Re: New Guy with a Question
The old rule was to hold the round ball in the palm of your hand and pour powder over it until the ball is just covered. Pick out the ball and pour that powder into a measure. Adjust the measure to see what volume you have. That is your median load.
50 Cal CVAs will work extremely well with 70 to 90 grains VOLUME of powder. I don't exceed that unless I'm shooting Power Belts in one of the TCs, and then only up to 120 grains VOLUME. The CVA never gets more than 100 grains VOLUME.
Note the emphasis on VOLUME measurements. You never figure your loads in black powder (or substitutes) by weight. Always by VOLUME.