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Old November 9th, 2012, 08:44 AM   #31
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[QUOTE][/QClean up is easy, I cheat and wash my revolvers with Windex. Dry 'em off then later clean and oil them normally. Nary a problem.UOTE]

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Old December 9th, 2012, 05:53 AM   #32
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If y'all want the same effect, with a lot less clean up mess, try "Trail Boss" powder. It is a modern powder, intended for cowboy action shooters. Six grains will fill up the case, and give you about 750 FPS.....Robin
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Old December 14th, 2012, 09:06 AM   #33
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I beg to differ . I use and have tested Trail Boss quite a bit. And you are right it is quite clean buring. However it is 'nothing' like shooting BP or BP substitutes . Just say'n . Getting messing is part of the fun!
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Old March 18th, 2013, 08:57 AM   #34
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Finally took the time to load up some BP.

I do so much like BOOM over bang. Brought back a lot of memories but without the fuss of loading the cylinders. Just pop in new cartridges.

I went with 35gr of 3F under a 250gr RNFT cast but I think I'm going to go get a bottle of 2F and see if it is more to my liking.
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Back in the day(1970's) when I shot BP quite a bit, I used the then available Hodgdon 2F and 3F in both the Remington 44 cap and ball, 58 cal. Zouave musket as well as 45 Colt cases. It was a blast, literally. However, messy, stinky-especially cleaning with hot soapy water, and you'd best disassemble the pistol as the fouling gets in every nook and cranny such as the hand(pawl) and under the trigger guard. With the Remington it gets inside the nipples and around the screw threads. If you don't clean it well, dry and oil you're inviting rust over night.
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Old September 27th, 2013, 08:41 PM   #36
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Cartrige Cases Black Powder

I take a half gallon container to the range filled with 50 % water and 50 % vinegar 9 % acidity. Grocery Store variety, Throw spent cases in solution, you will see a bubbling action right away.
Easier to clean before you get home ..Empty when you get home put cases in a dryer rack. Next day, tumbler 45 minutes and reload.
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If you are going to shoot many black powder cartridges in a revolver, as was mentioned above, it is EXTREMELY important to clean your cases promptly.

My discipline was to clean the revolver AT THE RANGE immediately after shooting.

I carried a gallon milk jug 3/4 full of tap water with a couple of squirts of Dawn dishwashing liquid in it. After I cleaned my revolver, I would DECAP my cases (important to get the fouling out of the primer pockets) and drop them in the jug of cleaning solution. I have a neat hand operated decapper but you can also use a punch and base to decap the cases. By the time I got home, they would be pretty dern clean. Then a really good rinse with hot tap water and then pour the jug of water and cases in a large plastic colander (dedicated to ONLY cleaning cases) and shake the excess water off. While they were still damp but warm from the hot tap water, I would dump them in my large Dillon Vibratory Tumbler and tumble for a couple of hours. They came out looking like new.

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.45 Colt

Has anyone tried to reload the .45 Colt with smokeless powder and use some wads to fill the dead space... If so how much powder and how many wads would make a tight load...
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wads.... with smokeless powder
That is asking for BIG trouble. See, when a load is developed, the airspace is taken into account to keep the pressure within 'limits'.... You constrict the airspace and you have just increased the pressure.... NOT GOOD. All load data for smokeless powders are developed with the given airspace under the bullet expected to be there.... Even if you did, you'd have to take into account the compressibility of the wad material.... And then you ask yourself ... For what purpose am I trying to do this? No reason at all. You want to fill the case, use the correct powder. Like TrailBoss, or 4227, or black powder, or....
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I recently was given about 8lbs of Win452AA powder-It was designed for 12ga shotgun-would like to try it in my Ruger Blackhawk .45LC--suggested starting load?
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GONRA wonders if .45 Long Colt Balloon Head Case Black Powder fans
could load the same heavy black powder charge into easier-to-get
(exacty WHERE does one get "balloon head" cases these days?)
.454 Casull cases to do essentially the "same thing".
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I cheated!

I used to use a duplex load in my Vaquero, and my Rossi 92 Win. copy in .45 Colt. Haven't shot either one in years I'm ashamed to say.

Very clean burning, still lots of smoke, but slightly different smell. No fouling at all. I used to anneal the case necks too, and used a taper crimp. A heavy roll crimp strips lead in my experience, causing leading.

I used 27grs. of 3F Swiss on top of 3 grains of IMR 4227 if I recall, with a card wad of about 1/16" thickness for a compressed load with a 250 gr. bullet that has regular smokeless lube. I vibrated the loaded cases by gentle shaking / bouncing a case tray on my bench for a few seconds to settle all the powder.

Cases still got ugly, but I'd dunk 'em in soapy water right away, then decap and clean in my ultrasonic, then tumble. Still a bit ugly, but worked fine the next go round.
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Two parts Ballistol to 8 parts water in a spray bottle is excellent black powder solvent and neutralizes all the salts. It smells funny but I can't smell anymore so it doesn't matter. I squirt it right down the bore generously until it comes out light grey and let it set while cleaning the other parts with the same mix. Follow up cleaning the bore with a solvent wet bore snake or cleaning rod and it's shiny clean again. Once dry, I use straight Ballistol to oil and lube BP firearms.
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I've shot 777, Pyrodex, APP, and BP in 45-70, 45 Colt, factory BP loads in 38-40. I recommend soaking brass in Windex with VINEGAR right away or it will corrode.

I just fill the case to the brim without a drop tube (or about 1/4" below with a drop tube) and seat the bullet to compress.
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Old November 16th, 2016, 06:57 AM   #45
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I recently loaded 30gr. of 3f BP for my Ruger Vaquero. I used 240gr. jhp bullets. I seated as deep as possible to slightly compress the BP. Then crimped them rather well.
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