How much powder to use?

Discussion in 'Black Powder Shooting / Muzzleloaders / Handguns' started by moose_shooter, Apr 29, 2003.

  1. moose_shooter

    moose_shooter New Member

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    I've recently aquired repros of both a Colt Navy and a New Army revolver. The pistols came from the previous owner with caps, balls, powder and several different size powder flasks.
    I can easily weigh the charge that each flask will "drop". So my question is, how much powder do I want to use in these .44 cal beasties? I have found all sorts of info on the loading procedures, etc, but no one seems to list a range of recomended charges. I'm looking forward to trying these out this weekend, so any help would be appreciated.

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    Last edited: Apr 29, 2003
  2. bigboom338

    bigboom338 New Member

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    Moose,if memory serves me right you will want to use 25 gr. However do not hold me to this. Someone who is a whole lot smarter than I, will surely come along and answer this for sure.:D
  3. Guest

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    Yup -

    Around 25 gr of FFFG, or Pyrodex Pistol is about right for the old Colts.
  4. armedandsafe

    armedandsafe Guest

    Get a copy of the Lyman Black Powder loading manual. There are many loads listed there.
  5. Redneck2000

    Redneck2000 New Member

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    Moose Shooter:
    I've just got a repo of the 1847 Walker Colt :p and am shooting 25 gr of BP with a .451 round ball. The book indicates a range of 22-30gr for this shooter, but I find the 25gr loes very well for paper punching.
    Good shooting...
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    Welcome to TFF Redneck2000 hope you post often, and enjoy the site.
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    ruffitt *TFF Admin Staff* In Heaven Now

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    Pyrodex pistoll pellets in 44 and 45 caliber come in 30 grain sizes, so I would imagine that at these would be fine to use if your pistols are in good mechanical condition.
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