: The mechanics of reloading metallic cartridges are quite simple, but there is one requirement of the modern shooter that cannot be overlooked. The modern loader must set aside his knowledge of loading with smokeless powders and embrace the ways of years gone by. It must always be remembered that blackpowder and Pyrodex are very inefficient powders by today's standards. The methods described here are consistent with good loading practices for Pyrodex and should be followed without regard to smokeless loading practices.

Pyrodex works best in straight walled cases, but it will work satisfactorily in bottle necked cartridges as long as our warnings are observed.

WARNING: Never allow an air space in any cartridge loaded with Pyrodex. The loading density must be 100% by light compression. 100% loading density may be accomplished in two ways:

The case is filled with powder to a level that will provide light compression of the powder (1/16" to 1/8") when the bullet is seated. Bottle necked cases must be loaded in this manner.

In straight walled cases, filler wads may be used to reduce the powder charge. This is done by inserting card or Polyethylene wads between the base of the bullet and the powder. Wads should be sized to the internal diameter of the cartridge case. The loader must be careful to insure that there are no void spaces in the assembled cartridge. NEVER use any other type of filler material. Be careful as loads are reduced. At some point, the bullet will fail to exit the bore.

When loading cartridges with Pyrodex or Triple Seven, you may use a powder measure designed for smokeless powders. Learn more.

Pyrodex does produce a corrosive residue from combustion. Even though this fouling is softer than the fouling produced by blackpowder, firearms should be cleaned after each use. Hodgdon Powder Co. recommends the use of natural cleaning solvents.

Cartridge cases that have been fired using Pyrodex require special care. As soon as possible after firing, cases should be de-primed and immersed in 50% water and white vinegar. The acidity of the vinegar will neutralize the corrosive residues remaining in the case. Care should be taken to limit the soaking time of the cases in the vinegar to 10 minutes. Soaking for a longer time may cause etching of the brass case resulting in shortened case life. Rinse cases with clear water, dry and polish in a tumbler with corncob or walnut shell media.
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Old March 27, 2012, 10:32 PM   #3
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Pryodex isn't' black powder..........
I'd think you'll find more info posting in the "Black Powder and Cowboy Action Shooting" forum.
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Old March 28, 2012, 03:53 PM   #4
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Agreed, but it is a black powder substitute and loads the same. Also a lot easier to get than real black powder. Many store no longer carry real black powder. Too many hoops for them to jump through with ATF.
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Old March 29, 2012, 08:18 AM   #5
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He asked about black powder and the long respone was about something else. Short answere, black powder being low pressure, just fill case, seat bullet. Shoot.
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