Re: I am going to reload 32-40 black powder cartridges and need some tips.
Thank you for your concern, but I have been making my own black powder for years. Buying commercially produced black powder is scary to me. All of the bp manufacturers use a different recipe, so not any two ffg powders will have the same burn rate. I know the burn rate of my powder, and it is as consistant as the sun rising in the morning. The big difference between commercial bp burn rates come from the type of wood used to make the charcoal for the BP. Willow, for instance, burns EXTREMELY hot. On the other hand, oak burns much cooler. If one manufacturer uses Willow charcoal for their ffg, and another one uses Oak charcoal, you will have two ffg black powders with different burn rates and temperature differences.
I agree that making bp is a hazardous hobby. I have been making it for 20+ years and have the burn scars to prove it. The wisdom I have gained with age is that explosions and fire are guarenteed when making bp, so plan accordingly.
Thanks for the loading tips, and I appreciate the Mt. Baldy info. I will give them a shout. I think I will stick with gas checked bullets instead of punching cardboard. The way my luck goes, the hot embers from the burned cardboard would start a brush fire on my property.