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Offline wildcat455

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Loading a Walker
« on: April 19, 2018, 08:03:52 AM »
It would seem 45 gr of Pyrodex P is all I can get in my Walker.

I read somewhere they used to go up to 60 gr.

Is that just black powder? Is there a load density difference between Pyrodex P and black powder?

Not that I intend to go up that high, gun shoots just fine at 45 gr of Pyrodex P,
and I am plenty satisfied shooting it there, just wondering what the deal is?


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Re: Loading a Walker
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2018, 09:50:27 AM »
I don't know anything about Pyrodex P but I can easily fit 55 gr. 3F Goex in my Walker.  60 gr. will fit but you have to work hard to get the ball seated.    I gave up on Pyrodex before I had a Walker to use it with.

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Re: Loading a Walker
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2018, 09:52:27 AM »
While I have not yet shot my Walker (still undergoing restoration repairs) It's been said it should hold up to 60gr with a roundball...and no wad. It's also said that a Dragoon should hold up to 50gr. I have 3 dragoons and have shot 2 out of the 3, and yes, indeedy...I can shove 50 grains of Pyro P down their angry little snouts (but rarely do...prefer to shoot 40 with a wad) so I don't see why your Walker won't take a full 60?
Pyrodex P, incidentally, is measured by VOLUME not weight, the same as 3F Black Powder.
Have you tried (with cylinder removed) seeing how much uncompressed P your cylinder chambers will hold, filled to the top?
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Re: Loading a Walker
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2018, 09:55:55 AM »
A few things I do that might change the outcome;

1) I try to use a loading stand when possible. This allows more leverage to a stabilized gun

2) I fill each chamber, then apply the wads and seat them with the loading lever (pre-compressing the powder) before seating the balls.
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Re: Loading a Walker
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2018, 10:48:34 AM »
I think I can cram in about 55 under a round ball Brushie would know he tested it also
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Re: Loading a Walker
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2018, 07:24:33 PM »
1. Are you sure you have a Walker and not a Dragoon?
2. Who manufactured it and what year was it made?
3. Are you using conicals or roundballs, with or without wads?
4. What powder measure are you using?
As for Pyrodex being more or less dense than real black powder, I'm not sure as I have only used black powder. I think 2f bp will compress more than 3f bp.

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Re: Loading a Walker
« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2018, 07:36:38 PM »
I can easily put 50 grains of 3f Goex black powder in each of my Walker cylinders with room for more. Makes me wonder too, if you don't have a Dragoon instead of a Walker. Like to see a picture of it.

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Re: Loading a Walker
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2018, 08:53:47 AM »
  I just checked my 2011 Uberti Walker(datecode CH) with two powder measures. To do the test I removed the cylinder and filled one chamber full to the top with loose 3F black powder, dumped the powder onto a sheet of paper and then put the powder into the measures.
The larger measure designed for use with rifles = about 62 grains.
The smaller measure designed for use with pistols = about 61 grains.

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Re: Loading a Walker
« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2018, 02:33:13 PM »
I would think if I can squeeze 55 in mine you gotta be able to get over 60 easily
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